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07.05.2021
COVID! WHEN RETURNING FROM ABROAD, YOU MUST UNDERGO A DOUBLE TEST FOR COVID-19, AND FOREIGNERS CAN BE SELECTIVELY TESTED RIGHT AT THE AIRPORT

 When returning from abroad after May 1, 2021, Russians must also be re-tested for COVID-19 by PCR with an interval between the first and repeated tests of at least a day. For those returning from Turkey and Tanzania, the re-examination requirement takes effect until May 1, 2021.

Employees of the territorial bodies of the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights have the right to selectively test foreigners for COVID-19 at airports.
 
06.05.2021
KEY RATE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 5% PER ANNUM

 The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia took a decision to increase the key rate by 50 basic points to 5.00% per annum. 

 
05.05.2021
THE GOVERNMENT CLARIFIED MEASURES FOR RUSSIA TO FULFILL OBLIGATIONS AS A PARTY TO THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION AGAINST MANIPULATIONS IN SPORTS COMPETITIONS

 Amendments concern definition, at a legislative level, of actions related to manipulation in sports competitions, consolidation of the concept of "unusual bets on sports competitions", establishment of administrative responsibility for legal entities for legalisation of money obtained by criminal means (laundering) etc.

 
04.05.2021
THE 2030 ANTI-SMOKING AWARENESS PLAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED

 The RF Ministry of Public Health approved an information and communication strategy aimed at counteracting consumption of tobacco and nicotine-containing products for the period up to 2030. 

The strategy implementation will be assessed by following criteria: 
- number of citizens that have not smoked for half a year (stop smoking after a month of escorting by hotline operators 8 (800) 200-02-00) 
- downturn in retail sales of cigarettes per capita; 
- number of regions implementing information and communication campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle; 
- increasing in number of citizens informed of dangers of smoking through various mass media.
 
03.05.2021
THE EMPLOYER'S INTRODUCTION OF A DRESS CODE FOR EMPLOYEES DOES NOT CONTRADICT LABOUR LEGISLATION

 Labour legislation does not explicitly provide for the possibility for the employer to establish requirements for the business dress code of an employee. At the same time, the legislation does not contain a prohibition on the establishment of such requirements. A prerequisite is the indication of such requirements in the employment contract or local regulatory act (job description, internal labour regulations, etc.). The employee should read, understand, and acknowledge by signing.

 
30.04.2021
THE LIABILITY FOR VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF TRAVEL THROUGH RAILWAY CROSSINGS HAS BEEN TOUGHENED

 The amount of the fine provided for the clause "Violation of the Rules for Traffic through Railway Tracks" has been increased from one thousand roubles up to five thousand roubles.

The liability for driving through an unregulated railway crossing when an approaching train is also toughened (locomotive, rail car). For this violation, not only a fine, but also an alternative punishment may now threaten - deprivation of the right to drive vehicles for a period of three to six months.
In addition, the possibility of paying an administrative fine for committing these offences in the amount of half of the amount imposed is now excluded.
29.04.2021
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO GET A PREFERENTIAL MORTGAGE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PRIVATE HOUSES

 Loans are provided for construction of private houses (with purchasing a land plot, if necessary) for families whose second or subsequent child was born after January 1, 2018, and also for families with disabled child (children). 

The house should be built by companies or individual businessman under a contract. Downpayment should be 15% of construction costs (for the cases when land plots are already in ownership), or the cost of land and construction. The maximum loan amount is six million roubles, and for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad regions - twelve million roubles.
28.04.2021
NEW SMARTPHONES, COMPUTERS AND TVS WITH SMART TV FUNCTION SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH FREE PRE-INSTALLED RUSSIAN SOFTWARE

 From April 1, 2021, smartphones, tablet computers, stationary computers, laptops, TVs with the Smart TV function are sold with pre-installed Russian programs. 

If this kind of software is not installed for any reason, the product is considered defective.
 
