MOSCOW, January 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Ministry of Culture, on an assignment from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, is working out a bill aimed at supporting book business, Darya Simbayeva, chief specialist at the section of legal expert examination of the Ministry's regulatory affairs department, told the newspaper Izvestia.
"At a meeting on October 7, 2013, Dmitry Medvedev assigned the Ministry of Culture to develop a number of measures in support of Russian bookshops, which, while not manifesting particular successes in profitability, still perform important social functions," the paper points out.
Simbayeva said amendments being prepared "are aimed at drafting mechanisms for supporting and granting benefits to entrepreneurs who engage in book publishing business".
"In particular, provision is made for allotting premises to them for the transaction of business," she added. It is reported that Federal institutions and agencies which are within the Ministry's jurisdiction will be able to allot premises for trading outlets.
The text of the suggested amendment to the Law on the Protection of Competition will be ready soon and will be brought up for a public discussion.
At the end of November 2013, President Vladimir Putin said at a Russian literary assembly that Russia is no longer the world's most reading country like the Soviet Union used to be. The Head of State said people in Russia read nine minutes a day in average, and this figure decreases specifically in view of digital technologies development and avoiding classical paper editions.