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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 12.02.2002

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 95 of February 11, 2002 On the Licensing of Tourist Operator's and Tourist Agent's Activities

It determines the procedure for licensing of tourist operator's and tourist agent's activities conducted on the territory of the Russian Federation by legal entities and individual businessmen. The licenses issued earlier shall be valid until the expiration of the term specified therein, but not later than April 10, 2002.
A licensing body shall be designated by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. The period of license validity is 5 (five) years.
It lists license requirements and conditions, among which - the availability with the tourist operator of not less than 30% of employees (as per staff schedule) with either higher, secondary special or second education in tourism or a record of service in tourism of not less than 5 (five) years as well as the availability of a tourist services safety compliance certificate. In respect of tourist agents - not less than 20% of employees (as per staff schedule) with either higher, secondary special or second education in tourism or a minimal 3 (three) years' work record.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 93 of February 8, 2002 On the Establishment of Norms of Spending of Organizations In the Payment of Per Diem and Field Allowances Within the Limits of Which, Such Expenses, When Assessing a Taxable Base of the Corporate Profit Tax, Are Treated As Other Costs of Production and Realization

In accordance with the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation establishes norms of spending in the payment of per diem and field allowances to be considered in the taxation of profits of organizations. The expenses of an organization associated with payment of per diem allowance are fixed at Rbl.100 (one hundred Rubles) per day of stay on a business trip on the territory of the Russian Federation. It also fixes norms of per diem allowance in case of overseas trips.
The Decision shall take effect as from the day of its official publication and shall apply to legal relationships arising as from January 1, 2002.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 92 of February 8, 2002 On the Establishment of Norms of Spending of Organizations In the Payment of Compensation for the Use For the Purpose of Official Trips of Personal Cars, Within the Limits of Which, When Assessing a Taxable Base of the Corporate Profit Tax, Such Expenses are Treated As Other Costs of Production and Realization

In accordance with the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation establishes norms of spending in the payment of compensation for the use for the purpose of official trips of personal cars to be considered in the taxation of corporate profit tax. The norms of spending in respect of passenger cars with the displacement volume of up to 2000 cubic cm inclusive are fixed at Rbl.1200 (say one thousand two hundred Rubles) a month, of more than 2000 cubic cm - Rbl.1500(say one thousand five hundred Rubles).
The Decision shall take effect as from the day of its official publication and shall apply to legal relationships arising from January 1, 2002.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 91 of February 8, 2002 On the Fixing of Per Capita Amount of the Cost of Living and In respect of the Basic Social and Demographic Groups of the Population Across the Whole of the Russian Federation For the IVth Quarter of 2001

The amount of the cost of living for the IVth quarter of 2001 shall increase to total on a per capita basis Rbl.1574 (one thousand five hundred and seventy four Rubles) (against Rbl.1524 in the IIIrd quarter).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 83 of February 6, 2002 On the Performance of Regular Inspections of Transport and Other Means of Conveyance For the Compliance With Technical Norms of Emission of Harmful (Polluting) Gases in the Atmospheric Air

As from 2003 it is required to carry out regular inspections of motor transport vehicles, tractors, self-moving road, building and other machines, shunting and main-line diesel locomotives, aircraft of civil aviation for the compliance with technical norms of emission of harmful (polluting) gases in the atmospheric air. Inspections of motor transport vehicles shall be performed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation during the state technical inspection of same, of other vehicles - by bodies of state supervision over the technical condition of self-moving machines and other equipment.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 82 of February 6, 2002 On the Cancellation of Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation On Issues of Marking Goods and Products With Imitation-Proof Signs of Compliance

Proceeding from Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation of November 22, 2001 it cancels decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation concerning the marking of goods and products with imitation-proof signs of compliance.

Regulations of the Central Bank of Russia and the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation Nos. 177-II, 01-100/1 of January 24, 2002 On the Introduction of Amendments In the Regulations On the Bank of Russia and the State Customs Committee of Russia On the Procedure For Taking By Individuals Out of the Russian Federation of Foreign Currency In Cash No. 105-II and No. 01-100/1 of January 12, 2000 (respectively)

It specifies the procedure for presentation to customs agencies by individuals who are residents of documents to confirm a transfer to or bringing in the Russian Federation of foreign currency, a withdrawal of foreign currency from a current account (deposit) in foreign currency with an authorized bank or a purchase thereof from an authorized bank. In case of taking foreign currency in cash out of the Russian Federation in the amount exceeding an equivalent of US$1500 (say one thousand five hundred US Dollars) (but not more than US$ 10000 (say ten thousand US Dollars) it is required to present supporting documents for the amount of foreign currency in cash counted as a difference between the amount of the foreign currency in cash to be taken out and the amount equal to an equivalent of US$1500 (say one thousand five hundred US Dollars).
Registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in February 8, 2002. Registration No. 3239.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 29 of January 16, 2002 On the Introduction of Amendments in Order of the State Customs Committee of Russia No. 38 of January 25, 1999

It introduces amendments in the Instructions On the Customs Clearance and Customs Inspection of Goods Shifted Across the Customs Border of the Russian Federation by Individuals Which Are Intended for Neither Production Nor Other Commercial Activity. It establishes that obligatory declaration in writing shall apply to foreign currency brought into the Russian Federation, provided its amount exceeds an equivalent of US$ 10000 (say ten thousand US Dollars) (earlier US$1500 (say one thousand five hundred US Dollars).
Registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in February 7, 2002. Registration No. 3224.

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