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Most Searched Laws of 2013 - Yandex
December 20, 2013 13:40

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Russians have been more interested in the laws that are passed by the parliament as revealed by a recent study by Yandex, an Internet giant operating the biggest national search engine.
According to the survey, the number of queries featuring the word ‘law’ grew 9 percent compared with 2012.
The most popular piece of legislation online, generating 4 million queries, was the one that bans smoking in public places.
Number two of the most searched laws was actually a fake. Nevertheless, the rumours that women who don’t give birth before 23 are to be sent to the army, were in the news for quite some time.
The third most searched law was the ban on website offering unlicensed video content. According to it, copyright owners may seek a two week shutdown of the website without a court’s ruling before they file a formal lawsuit.
The ranking also includes new regulations in education and amendments into the traffic code replacing the zero tolerance policy on alcohol found in driver’s blood with a new limit of 0.16 per mil.
Among other hot legal queries is the law introducing criminal punishment for fictitious registration that was meant to be a reply to instances when hundreds of foreign workers formally had one tiny place of residence in a flat of 30 sq m.
The list also includes the law banning gay propaganda, the law ushering a new system of public acquisitions that is aimed to make procedures more transparent, and legislation enforcing criminal punishment for offending religious feelings.
There’s one more interesting bill at the bottom that was rumoured to outlaw foreign made music, but it wasn’t a real piece of legislation.
Yandex leads on the Russian search engine market, with a share of 62 percent. In 2013, it expects a 30 percent increase in full-year earnings. Earlier this year, Yandex got $60 million for a sale of 74 percent of its Yandex.Money online service to Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank, which later said it could use it to issue a cryptocurrency similar to bitcoins.

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Author: Mikhail Vesely

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