Russian proposal makes TV movies ad-free

Says commercials infringe on audiences' rights

MOSCOW -- Sergei Mironov, head of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russian parliament, has submitted a draft law that bans breaking movies on TV with commercials.

The proposal outlines the necessity of amending the current legislation on advertising, saying that ad breaks "prevent audiences from the perception of a movie as a creative work and infringe on TV audiences' rights."

Observers are skeptical, saying that the draft, if adopted, will result in diminishing numbers of quality movies on television.