27.04.2021
THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH WILL POST ON THE WEBSITE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROVIDING FIRST AID TO EMPLOYEES

 From September 1, 2021, new requirements will apply to the first aid kits for providing first aid to employees. In total, the first-aid kit shall contain 12 medical devices, including masks, gloves, bandages. However, the last but not the least thing will be the first aid instructions. 

 
26.04.2021
COVID! NO FLIGHTS TO GREAT BRITAIN UNTIL JUNE

 The suspension of flights with the UK has been extended through June 1, 2021.

23.04.2021
IN CONNECTION WITH INTRODUCTION OF A PRODUCT TRACEABILITY SYSTEM, THE INVOICE FORM HAS BEEN CHANGED

 Starting from July 1, 2021, a national product traceability system will be introduced. In this regard, the form of the invoice has been adjusted.

It is supplemented with a line to reflect the details of the shipment document. Columns for specifying the number of the declaration for goods or the registration number of the batch of goods subject to traceability, etc., have been added. The form of the corrective invoice has been supplemented with similar details.
 
22.04.2021
THE UNIFIED REGISTER OF TYPES OF CONTROL WILL BECOME PART OF THE REGISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICES

 The Government of the Russian Federation has established the rules for the formation and maintenance of a unified register of types of federal, regional state control (supervision) and municipal control.

There are among the highlights:
- this register is a part (sub-register) of the Federal Register of State and Municipal Services, information from it is publicly available;
- the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation was appointed the registry operator;
- The "federal" part of the register will start working on July 1, 2021, the "regional" part of the register is recommended to be completed by November 1, 2021;
- a wide volume of unified information on the type of control will be entered into the register: which body supervises, what exactly this body checks, into which classes/categories the supervised objects are divided, etc., including the texts of regulations on the procedure.
21.04.2021
THE DEADLINE FOR FILING ANNUAL REPORTS BY NON-COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS WITH THE RF MINISTRY OF JUSTICE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 15, 2021

 The Ministry of Justice has postponed until July 15, 2021 the deadline for filing reporting forms providing information on amount of funds and another property obtained from foreign sources, as well as on information of spending such funds and use of another property, for 2020 (usually such reports are submitted no later than on April 15 of the year following the reporting year).

 
20.04.2021
THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR JUSTICES OF THE PEACE ARE ADJUSTED

 Amendments, in particular, provide that justices of the peace shall be appointed (elected) to office for the first time for three years, and then upon reappointment (re-election) without limitation of the term of office. At the same time, the age limit for serving as a justice of the peace (magistrate) will be kept and fixed as 70 years old.

 
19.04.2021
LAW ON ‘GARAGE AMNESTY’ HAS BEEN SIGNED

 Until January 1, 2026, citizens using garages that are capital construction facilities and had been built before December 30, 2004 (or heirs of such citizens) have the right to be granted free ownership of a land plot being in state or municipal ownership, on which such garage is located.

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. 
 
19.03.2021
THE TERM ‘MINIMUM MONTHLY WAGE’ IS FINALLY EXCLUDED FROM THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 In the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the term “minimum monthly wage” was replaced by fixed amounts. This parameter was used in the context of determining the value of the item being transferred for storage.

 
18.03.2021
PLANNED DATES OF THE UNIFIED NATIONAL EXAM IN 2021

 Ministry of Education and Federal Education and Science Supervision Service presented a draft timetable for the Unified National Exam for 2021. 

The bulk of students will take the Unified National Exam from May 31 to June 25. In particular, the Russian language exam is planned to be held on June 3 and 4. The Unified National Exam in mathematics of the profile level will be held on June 7.
17.03.2021
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION BECOMES PUBLICLY AVAILABLE

 Law on access to information on the state of the environment is signed. 

This information is publicly available and is posted on the official websites of departments in the form of open data. This is information about environmental pollution, radiation conditions, emissions and discharges of pollutants, waste management, measures to reduce the negative impact on the environment, etc.
There is a ban on classifying information about the state of the environment. Also, this data cannot constitute a commercial secret.
 
