Court upholds prohibition to use WWII statue in advertising
MOSCOW, January 12 - RAPSI. A federal commercial court has upheld the antitrust watchdog's resolution that Greefieldbank violated the law by using the image of "The Motherland Calls" statue in its advertisement, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
The bank earlier said in court that it "never wished to insult WWII veterans" and did not use any expletives concerning the cultural monument, which is a violation of the law.
The antitrust authority argued that the bank advertisement pictures the statue at an unusual angle, calling for the use of bank deposits, which insulted the individual who filed a complaint.
In addition, the bank indicated the interest rate, but failed to indicate the other conditions of its banking services, which constitutes a breach of law.
The antitrust authority made the contested decision in August 2010. The bank violated the law by including official national symbols and World Heritage List items in the advertisement.
According to its main indexes, Greefieldbank is a Russia's 600th bank.