The introduction of legislation restricting beer advertising in Russia took a step closer over the weekend. On Saturday, the country's parliament passed a bill at the second reading restricting the times when beer advertising can be shown.

The State Duma lower house supported a bill which bans television and radio beer ad broadcasts between 7 am and 10 pm. The 450-seat chamber voted 432 for with one abstention.

A bill must be approved in three Duma readings and one reading by the upper chamber before the president signs it into law.

Duma Security Committee Head Vladimir Vasilyev said advertising was the key reason for increased beer consumption by Russian youngsters. "Attractive, persistent and aggressive beer advertising makes it very attractive for consumption," he said.