Putin signs law making swearing in the media illegal
MOSCOW, April 8 - RAPSI. President Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing fines for obscene language used in the media, the Kremlin website reports on Monday.
The new federal law "introduces administrative penalties for the production and distribution of media products containing obscene language," the statement reads.
Individuals charged with this offence will be subject to a fine ranging from 2000, to 3000 rubles ($63.25-$94.90); state officials will pay 5000-20,000 rubles ($160 - $630); and legal entities will face a penalty ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 rubles ($630-$6,300).
Expert linguists will determine which words are to be considered "obscene language."
The bill was adopted by the State Duma on March 19 and approved by the Federation Council on March 27.