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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bill Allows Parties to Use Billboards

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Wednesday it would submit an amendment to the State Duma that would allow political parties to use billboards for campaign ads.

The service recently notified the Central Election Commission that it believes any political information on billboards violates the federal law on advertising and that the commission therefore should ban parties from using billboards.

The current law allows billboards to carry information on products and services that can be bought and sold, whereas political ads do not fit these criteria, the service said in a statement posted on its web site.

The statement said the amendment had been drafted and sent to the Kremlin, government and Central Election Commission for review.

It was unclear whether the Duma would consider and pass the bill in time for the upcoming campaign for the Duma elections in December.