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26.02.2021
COVID! TEST SYSTEM FOR BRITISH STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN REGISTERED

The Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights announces registration of test system for detecting mutation of coronavirus N501Y (the so-called British strain).

 
25.02.2021
COVID-19 IN SIMPLE TERMS: 60 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THE RF MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The RF Ministry of Public Health has released an information brochure with the frequently asked questions about the new coronavirus infection: what kind of disease it is, how to recognise it, how it is treated, how to pass a PCR test, whether patients need to comply with the self-isolation regime, etc.

 
24.02.2021
COVID! CITIZENS OF GREECE AND SINGAPORE ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER RUSSIA. FLIGHTS TO UK SUSPENDED UNTIL MARCH 16, 2021
For citizens of two more countries - Greece and Singapore the government lifted the restrictions on entry to Russia introduced due to the pandemic. Citizens of these states, as well as persons entitled to permanent residence in these countries, can enter Russia.
The suspension of flights with the UK extended until March 16, 2021 inclusive.
 
23.02.2021
KEY RATE REMAINS AT 4.25% PER ANNUM

The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia left key rate at 4.25% per annum. This rate was set in July 2020.

 
22.02.2021
THE HOTEL BUSINESS WILL BE SUPPORTED BY SOFT LOANS

The RF government has established rules for issuing concessional loans for the construction of hotels.

Businessmen implementing investment projects in the hotel business will be able to receive financing at a rate of 3 to 5% per annum for construction or reconstruction of hotels with 120 rooms or more, as well as hotels in multifunctional complexes with an area of at least 10% of the area of the complex.
Such soft loans will be issued for a period of up to 15 years inclusive.
 
19.02.2021
COVID! ALL CITIZENS OVER 60 YEARS AND ALL RESIDENTS OF CITIES WITH A POPULATION OVER ONE MILLION ARE DECLARED THE PRIORITY GROUP FOR VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19

The RF Ministry of Healthcare has adjusted the population groups subject to the priority vaccination against COVID:

- the first level priority includes persons aged 60 or over, as well as citizens of any age living in cities with a population of over one million;
- employees of medical or educational organisations, social service organisations and multifunctional centers, as well as people living in social service institutions and persons with chronic diseases of the bronchopulmonary system, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and obesity, still remain among the persons of the first priority level.
 
18.02.2021
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS HAS PREPARED A SUMMARY TABLE ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

The conditions for the entry of Russians into European countries have been stipulated as of January 12, 2021.

For each country, the border crossing regime and the sanitary measures taken, are indicated.
 
17.02.2021
IF THE WEBSITE OF A FOREIGN COMPANY IS AIMED AT RUSSIAN CONSUMERS, THEY CAN SUE IT IN RUSSIA EVEN IF THERE IS NO REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE HERE

If a consumer has a claim against a foreign organisation whose website contains information targeted at Russian consumers - in particular, in Russian language, with prices in Russian roubles and an indication of the Russian clientele - then the claim should be accepted in a Russian court, even if the defendant has no representation in the Russian Federation.

 
16.02.2021
YOU CAN NOW GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS ONLINE ON THE PORTAL OF PUBLIC SERVICES
The Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation informed about the appearance on the portal of state services of a new service of the Federal Bailiff Service, which allows debtors and claimants to receive information on the progress of enforcement proceedings online.
To send a request, it is enough to specify the number of the enforcement proceedings.
15.02.2021
HEIRS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM RETURN OF TAXES OVERPAID BY A TESTATOR

The Tax Code of the Russian Federation established that obligation to pay taxes and (or) fees terminates with the death of an individual that is taxpayer or with announcement of him as deceased in the procedure established by the civil procedural legislation of the Russian Federation.

12.02.2021
NO MORE SUDDEN MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2021 THERE ARE SPECIAL RULES OF ENTRY INTO FORCE

Part 1 of Article 3 of the Federal Law on Mandatory Requirements in the Russian Federation shall enter into force on February 1, 2021.

This provision introduces the following rule: any new mandatory requirements related to entrepreneurial activity must enter into force either from March 1 or September 1 of the corresponding year, but not earlier than 90 days after the day of their official publication. Another period can be established only by federal law or international agreement.
11.02.2021
FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 16, 2021

The suspension of flights with the UK extended until February 16, 2021 inclusive.

