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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 30.09.2005

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 138 of August 23, on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents for the Keeping of the State Register of Municipal Formations of the Russian Federation

Endorses five forms of documents necessary for the keeping of the State Register of Municipal Formations of the Russian Federation: application for the inclusion of the municipal formation in the state register, application to change registration information of the municipal formation, logbook for the keeping of the state register, logbook of information on municipal formations entered in the state register and the certificate of inclusion of the municipal formation in the state register.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 30, 2005. Reg. No. 6949.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 139 of August 24, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure for the Keeping the State Register of the Charters of Municipal Formations and Providing Access to Information Included in It

Defines the authority of the Ministry of Justice of Russia and its territorial bodies in the keeping of the State Register of the Charters of Municipal Formations, Municipal Legal Acts on Amendments to Charters of Municipal Formations.

The state register is a summary of information on the charters and municipal legal acts on amendments to charters having passed the state registration. The Order provides a specimen of the state register and a specimen of the logbook of information handed out from the state register.

The Regulation is entered into force from September 1, 2005.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 30, 2005. Reg. No. 6948.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation No. ChD-6-09/668@ of August 9, 2005 on the Implementation by the Bodies in Charge of Registration (Tax Bodies) of the Provisions of the Federal Law No. 83-FZ of July 2, 2005 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Registration of Legal Entities and Independent Entrepreneurs and to Article 49 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation

Provides methodology recommendations on the organisation of work of the bodies in charge of registration (tax bodies) to exclude inoperable ("dead") legal entities that do not carry out any activities, do not have any property, management bodies and employees from the Joint State Register of Legal Entities.

The exclusion of inoperable legal entities from the state register is an administrative procedure of termination of legal powers of the legal entity having actually terminated its activities at the decision of the body in charge of registration (tax body) granting necessary guarantees of protection of rights and interests of such legal entities, founders (participants), creditors and other interested parties, as well as opportunities of subsequent judicial control providing for the legality of adopted decisions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 542 of August 30, 2005 on the Endorsement of Rules of Financing of Expenditure Obligations of the Russian Federation to Reimburse the Damage and Provide Social Protection to Citizens Envisaged in the Law of the Russian Federation on the Social Protection of Citizens Having Been Exposed to Radiation because of the Disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and in the Federal Law on the Social Guarantees to Citizens Having Been Exposed to Radiation because of the Nuclear Tests at the Semipalatinsk Test Grounds

Territorial bodies of the Federal Treasury shall transfer resources to accounts opened for citizens in credit organisations or organisations of the federal postal communication.

The financing to grant social support pertaining to pension support and other types of insurance support in obligatory social insurance is vested in the Ministry of Finance of Russia to be effected through monthly transfers of appropriate resources to the budgets of the Pension Fund of Russia and the Social Insurance Fund.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 326-t/1 of July 26, 2005 on the Fixing of the Exclusive Tariff Rate for Export Deliveries of Liquefied Hydrocarbon Gas by the Railway Transport from the Station of Tobolsk of the Sverdlovsk Railway through the Borderline Transfer Stations to More than 2,600 km

The exclusive tariff rate is fixed in the form of the factor of 0.4 to the actual tariff rates of the Price List No. 10-01 for the shipment of liquefied hydrocarbon gases in own (leased) cars from the station of Tobolsk of the Sverdlovsk Railway for export through the borderline transfer stations to the distance of travel over the Russian railways greater than 2,600 km and for the return of empty own (leased) cars during such transportation.

The tariff rate shall apply until December 31, 2005 inclusive.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 30, 2005. Reg. No. 6957.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 145 of August 11, 2005 on the Publication of the Acts of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia Recognised by the Ministry of Justice of Russia As Not Needing the State Registration

The legal act of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia recognised by the Ministry of Justice of Russia as not needing the state registration shall be sent within one day from the day of receiving form the Ministry of Justice of Russia for publication on the site of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia (www.mcx.ru) and in the Information Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture, except for the act or individual provision thereof containing information comprising the state secret or information of confidential nature.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 25, 2005. Reg. No. 6945.

Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 394-RP of August 31, 2005 on the Intention of the Russian Federation to Withdraw from Participation in the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Estonian Republic on the Russian-Estonian State Border and the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Estonian Republic on the Delimitation of the Water Areas in the Narva Bay and the Gulf of Finland

Adopts the proposal of the Government of the Russian Federation to send the notification to the Estonian side of the intention of the Russian Federation to withdraw from participation in the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Estonian Republic on the Russian-Estonian state border and the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Estonian Republic on the delimitation of the water areas in the Narva Bay and the Gulf of Finland signed in Moscow on May 18, 2005.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 546 of September 1, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Rendering Medical Aid to Foreign Citizens on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Defines the procedure of rendering medical aid to foreign citizenries on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Specifies that medical aid shall be rendered to foreign citizens staying or living in the Russian Federation on the temporary or permanent basis by medical treatment and prevention organisations regardless of their organisational and legal form.

