Regulator sues Russian publisher of Cosmopolitan and Esquire
MOSCOW, November 25 (RAPSI) – The Moscow department of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has filed five lawsuits against Fashion Press Publishers of the Finnish media holding Sanoma, TASS reported on Tuesday, citing the regulator’s press service.
Fashion Press publishes the magazines Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Populyarnaya Mekhanika (Popular Mechanics), Domashny Ochag (House & Home), Vkusno i Polezno (Tasty & Healthy) and Robb Report.
These publications published advertising without indicating the obligatory age limits.
Before filing lawsuits, the Moscow FAS department held onsite inspections, which revealed that Cosmopolitan Psychology, Domashny Ochag Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Esquire published information ads without age limit ratings, notably in the insertions Sports.ru, Kulinarnaya Akademiya LG (Culinary Academy), KidRead and the online shop lamoda.ru.
A hearing for the five lawsuits has been scheduled for November 27.
Russian law stipulates that the advertising of information products must be rated in accordance with the federal law On the Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development.
The Moscow FAS has initiated 27 previous lawsuits against Fashion Press after finding over 50 ads in its publications that did not carry the required word “advertising” or “sponsored feature.”
Finnish media holding Sanoma owns 50 percent of Fashion Press Publishers. The rest is held by US publisher Hearst.