Air traffic with Great Britain has been suspended since December 22, 2020 due to the detection of a new strain of coronavirus COVID-19 on its territory.
 
10.02.2021
THE NEW PROCEDURE FOR WORKFLOW IN HEALTHCARE

From February 1, the procedure for maintaining medical records in the form of electronic documents comes into force. The procedure introduces a new rule: a medical organisation independently decides whether to switch from paper document flow to electronic. If employees of the medical organisation take a decision to keep medical records in electronic form, then all of the documents, by default, are kept precisely and only in electronic form, and paper is not used at all.

At the patient's request, a paper copy of the documents can be provided.
 
09.02.2021
COVID! FLIGHTS TO GREECE AND SINGAPORE TO BE RESUMED FROM FEBRUARY 8, 2021

The RF Government informed of a decision taken to resume international flights with Greece (two flights per week) and Singapore (three flights per week) on a reciprocal basis from February 8, 2021

08.02.2021
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA OWNERS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED ON FEBRUARY 1, 2021

A new article appeared in the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection, which establishes features of posting information in social networks. The mentioned article entrusts owners of social networks with a number of responsibilities to control the content of the social network.

In concerns social networks with a daily traffic of over 500 thousand users located in Russia.
Information subject to blocking includes:
- materials with child pornography;
- information on methods of committing suicide and calls to commit it;
- information on methods of making and using drugs;
- calls for riots, participation in mass (public) events held in violation of the established order;
- certain other types of information.
If such information is revealed, the owner of the social network must immediately take measures to restrict access to it.
Users of blocked information may appeal against such decision.
 
05.02.2021
CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY OF NOTARIAL DOCUMENTS BY QR CODE

From December 29, 2020, a QR code will appear on most paper notarial documents.

The main details of the document are encrypted in the code: information about the applicants or their representatives, date of a document, a registration number and a type of a notarial act, surname, first name and patronymic of the notary, a notarial district. Anyone can check this data.
Electronic documents do not require a QR code, as they are protected by the notary's encrypted and certified digital signature.
 
04.02.2021
NEW ALL-RUSSIAN ANTI-DOPING RULES HAVE APPEARED

The Ministry of Sports approved the new All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules. These rules contain the duties and responsibilities of athletes and others, as well as sports organisations. It was defined the actions that are classified as a violation of the rules. Questions of testing for the presence of illegal drugs in the body are regulated.

 
03.02.2021
RUSSIA HAS IMPOSED LARGE FINES FOR PROVIDERS AND SITE OWNERS THAT HAVE NOT DELETED PROHIBITED INFORMATION

It was decided to introduce large fines for violating the procedure for deleting and (or) restricting access to the prohibited information. This includes, inter alia, child pornography, incitement to extremism, information on the methods of creating, manufacture and use of drugs, as well as places of their acquisition.

The details of offences are given.
02.02.2021
TAX REGULATION OF CONTROLLED FOREIGN COMPANIES HAS BEEN CHANGED

The Federal Tax Service informs that the procedure for taxation of income obtained by controllable foreign companies has been changed as follows:

- individuals are given the opportunity to pay tax on the fixed income of a controllable foreign company, starting from 2021.
- the terms for submitting notifications of controllable foreign companies have been changed and the tax liability for failure to submit such notifications has been increased.
01.02.2021
FORMALISING ELECTRONIC OSAGO POLICIES BECOMES EASIER

Operators of digital financial platforms (marketplaces) will have access to the automated information system for OSAGO. This will make possible including formalisation of auto insurance contracts into the list of services provided by marketplaces.

 
29.01.2021
COVID! RUSSIA INTRODUCED TOLL-FREE NUMBER 122 OF THE UNIFIED OPERATIONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE FOR COVID-19

Mikhail Mishustin signed a decision on the obligation of telecom operators to provide a free call to a universal telephone number 122 for issues related to the spread of a new coronavirus infection. At the specified number, it will be possible to contact around the clock the unified operational assistance service for COVID-19.

 

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