Russia abolishes incoming mobile charges

6 Mar 2006

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has signed amendments to the country’s communications laws abolishing charges for mobile phone users for incoming calls, the Kremlin press service said on Saturday. The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, adopted the law, known as calling party pays (CPP) on 8 February and the upper house, the Federation Council, approved it on 22 February. The law will come into force on 1 July. Under the CPP scheme, Russian mobile users will only be charged for incoming collect calls placed with the help of an operator or for ones received outside the subscription area.