Defines that foreign citizens may enjoy free first aid, as well as a scheduled treatment on the paid basis.

After the end of the treatment, an excerpt must be sent to them describing the time of the treatment in the stationary institution, as well as the diagnostics and treatment events. The official language to fill out the medical documentation sent from the Russian Federation to another country is Russian.

If another procedure of rendering medical aid to foreign citizens is specified in an international treaty of the Russian Federation, the rules of the international treaty shall apply.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 145 of August 26, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Certificate of the State Registration of the Charter of the Municipal Formation

Endorses the form of the certificate of the state registration of the charter of the municipal formation. The form is entered into force from September 1, 2005.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 1, 2005. Reg. No. 6970.

Protocol of the Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Mutual Travels of the Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan of November 30, 2000 (Tashkent, July 13, 2005)

Changes the lists of the personal identification documents confirming the citizenship of their holders and permitting to cross the border, stay or travel over the territories of Russia and Uzbekistan.

From August 13, 2005, the citizens of Russia may enter Uzbekistan only in the presence of a foreign, service or diplomatic passport or sailor passport.

Not valid for the entry in the Russian Federation become: Uzbekistan personal identification certificate or identification certificate of a serviceman on active duty in the presence of a trip or leave certificate, certificate of a member of the crew of the air vessel (in the presence of the record in the flight order), personal identification certificate of the worker of the railway transport (while travelling as a member of the train and refrigerator teams), certificate of birth (for children up to 16 years of age). It is necessary to hold a passport of the citizen of the Republic of Uzbekistan or a diplomatic passport, for children - certificate of the citizen of the Republic of Uzbekistan under 16 years of age.

The Protocol shall be applied on the temporary basis 30 days after the signing and shall enter into force from the date of receiving of the last written notification of fulfilling of the necessary internal state procedures by the parties.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 552 of September 3, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Joint Working Commission of the Member-States of the Agreement on Cooperation for Prevention of Intellectual Property Rights Infringements

The plenipotentiary representative of the Russian Federation to the Joint Working Commission of the member-states of the Agreement on cooperation for prevention of intellectual property rights infringements shall be the person representing the interests of the Russian Federation in the commission.

The plenipotentiary representative of the Russian Federation shall be assigned and dismissed from the duties of the plenipotentiary representative by the Government of the Russian Federation at the presentation of the federal body of executive power in charge of the normative and legal regulation in the sphere of intellectual property upon coordination with the designated bodies of the Russian Federation.

The Decision defines the rights and duties of the plenipotentiary representative.

Order of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication of the Russian Federation No. 102 of August 29, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Use of the Terminal Equipment Connected to the Two-Wire Analogue Interface of the Public-Use Telephone Communication Network

Specifies the requirements to the terminal equipment intended for use in a public-use communication network, technological communication networks and special-purpose networks if they are connected to a public-use communication network.

Terminal equipment is connected to a public-use telephone communication network directly or through a user-access network using a two-wire physical circuit.

The Decision defines the lists of the means of communication covered and exempted from the rules.

Defines the requirements to the parameters of the interface and interaction with the public-use telephone communication network, as well as additional requirements to the terminal equipment with a telephone handset fulfilling the functions of the analogue telephone, to the terminal equipment without the telephone handset fulfilling the speakerphone function, to the terminal equipment fulfilling the function of a wireless telephone using the DECT radio technology, to the terminal equipment fulfilling the function of the analogue wireless telephone of the 30-41 MHz range, to the data transfer terminal equipment, to the terminal equipment working from an AC mains supply with the nominal voltage of 220V, 50 Hz frequency.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 2, 2005. Reg. No. 6982.

Regulation of the Central Bank of Russia No. 275-P of August 11, 2005 on the Procedure for Issue of the License for Bank Operations by the Bank of Russia to a Credit Organisation When Its Bankruptcy Proceedings Have Been Terminated Because of the Redemption of Its Liabilities to the Founders (Participants) or a Third Party (Parties)

Defines the terms to be observed to permit the Bank of Russia to issue the license for bank operations to the credit organisation.

Specifies the list of the documents to be submitted by the credit organisation to get the license for bank operations, as well as their processing procedure.

If the Bank of Russia does not take the decision to issue such license within one month after the day of receiving of the application of the credit organisation for bank operations, or decides to refuse to issue the license, the credit organisation must be liquidated.

The Regulation is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 2, 2005. Reg. No. 6974.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 494 of August 9, 2005 on the Procedure of Use of Life-Saving Medicines with Patients

Specifies that control of the quality, efficiency, safety and procedure of use of life-saving medicines is vested in the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Public Health and Social Development.

