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State Duma to debate bill on swear words in media in final reading Tuesday

March 19, 2013, 4:24 UTC+3

It imposes fines of up to 200,000 roubles for legal entities for profane words in the mass media

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MOSCOW, March 18 (Itar-Tass) - Deputy Speaker of Russia's State Duma, Sergei Zheleznyak of the United Russia party. expects the lower house of parliament will consider in the third and final reading a bill imposing fines for swear words in the media at the session Tuesday, March 19.

“I hope the draft law on banning foul language in the media will be debated in the third reading already on Tuesday and will be submitted then then to the Federation Council that will consider it on March 27,” Zheleznyak told reporters.

Last Friday, the Duma adopted in the second reading. It imposes fines of up to 200,000 roubles /U.S. $1=RUB 30.76/ for legal entities for profane words in the mass media.

The fines have remained unchanged as compared to those in the bill adopted in the first reading. The individuals violating provisions of the new legislative act and using profanity-laden language in the media will have to pay 2,000 to 3,000 roubles, while officials will face the fines ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 rubles and the legal entities, from 20,000 to 200,000 rubles.

Amendments to the law ‘On Mass Media’ impose a ban on “distributing profanity-laden materials by using the mass media for this purpose.”

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