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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 13.01.2005

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 5 of January 5, 2005 on the Endorsement of the List of the Terminal Equipment Moved across the Customs Border of the Russian Federation without a Special Import Permission and the Rules of Use of the Terminal Equipment Imported to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

The terminal equipment included in the endorsed list is moved across the customs border of the Russian Federation without the special import permission. The terminal equipment intended for use in a public-use communication network, as well as in technological communication networks and special-purpose communication networks if they are connected to a public-use communication network, must undergo compliance confirmation on the obligatory basis.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2 of January 5, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Subsidies Granted from the Fund of Reformation of the Regional and Municipal Finances

Defines the grounds, procedure and terms of granting and spending of resources of the Fund of Reformation of the Regional and Municipal Finances including the procedure of selection of the subjects of the Russian Federation (municipal formations) to get the Fund subsidies. The Fund subsidies are provided to the recipients determined as a result of selection and having fulfilled the programs of reformation of the regional (municipal) finances or stages thereof.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 899 of December 31, 2004 on the Procedure of Providing Medical Services and Sanatoria-and-Resort Treatment to Citizens Employed in the Works with Chemical Weapons

Citizens employed in the works with chemical weapons shall enjoy free of charge out-patient and stationary medical services, examination, including the expert evaluation to establish disease association with occupational activities, and treatment in the specialised medical institutions subordinate to the Federal Medical and Biological Agency. The mentioned citizens shall get compensation of the cost of travel to the place of examination and treatment (back and forth) on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The Decision also defines the procedure of granting of compensation to the mentioned citizens of the cost of sanatoria accommodations and travel to the place of sanatoria-and-resort treatment (back and forth) on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The Decision is entered into force from January 1, 2005.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 896 of December 31, 2004 on the Endorsement of the List of the Means of Communication Subject to Obligatory Certification

The means of communication mentioned in the list are subject to obligatory certification if they are used in a public-use communication network, as well as in technological communication networks and special-purpose communication networks if these networks are connected to a public-use network. Obligatory certification also applies to the means of communication of technological communication networks and special-purpose communication networks used to directly connect these networks to a public-use network.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 895 of December 31, 2004 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Priority Use, As Well As Suspension or Restriction of Use of Any Communication Networks and Means of Communication during Emergency Situations of Natural or Technical Nature

Defines the procedure of priority use, as well as suspension or restriction of use of any communication networks and means of communication during emergency situations of natural or technical nature. The priority users are the Ministry of Defence of Russia, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Federal Security Service, Federal Guard Service, Foreign Intelligence Service, Ministry of Justice of Russia, their subordinate services and agencies, as well as the bodies of coordination of all levels of the uniform state system of prevention and elimination of emergency situations.

The Decision to suspend or restrict the use of communication networks and means of communication during emergency situations is taken by the Federal Agency of Communication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 894 of December 31, 2004 on the Endorsement of the List of Emergency Operative Services to Be Connected to by the Communication Operator on the Round-the-Clock Basis and Free of Charge and on the Assigning of the Uniform Number for Calling the Emergency Operative Services

Beginning with 2008, number "112" will be used as the uniform number for calling emergency operative services on the whole territory of the Russian Federation including the Fire Service, Emergency Response Service, Militia, Emergency Medical Aid Service, Emergency Service of the Gas-Supply Network and the Anti-Terrorist Service. Connection to the mentioned services is provided round the clock and free of charge.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 891 of December 31, 2004 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation and the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1364 of December 9, 1999 Pertaining to Cellulose Used to Produce Filter Paper

Adjusts individual subheadings of the Foreign-Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation pertaining to cellulose used to produce filter paper. Introduces new rates of the import customs duties for nine months: 5% of the customs cost for cellulose of coniferous trees used to produce filter paper (with confirmation of the Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of Russia of the destination of the imported commodities) and 15% of the customs cost for other cellulose.

The Decision is entered into force one month after the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 886 of December 31, 2004 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Military Medical Expert Evaluation

The names of the bodies of state power providing military medical expert evaluation are being brought in compliance with the actual structure of the bodies of state power.

If the medical organisations of municipal formations cannot provide medical specialists to carry out medical certification of the citizens for initial registration for the draft purposes, citizens called up for the military service (training exercises), medical examination of citizens other than those being in the reserve and draft servicemen, their absence is replenished with specialist doctors and auxiliary medical personnel of the medical organisations of the subject of the Russian Federation.

Organisation of the medical certification at the initial registration for the draft purposes of females after they obtain military specialisation and persons having received the citizenship of the Russian Federation is vested in the military commissar.

The Decision refines the health requirements for the citizens waiting initial registration for the draft purposes, citizens called up for the military service (training exercises), citizens admitted to contract service, citizens admitted to colleges, military educational institutions, servicemen, citizens of the reserve of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The Decision is entered into force from January 1, 2005.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 885 of December 31, 2004 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation

Amends additional note to Heading 02 (meat and edible meat offal) and the note to Heading 94 (furniture, lighting fittings, prefabricated buildings) of the Foreign-Trade Commodity Nomenclature of Russia.

The Decision is entered into force from the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 883 of December 30, 2004 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Functioning of the Rescue Service for the Organisations Extracting (Processing) Coal (Pyroshale)

The rescue service is a multitude of the bodies of management, means and forces united functionally into a single system and intended for preventive works of emergency and fire protection of organisations extracting (processing) coal (pyroshale), as well as for emergency and urgent measures to save people, kill fires, eliminate consequences of explosions, unexpected exhausts of coal and gas, mine bounces, rock failures.

All organisations extracting (processing) coal (pyroshale) must have rescue services on obligatory basis to be provided by the paramilitary rescue units on the contractual basis.

The Decision is entered into force from January 1, 2005.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 882 of December 30, 2004 on the Measures of Social Support for the Citizens Having Been Exposed to Radiation because of the Nuclear Tests at the Semipalatinsk Test Field

Specifies the procedure of paying out to the citizens having been exposed to radiation because of the nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk Test Field with the total (accumulated) effective dose greater than 25 sSv (roentgen equivalent man) of the monthly monetary compensation for the purchase of foodstuffs in the amount of Rbl 200. The paying out of the monthly compensation begins with the month following the month of submission of the application through the organisations of the federal postal communication by mail transfers.

The Decision is entered into force from January 1, 2005.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1761-r of December 31, 2004

The taxpayers making alcoholic products are ordered to sale from January 1, 2005 natural wines made on the territory of the Russian Federation (including the sparkling, carbonated ones) if labelled with only the special federal stamps.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 114n of December 10, 2004 on the Endorsement of the Directions on the Procedure of Application of the Budget Classification of the Russian Federation

Endorses the new Directions on the procedure of application of the Budget Classification of the Russian Federation. Invalidates the Order of the Ministry of Finance of Russia No. 127n of December 11, 2002 with amendments.

The Order is entered into force from January 1, 2005.

According to the Statement of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 07/12855-VYa of December 29, 2004, the Order does not need the state registration.

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