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MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) - Russia's energy ministry said on Friday it filed a proposal for the government to start a procedure for a ban on gasoline exports.
"The energy ministry proposed to the government to launch an urgent procedure of banning exports of gasoline," the ministry said in a statement.
It said earlier that the ban may help to reduce domestic prices for gasoline after they rose in recent months, which is a sensitive issue for Russia ahead of the September parliamentary election.
(Reporting by Olesya Astakhova, writing by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Diane Craft and Dan Grebler)
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