16.03.2021
IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, UNIVERSITIES WILL BE ABLE TO CONDUCT INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATION REMOTELY USING BIOMETRICS

In the 2021/2022 academic year, universities will be able to conduct intermediate certification for undergraduate, specialist and graduate programs using distance learning technologies that provide personal identification through the Unified Biometric System and control of test conditions (proctoring service).

 
15.03.2021
VACCINATING YOUR PET AGAINST RABIES: IS IT RECOMMENDED TO GET VACCINATED IN A PRIVATE CLINIC?

 Evasion of registration and vaccination of dogs and cats living in Moscow against rabies in veterinary institutions is punishable by a fine.

Many Muscovites vaccinate their pets in private veterinary clinics because of the convenient working hours (a private veterinarian will easily accept a pet late at night) and of transport accessibility.
Meanwhile, the rules for keeping dogs and cats in Moscow unambiguously require the annual vaccination of dogs against rabies, starting from three months of age, regardless of the breed, exclusively in state veterinary institutions at the place of residence of animal owners, and state registration of tailed pets - in the same places.
 
12.03.2021
ORGANISATIONS SHOULD PAY TRANSPORT AND LAND TAXES NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2021

 Provisions of Federal Law No. 325-FZ on the uniform term for organisations to pay transport and land taxes came into force. Since now taxpayers shall pay the mentioned taxes no later than on March 1 of the year following the expired tax period. 

Therefore, these taxes for 2020 should be paid no later than on March 1, 2021. 
 
11.03.2021
RESIDENCE PERMITS SHALL BE FORMALISED ON NEW BLANK FORMS

 Starting from March 1, 2021, new forms for residence permits are applicable. 

Permits will be issued without limitation of the validity period, except for issuing permits to high-skilled professionals and their family members. 
Residence permits shall be reissued when a person reaches age of 14, 20 and 45. Residence permits issued to stateless persons are to be replaced at least once each 10 years to ensure the security of information stored in the document's microchip. 
10.03.2021
THE VALIDITY PERIOD OF VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC CARDS EXPIRING BETWEEN FEBRUARY 1 AND SEPTEMBER 30 HAS BEEN EXTENDED

 The Governmental Decision has extended for six months validity period of diagnostic cards that which expire from February 1 to September 30, 2021. 

The specified extension of the validity period does not require additional changes to be made into diagnostic cards. Thus, drivers shall not perform any additional actions. 
 
09.03.2021
SMOKING ON BALCONIES: BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH, BUT NOT PROHIBITED BY THE FIRE SAFETY RULES

 The RF Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters explained that smoking cigarettes on balconies of apartment buildings is not prohibited by the new Fire Fighting Regulations. However, if a cigarette butt, a match, or a burning spark fly out from the "smoking" balcony and fall on someone else's balcony or even into an open window of another apartment and result in a fire, than the smoker will face at least an administrative penalty. And if such fire causes serious consequences, then there will also be criminal liability. 

 
08.03.2021
THE RF GOVERNMENT SIGNED A DECISION ON THE STATE FINAL CERTIFICATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN 2021 (IT WILL BE HELD UNDER SIMPLIFIED RULES)

 For ninth-graders, certificates of the basic general education will be issued based on the results of the state final certification in the Russian language and mathematics. Exams for other subjects are not planned. 

Graduates of the 11th grade that are not going to enter universities will need to pass the state final exam in the Russian language and mathematics instead of the Uniform State Examination. And only graduates that are going to higher education institutions will need to pass through the Uniform State Examination. At the same time, to obtain a certificate, results of the exam in the Russian language will be enough for such students.
 
