New techniques such as 3D printing can sometimes have the unintended consequence of circumventing the law. For instance, in the United States 3D printing plastic guns has led to legal problems with the Undetectable Firearms Act. However, a new variation on such a circumvention comes from Russia and is much more humorous than the gun debacle, honestly. In Russia it’s illegal to produce bags, mugs, pens and similar souvenirs for campaign purposes, although printing items is legal. Now, one of the candidates of a local election has circumvented the law by distributing 3D printed campaign mugs.
Sergei Pakhomov is the name of the candidate who has successfully circumvented the law. He is a candidate for election in the Moscow Region district of Sergiyev Posad and the man has printed out promotional mugs, which he smartly calls “campaign leaflets”. Pakhomov can legally use the world “leaflet”, since the mugs are all printed. The authorities have not yet succeeded in prohibiting his move, which means his voters can still enjoy a Russian coffee in a mug from Pakhomov. Smart move or a little bland? Decide yourself.
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