The State Duma has just banned advertising on pay channels. It actually kills the cable TV in the country

Committees of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy at the plenary session adopted amendments to the law on advertising in the second and third readings.

In the second reading for the adoption of the amendments voted 236 deputies, while the third - 243.

Between the second and third readings of the deputy of the “Fair Russia” Valery Hartung, noting that this law actually kills independent television in Russia.

Also made a deputy from the Communist Party, Nikolai Kolomeytsev that commenting of the amendments relating to beer, said that they threaten the country “alcoholism.”

Eve, July 3, the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, first postponed consideration of three bills with amendments to the law on advertising related to the prohibition of advertising on pay TV. But later re-assembled and in a secret meeting at 19:00 voted to the last day of plenary vote on these amendments were made.

July 1 the majority of deputies of the State Duma in the first reading voted for amendments which involve advertising ban on paid cable and satellite TV channels. Opposed by all opposition factions in full: KPRF, LDPR and Fair Russia. Also voted against and some deputies edinorosy, in particular, Deputy Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee Viktor Zvagel’skii.

This bill before entering parliament called stormy discussion in television circles and forced off-air channels leaders sent an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, State Duma Speaker Naryshkin and authors of the law.

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