05.03.2021
EXTENSION OF THE STORAGE PERIOD FOR ACCOUNTING AND TAX DOCUMENTS AS WELL AS OTHER AMENDMENTS TO PART ONE OF THE TAX CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 Amendments have been made to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, according to which:

- the period of storage of documents for the payment, calculation and withholding of taxes with the taxpayer and the tax agent has been increased from 4 to 5 years;
- cases have been established when banks are obliged to issue to tax authorities copies of passports of persons entitled to receive funds on the client's account (disposing of them), powers of attorney to receive them (disposing of them), documents related to maintaining the customer's account, cards with samples of signatures and imprints stamps, as well as information about beneficial owners, representatives of the client;
- the taxpayer's personal account can be accessed by tax authorities, as well as other persons to exercise their rights and obligations established by federal laws.
 
04.03.2021
COVID! NOW THERE ARE THREE VACCINES AGAINST COVID-19 IN RUSSIA

 The RF Ministry of Public Health announces the registration of the third Russian vaccine for prevention of the coronavirus. It is named "KoviVac" and created using classical technology. The new vaccine contains the inactivated virus.

 
03.03.2021
UNTIL THE END OF 2021, MEETINGS OF SHAREHOLDERS CAN BE HELD IN ABSENTIA

 Amendments to the Law on International Companies and Funds have been introduced. 

Until the end of 2021, it will be possible to hold meetings of shareholders of joint stock companies in absentia to elect the board of directors or supervisory board, to elect the audit commission, approve the auditor, approve the annual report and annual accounting (financial) statements of the company.
 
02.03.2021
FROM MARCH 1, 2021 THE REVENUE THRESHOLD FOR THE COMPULSORY ACCEPTANCE OF MIR CARDS FOR PAYMENT HAS BEEN REDUCED
Trading enterprises (including performers, owners of aggregators of information on goods (services)) with an annual revenue of more than 30 million roubles will be obliged to accept the national payment instrument for payment from March 1, 2021. Moreover, from July 1, 2021 this threshold will decrease to 20 million roubles. Currently, this threshold is fixed as 40 million roubles.

 

01.03.2021
BENEFIT FOR ORPHANS FOR OUT-OF-COMPETITION ADMISSION TO BUDGET-FUNDED PLACES IN UNIVERSITIES WITHIN THE QUOTA HAS BECOME NOT LIMITED IN TIME

 Amendments have been made to the Law on Education, which permanently provide for the special right of orphans and children without parental care, as well as to certain categories of veterans, to enroll in undergraduate and specialty programs within the established quota at the expense of the corresponding budget of the budgetary system of the Russian Federation. Admission is possible subject to the successful entrance tests.

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.

 
28.01.2021
COVID! AIR SERVICE OPENS WITH VIETNAM, INDIA, FINLAND AND QATAR
From January 27, 2021, international flights by Vietnam, India, Finland and Qatar are resumed on a reciprocal basis.
The number of regular flights to Egypt on the Moscow - Cairo route also increases to five times a week.
 
27.01.2021
AN ORGANISATION THAT DEVELOPS AND MAINTAINS INTERNET SITES HAS THE RIGHT TO APPLY REDUCED RATES OF INSURANCE PREMIUMS

 The Ministry of Finance explained under what conditions an organisation engaged in the development and support of Internet sites has the right to apply reduced rates of insurance premiums.

 
26.01.2021
THE FEDERAL SECURITY SERVICE APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR MEANS OF TRUSTED THIRD PARTIES

 A new type of entities has emerged in Russia since 2021 that is a trusted third party. It is designed to provide confidence in the exchange of electronic documents with electronic signatures. Requirements for means of trusted third parties have been approved, including requirements for digital signature tools. Means of trusted third parties includes the following:

- confirmation of the validity of the digital signature; 
- verification of the compliance of approved certificates and the powers of participants in electronic interaction; 
- acknowledgement, creation and verification of a trusted time stamp; 
- documenting operations performed by means of trusted third parties; 
- providing information on completed operations.
25.01.2021
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE EXPLAINED UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS VAT EXEMPTION APPLIES WHEN TRANSFERRING RIGHTS TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMES

 Transfer of rights to computer programmes and databases shall be exempt from VAT if: 

- they are included in a unified register; 
- transferable rights are not related to advertising or trade on the Internet.
 
