Senators Sergei Tsekov and Olga Cowicide in the Duma introduced a bill which prohibits the use in advertising and printed materials distorted map of Russia. We are talking primarily about the absence of maps of the Crimea and Sevastopol. The document is available in the electronic database of the lower house of Parliament
As stated in the explanatory Memorandum to the bill, amendments are planning to amend the law “On advertising”. The authors believe that changes are needed to be able to regulate the production and distribution of printed materials, educational literature and maps.
As examples of senators has led the advertising of beer “Siberian Crown”, where, as they say, “as a trade mark is used geographic map of the Republic of Crimea and city of Federal importance Sevastopol”. A similar example was in advertising of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.
“In tourism TripAdvisor company designated Crimea as a subject of Ukraine, referring to a similar classification within the United Nations”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum.
All this, according to the authors of the bill may qualify as the promotion of the violation of the territorial integrity of Russia.
Sergei Tsekov in conversation with explained that the bill aimed “not only against advertising, and in General, against the violation of the territorial integrity of Russia”.
“Map of Russia to be used in the borders, where it is, and not without the Crimea, it did without the Crimea are doing. For example, on the label of beer “Siberian crown” card is posted without the Crimea. In other ads, in particular, Coca-Cola, card also appear without the Crimea”, — he said.
According to senators, the amendments will ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards in advertising in trade, tourism and in the production of printed products.
According to article 280.1 of the Russian Criminal code, public calls for action aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the country punished including a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles or imprisonment for up to four years.
Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum in 2014. Ukraine, the European Union, USA and other countries deemed it “annexation.”