MOSCOW, May 13 (RAPSI) – The State Duma passed a bill banning persons convicted of crimes of average gravity to stand as candidates in any election in a final third reading on Wednesday.

The ban is to be active 5 years after expungement of conviction, the document reads.

The draft law prohibits persons convicted of involvement of minors in crimes and inducing them to suicide, kidnapping, obstruction of electoral commissions’ operation and exercitation of electoral rights, falsification of voting documents, public calls for extremism and infringement of territorial sovereignty, fraud, money laundering and repeated violation of the order of organizing and holding rallies from running for election.

Previously, such a ban was applied to grave crime convicts.