If it is necessary to use a medicine not registered on the territory of the Russian Federation, decision to prescribe the mentioned preparation is taken by the board of doctors of the specialised federal medical organisation, is drawn up as a protocol and is signed by the chief physician or director of the specialised federal medical organisation.

Before beginning to use the medicine, the doctor in charge must inform the patient of the medicine, of the expected efficiency of the suggested treatment, of the safety of the medicine, the level of risk for the patient, as well as of the actions in cases of unexpected effects of the medicine on the health condition.

Medicines not permitted for use but pending authorisation according to established procedure may be used to cure the patient only after obtaining his voluntary written consent, and in the case of treating the underage in the presence of a direct danger to their life - also with the written consent of their legal representatives.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 2, 2005. Reg. No. 6972.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 100n of August 8, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Placing of Resources of Insurance Reserves by Insurers

Specifies the requirements to the composition and structure of assets accepted as a coverage (security) for the insurance reserves. The rules do not apply to the composition and structure of assets accepted as a coverage (security) of insurance reserves accumulated in obligatory medical insurance.

Specifies that control over observation by insurers of the requirements specified in the rules is vested in the Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement.

Specifies the types of assets accepted as a coverage for the insurance reserves, as well as the requirements to the assets and the structure of the assets.

Insurers must bring before June 30, 2006 the assets accepted as a coverage of insurance reserves in compliance with the requirements specified in the rules.

The Order specifies the correlations for the total value of the share of re-insurers in the insurance reserves for the period until December 31, 2006.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 30, 2005. Reg. No. 6968.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 549 of September 1, 2005 on the Measures to Improve the System of Measures of Social Support to Specialists of the Nuclear Weapons Complex of the Russian Federation

Defines the procedure of fixing, paying out, recalculation and indexing of the amount of additional monthly material life-time support to citizens having worked in organisations of the nuclear weapons complex of the Russian Federation and the military representations of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in these organisations.

Endorses the list of the categories of citizens enjoying additional support.

Specifies the procedure of financing of expenses to pay out the additional monthly material life-time support to the citizens having worked in the organisations of the nuclear weapons complex of the Russian Federation and the military representations of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in these organisations when they retire, as well as the accounting and reporting procedure pertaining to the mentioned expenses.

Additional support shall be paid out simultaneously with the labour pension by the bodies in charge of the pension support at the expense of resources of the federal budget within the limits of allocations to the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1340-r of September 3, 2005

Endorses the concept of the Federal Tied Program of Development of Education for the Years 2006-2010.

The state orderer coordinating the Federal Tied Program of Development of Education for the Years 2006-2010 shall be the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, including also the Federal Agency for Education and the Federal Agency for Science and Innovations.

The program is divided into three stages of implementation:

Stage I (years 2006-2007): This stage envisages working out of the models of development of education in individual directions, their trial, as well as the beginning of the large-scale reformation and experiments;

Stage II (years 2008-2009): The priority of this stage is the purchase of equipment, investments (modernisation of the material infrastructure of education, other consuming works), as well as the methodology, personnel, information support of the program.

Stage III (year 2010): This stage envisages introduction and dissemination of the results obtained at the previous stages.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 725 of August 11, 2005 on the Fixed Amount of Security of Customs Payments for Excisable Goods

Introduces a new, fixed amount of security of customs payments for excisable commodities imported to the customs territory of the Russian Federation.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 7, 2005. Reg. No. 6987.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 102n of August 9, 2005 on the Interagency Commission for Coordination of Interaction of the Ministry of Finance of Russia and the Federal Tax Service of Russia in the Tax Sphere

The Interagency Commission for Coordination of Interaction of the Ministry of Finance of Russia and the Federal Tax Service of Russia in the sphere of taxation is created to provide for coordinated actions and work out a uniform position of the Ministry of Finance of Russia and the Federal Tax Service of Russia in their sphere of reference. The main tasks of the Commission is the working out of a coordinated position on application of the legislation of the Russian Federation on taxes and fees and other normative legal acts regulating the activities of the tax bodies, preparation of proposals to improve the legislation of the Russian Federation on taxes and fees and other normative legal acts regulating the activities of the tax bodies, preparation of decisions on other issues in the tax sphere.

The Commission shall be formed of the representatives of the Ministry of Finance of Russia and the Federal Tax Service of Russia and shall consist of the chairman of the Commission, two deputy chairmen, executive secretary and the members of the Commission.

