Russia’s Ministry of Communications may prevent cable and DTH operators from charging for public channels.

To this effect, says Vedomosti, it has posted proposed amendments to the laws “On the Media” and “On Communications” on its site for public discussion.

Although the services distributed by Russia’s first and second DTT multiplexes are defined as public channels in the amendments, the total number of such channels is not known.

The Ministry of Communications has promised to publish a list but has yet to do so.