22.01.2021
COVID! FLIGHTS TO UK WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021

 The suspension of flights with the UK extended until February 1, 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.
 
21.01.2021
SOBERING-UP STATIONS WILL APPEAR IN THE COUNTRY AGAIN

It was decided to restore the sobering-up system in Russia. This refers to specialized medical facilities to provide assistance to persons in a state of alcoholic, narcotic or other intoxication. The rules for the operation of sobering-up stations, including the types of assistance provided in them, will be approved by a joint act of the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

20.01.2021
PHOTOS WITH COLOURED EYE-GLASSES ARE NOT ALLOWED FOR OBTAINING A PASSPORT

The RF Ministry of Internal Affairs has updated the regulations on issuance and replacement of citizens’ passports. A novelty is a prescribed ban on submitting photos with eye-glasses that change the natural colour of the eyes.

19.01.2021
MANDATORY TESTING FOR DRUG ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM WHEN OBTAINING AND REPLACING A DRIVER'S LICENCE IS POSTPONED UNTIL 2022

 The Ministry of Public Health again postponed the entry into force of the rules on mandatory testing for drug addiction and alcoholism when obtaining a driver's licence or replacement thereof until January 1, 2022 (but not from January 1, 2021, as previously planned).

 
18.01.2021
FROM JANUARY 1, 2021 THE FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN CONSIDERS PRE-TRIAL DISPUTES OF CONSUMERS WITH CREDIT INSTITUTIONS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL PENSION FUNDS

 Starting from that date, credit institutions, credit consumer cooperatives, pawnshops and non-governmental pension funds shall arrange interaction with the Financial Ombudsman. As a general rule, consumers, prior to filing a claim against such financial institutions for an amount not exceeding 500,000 roubles, shall now first apply to the Financial Ombudsman for a dispute resolution.

Consumers’ appeals shall be considered by the Financial Ombudsman on a free of charge in absentia. In case of disagreement with his decision, a consumer may submit the claim to the court. For financial institutions, Ombudsman’s decisions are binding and may be enforced (through the bailiff service).
 
15.01.2021
AMENDMENTS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED INTO THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 Basically, the amendments relate to the legal regime of the results of intellectual activity created during the performance of a state or municipal contract.

It has been established that, as a general rule, the right to obtain a patent and the exclusive right to the result of intellectual activity created during the performance of a state or municipal contract belongs to the performer.
14.01.2021
ACCORDING TO LAW NO. 223-FZ, CUSTOMERS WILL BE PUNISHED FOR VIOLATION OF THE ESTABLISHED PAYMENT DEADLINE UNDER CONTRACTS CONCLUDED WITH SMES

 In accordance with a new part 9 of Article 7.32.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, fines shall be introduced for violation by the customer of the established deadline for payment for goods, works or services under an agreement concluded following purchases with small and medium enterprises. Officials of customers or legal entities will be punished with a fine.

 
13.01.2021
PREFERENTIAL CAR LOAN PROGRAMME EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF 2023

 The programme applies to the purchase of cars made in Russia.

Cars purchased in 2021 - 2023 must be produced no earlier than the year preceding the year of purchase of the car.
Among the innovations - the circle of borrowers has been expanded by citizens with one child.
 
12.01.2021
AMENDMENTS ON CERTIFICATION OF DEALS BY TWO OR MORE NOTARIES AND PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN NOTARIAL ACTIONS REMOTELY ENTERED INTO FORCE

 On December 29, 2020, amendments to the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Notaries came into force concerning the procedure for performing notarial acts in electronic. One of the main innovations: the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Notaries now provide for possibility of certifying a transaction with the involvement of two or more notaries for cases when two or more persons are involved in the transaction without their joint visit to a notary.

11.01.2021
HOW WILL EXAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES BE HELD IN 2021?

 The Ministry of Education and the Federal Service for Supervision over Education announced decisions taken due to the complicated epidemiological situation regarding the procedure for holding the Uniform State Examination and the state final certification of graduates of the 9th and 11th grades in 2021.

 

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