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16.04.2021
STARTING FROM 2022, INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A PERSONAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING

 According to amendments to the Tax Code, individuals will be able to obtain tax deductions in amounts paid at their own expense within the tax period for health and fitness services provided to an individual, or to his or her children under the age of 18. 

 
15.04.2021
MINORS TRAVELLING WITHOUT PARENTS: WRITTEN CONSENT OF LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES IS ENOUGH FOR HOTEL’S CHECK-IN

 The requirement provided that the corresponding consent of legal representatives shall be notarised is excluded from the Rules for rendering hotel services in the Russian Federation

14.04.2021
WORKERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

 Three recent letters from the authorities at once are devoted to the compulsory vaccination for workers. As a general rule, immunization in Russia is voluntary. Citizens have the right to refuse preventive vaccinations.

Nevertheless, the lack of preventive vaccinations entails the refusal to hire citizens or the suspension of citizens from work, the performance of which is associated with a high risk of contracting infectious diseases. The list of such works is approved by the Government.
13.04.2021
NEW LISTS OF POSITIONS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE HAS BEEN APPROVED

 The Ministry of Labour of the Russian Federation approved a new List of types of work, professions, positions in which citizens undergoing alternative civilian service can be employed, consisting of 124 items, as well as the List of organisations where such service is provided.

12.04.2021
THE RF CODE OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENCES NOW ALLOWS THE POSSIBILITY TO REDUCING FINES BELOW THE LOWER LIMIT FOR ‘REGIONAL’ OFFENCES

 The President of the Russian Federation signed amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences providing for the possibility of imposing an administrative punishment on an offender in exceptional cases in an amount less than the minimum established by the regional law on administrative offences. This applies to both citizens and officials. 

09.04.2021
COVID! FROM APRIL 1, 2021, FLIGHTS TO GERMANY, VENEZUELA, SYRIA, TAJIKISTAN, UZBEKISTAN AND SRI LANKA WILL RESUME

 From April 1, 2021, it was decided to resume regular international flights with Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka (one flight from Moscow every week), as well as with Venezuela (Moscow - Caracas twice a week). 

In addition, from April 1, air traffic with Germany will open and the number of flights to Cuba will increase.
Foreigners must have a negative coronavirus test done by PCR no earlier than 72 hours before flying to the Russian Federation. Russian citizens must pass a PCR test upon arrival in Russia within 72 hours.
 
08.04.2021
SINCE 2021, THE PROCEDURE FOR LICENSING ACTIVITIES FOR THE TECHNICAL PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION HAS CHANGED

 In connection with the introduction of the registry model for the provision of public services, the procedure for obtaining licences for the technical protection of confidential information has been adjusted. 

The rules on the issuance of a duplicate or copy of a licence are excluded. The list of grounds for refusal to provide public services has been expanded. Norms on payment of state fees are clarified. Provisions for issuing a licence on paper are excluded. 
The issues of providing an extract from the register of licences have been resolved. Licence on a paper medium is provided for a fee.
07.04.2021
ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT FOR DECLARING PERSONAL INCOME TAX OBTAINED

 Before April 30, 2021, declarations on income obtained in 2020 shall be filed with tax authorities. 

It must be done, if you sold real estate that was owned for less than the minimum period of ownership, or in the case of expensive gifts received not from near relatives, or winning an amount in a lottery, renting out property or obtaining income from foreign sources. You should also file a declaration if you are an individual businessman, a notary in private practice, a lawyer that has established a law office, or if you are engaged in another private activity.
06.04.2021
SPECIAL PROCEDURE FOR ISSUING QUARANTINE SICK LEAVE TO PERSONS OVER 65 IS VALID UNTIL MAY 1, 2021

 The RF government decided to extend the Temporary Rules for issuing certificates of incapacity for work (sick leave), assignment and payment of benefits for temporary incapacity for work in case of quarantine for insured persons aged 65 or over, until May 1, 2021. 

05.04.2021
RESORT TAX IN CRIMEA POSTPONED AGAIN - UNTIL MAY 1, 2022

 The Law of the Republic of Crimea, dated December 23, 2020, postponed application of the resort tax in Crimea until May 1, 2022.

