Three parties in the Duma illegally deprived of airtime in the regions

Monthly up to 20 regional branches of all-Russian state television and radio broadcasting company (VGTRK) contrary to the law do not cover the activities of the three Duma parties — LDPR, CPRF and “Fair Russia”. This was announced by the Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina, reports TASS on Wednesday, 17 may.

“The main issue raised by representatives of those parties is a small light on regional channels of VGTRK activities of the parliamentary parties”, — said Grishin.

The CEC Chairman, Ella Pamfilova, in turn, noted that this issue was raised repeatedly in the Commission, and proposed to return to look for his solutions. “This is a chronic problem, let’s just get back to it”, she said.

Pamfilova also instructed to prepare a conversion to RTR.

On 21 March it was reported that the members of the Federation Council is preparing a bill that will require public media to provide free airtime or print space under the coverage of the work of parliamentarians in the regional media. Amendments will be made to the law on status of deputies of the state Duma and members of Federation Council.

Regular mention in the state media all represented in Parliament parties are guaranteed by the law “On guarantees of equality of parliamentary parties in covering their activities in state public television and radio channels”. The CEC has started monitoring the airtime, allocated to parties in September 2009.