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Russian bill would fine cursing in media

March 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

MOSCOW, March 16 (UPI) -- Russian media could be fined for printing or broadcasting foul language under a bill approved by the lower house of parliament, officials say.

The bill would assess fines of as much as $6,400, even for swear words left in readers' comments on websites, RIA Novosti reported Friday.

Bill co-author Sergei Zheleznyak said laws currently regulate language in public places and the media can be viewed as a public place.

The bill would need to be passed by the Federation Council and signed by the president before becoming law.