02.04.2021
SINCE MARCH 20, 2021 WRITTEN FORM OF THE STORAGE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITIZENS SHALL BE NECESSARY IF THE VALUE OF THE THING EXCEEDS 10,000 ROUBLES

 In connection with the amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation regarding the replacement of the words “the minimum wage” by fixed rouble amounts, the lower limit of the cost of things transferred to citizens' storage has changed. Now it's 10,000 roubles.

The transfer of the thing must be certified by the keeper by issuing to the depositor a deposit receipt, deposit ticket, certificate or other documents signed by the keeper.
 
01.04.2021
FINES FOR VIOLATIONS IN THE FIELD OF PERSONAL DATA WILL INCREASE FROM MARCH 27, 2021

 At the end of February, amendments to Article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation were introduced; these amendments provide for tougher liability for violations in the field of personal data. The sanctions for such violations no longer provide for the possibility of applying a warning, and amounts of fines has doubled. Repeated committing of some violations is highlighted in separate offences.

 
31.03.2021
ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FORUM WILL BE HELD ONLINE

 The RF Ministry of Justice informs that the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum "Nine and three quarters: Vaccination with law" will take place from May 18 to 22.

 
30.03.2021
KEY RATE IS INCREASED

 On March 19, 2021, the Bank of Russia decided to raise the key rate by 25 basic points up to 4.5% per annum. 

The growth rate of consumer prices in the first quarter is higher than the forecasted one. Annual inflation is supposed to come back to a target of around 4% in the first half of 2022. 
 
29.03.2021
FROM AUGUST 1, 2021 DOCTORAL THESIS MAY BE ISSUED IN THE FORM OF SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

 Another form of defence of doctoral thesis has been introduced: it may be formalised as a scientific report prepared on the basis of previously published works. Applicants specialising in natural, technical, biomedical and agricultural sciences must have at least 30 published works within the previous 10 years in internationally recognised publications. For soft sciences, economic and social sciences the number of such publications is fixed as at least 50.

 
26.03.2021
COVID! ANY LABORATORY MAY DO CORONAVIRUS TESTS

 Any laboratory, including private non-state laboratories, has the right to organise testing for coronavirus. To do this, one can submit a notification on the website of the Federal Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing. The only requirement is the mandatory transfer of information to the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing in case of detection of a new coronavirus.

 
25.03.2021
RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHTS WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER MONTH

 The Government of the Russian Federation informed about the adopted decision on the next extension of the deadlines for the suspension of flights with Great Britain - until 23:59 hours on April 16, 2021.

 
24.03.2021
THE CASHBACK PROGRAMME FOR THE PURCHASE OF TOURS IN RUSSIA WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN 2021

 The Government of the Russian Federation decided to extend the tourist cashback programme for 2021. The conditions of the program will remain the same: the duration of the tour or hotel stay is at least two nights; the refund amount - 20% of the tour cost, but not more than 20 thousand roubles; trips must be paid for with a Mir card.

23.03.2021
IN THE FALL 2021, NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST AID KITS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO PROVIDE FIRST AID TO EMPLOYEES

 From September 1, 2021, new requirements will apply to the first aid kits used to provide first aid to employees. Twelve items (medical devices) are designated for the complete set. First aid instructions are required. Previously produced (completed) first-aid kits may be used until their expiration date, but no later than until August 31, 2025.

 
22.03.2021
NOTE TO MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS’ LAWYERS: STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW RULES FOR PROVIDING PAID MEDICAL SERVICES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PUT INTO FORCE

 Rospotrebnadzor submitted draft new Rules for providing paid medical services. In general, the draft repeats the current Rules, however, a number of points are planned to be settled differently: 

- text of the contract on rendering paid medical services must be printed in legible font; 
- it will not be possible to include into the contract conditions on limiting performer's liability for results of treatment; 
- according to the draft, customer feedback books shall be available in medical institutions; 
- new rules for concluding a contract remotely shall appear. 
 

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