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Medvedev calls for equal access to state media for parties

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev demanded on Friday that regional election commissions provide political parties with equal access to airtime in state media.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev demanded on Friday that regional election commissions provide political parties with equal access to airtime in state media.

Medvedev visited the central Kostroma Region's election commission on Friday to discuss key aspects of its work during election campaigns, and in particular equal opportunities for parties.

Russia will hold parliamentary elections in December 2011.

"There is no actual equality as all parties are different: there are parties having greater and smaller support. But there should be legal equality regarding the possibilities of access to state media," Medvedev said.

He added that this requirement is stated in the new election law and regional election commissions should monitor how it is observed.

"The main thing is to ensure that the law really works. This, respected colleagues, is your task," he told Kostroma commission members.

KOSTROMA, May 13 (RIA Novosti)

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