Senators proposed to ban advertising with maps of Russia without the Crimea. The relevant bill was submitted to the State Duma and placed in the electronic database of the lower house of Parliament. As indicated in the explanatory note the amendments are planned to be added to the advertising law.
The Federation Council considers the distribution of distorted topographic data inadmissible. First of all we are talking about the absence of the Crimea and Sevastopol on maps. For example, on the labels of Pepsi and Coca-Cola products the map of Russia is printed without the Crimea.and TripAdvisor has placed the Crimea in Ukraine.
The Council of Federation believes that the maps of Russia without the Crimea is a hidden propaganda for changing the territorial integrity of Russia, says one of the amendments drafters, a member of the Council of Federation from the Crimea, Sergei Tsekov: «They work in Russia, they distribute information materials in Russia. Pepsi, Coca-Cola, other brands themselves must find a way out of this situation and should develop some kind of system that will allow them to work in Russia but do not distort the territory of Russia in their information materials.» On the question that the site TripAdviser is an international and refers to a similar classification in the UN structures and considers the Crimea as a subject of Ukraine Mr. Tsykov replied that if this amendment would be adopted the companies would be punished. There can be no exceptions. Also Mr. Tsykov said that later the method of violating the law on advertising will be worked out.
According the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for public appeals to violate the territorial integrity of the country, a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles or up to four years of imprisonment is foreseen.