Russian antimonopoly watchdog accuses Forbes of advertisement law violation
MOSCOW, May 10 (RAPSI) – The Federal Antimonopoly Service’s (FAS) Moscow directorate ruled that AC Rus Media company, founder and publisher of Forbes magazine in Russia, had violated legislation by advertising smoking products, the watchdog announced on Wednesday.
According to the FAS, there was advertisement of “Zenith” watches brand published in the “Cohiba Special Edition version” in one of the Forbes issues. The layout contained the registered trademark for the Cohiba manufacturer of Cuban cigars and was related directly to the watches advertisement.
The FAS directorate believes that the whole image could spark the readers' interest not only in the watches, but also in tobacco products produced by Cohiba. Such advertisement is prohibited by Russian legislation.
Earlier, the service found that publishing house Conde Nast, founder and publisher of GQ magazine, had also violated legislation by publishing similar advertisement.