The Order endorses the composition of the Commission.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 554 of September 7, 2005 on the Limiting Levels of Insurance Tariff Rates of Insurance of Liabilities of a Specialised Depositary and Management Companies, Their Structure and Rules of Application by Insurers in the Determination of the Amount of Insurance Premium under the Contract of Insurance of Liabilities

Specifies that the limiting level of insurance tariff rate of insurance of liabilities of a specialised depositary for the purposes of the authorised federal body and the management companies for the violation of the contract for the services of a specialised depositary and the liabilities of the management companies for the purposes of the federal body for the violation of the contracts of trust control of the savings of the housing support for servicemen for the insured period of 1 year makes 1 percent of the insured amount.

Endorses the coefficients of insurance tariff rates depending on the period of insurance.

Specifies that the amount of the insurance premium is determined proceeding form the insured amount, amount of insurance tariff rate and the insured period.

Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. SAE-3-26/439@ of September 8, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Confirmation of the Permanent Stay (Residence) in the Russian Federation

The Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation is empowered by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation to confirm the status of the tax resident of the Russian Federation for natural persons (Russian and foreign), Russian organisations and international organisations possessing such status according to the legislation of the Russian Federation for the purposes of agreements (conventions) on avoidance of double taxation.

Confirmation of the status of the tax resident of the Russian Federation may be drawn up as a certificate or by certifying the appropriate form adopted in the legislation of the foreign state.

Confirmation of the status of the tax resident of the Russian Federation is arranged using the "single window" principle to be vested in the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of Information of the Federal Tax Service of Russia.

The period of official confirmation of the status of the tax resident of the Russian Federation makes 30 calendar days from the day of receiving of all necessary documents in the Federal Tax Service of Russia.

The Order defines the list of the documents necessary to get the confirmation of the status of the tax resident of the Russian Federation.

Information Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 8 of August 31, 2005 "Summary of the Practice of Application of the Federal Law on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism and the Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia Adopted in Execution of It"

The contract of loan concluded by the credit organisation through issue and sale of bonds may not be regarded as a transaction subject to obligatory control in the absence with the credit organisation of information on the gratuitous nature of such legal relations.

When opening an account to a natural person, his personal presence (or of his representative) is necessary regardless of whether or not this natural person has been served by this credit organisation earlier, if there are enough documents in the credit organisation as of the moment of the opening of the account to identify the mentioned client, if there are other bank accounts (deposits) opened for this natural person etc. Such presence is not necessary in the case of prolongation by the credit organisation of the bank deposit contract if after expiry of the contract of the futures deposit, the depositor does not want to return the deposit amount.

The contract of participation in shared construction (investment contract), as well as the claims rights cession contract under the mentioned contract, if they are concluded for the amount equal to or greater than Rbl 3,000,000 (equivalent in foreign currencies), are subject to obligatory control from the moment of their state registration.

The Letter defines the persons qualified as beneficiaries for the purposes of the above Federal Law and international sources containing information on the countries and territories failing to observe the commonly accepted standards in the combating of legalisation (laundering) of incomes obtained in a criminal way and financing of terrorism (as well as those with a higher level of corruption, producing or trafficking narcotic substances and permitting their free circulation ).

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-08/224 of August 24, 2005 on the Application of the Value Added Tax When Rendering Audit Services to Foreign Organisations

The audit services rendered by Russian taxpayers to foreign organisations carrying out their activities abroad are exempted form the value added tax on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of September 9, 2005 "Questions and Answers for the Switchover of the Bank System to International Accounting Standards"

Explains that financial reports of credit organisations drawn up according to International Accounting Standards are presented to the territorial institutions of the Bank of Russia on paper media.

Internal documents of the credit organisation, such as the regulation on financial reports, sheet of regrouping and adjustment of the items of the accounting balance report and report of profits and losses, are not included in financial reports and, therefore, must not be presented within International Accounting Standards. However, the territorial institutions of the Bank of Russia may request them from credit organisations.

For the failure to submit financial reports drawn up to International Accounting Standards within the time limits specified in the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1363-U of December 25, 2003, territorial institutions of the Bank of Russia may apply intervention measures envisaged in Article 74 of the Federal Law on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia).

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1049 of September 5, 2005 on the Federal Aeronavigation Service

Specifies the legal grounds for the creation of the Federal Aeronavigation Service. The management of the Service shall be vested in the Government of the Russian Federation. The Service is a designated federal body of executive power in charge of the state regulation, control and enforcement in the sphere of use of the air space of the Russian Federation, rendering of state services in the aeronavigation sphere to the users of the air space of the Russian Federation and a number of other functions. The Service shall provide for the licensing and certification in its sphere of activities, as well as fix the rates of fees for the aeronavigation services and procedure of their collection.

The Decree is entered into force from the day of its signing.

Letter of the Federal Customs Service No. 01-06/30702 of September 6, 2005 on the List of Commodities Requiring Sanitary Epidemiological Statements or Certificates of State Registration at the Customs Registration

Lists the names (descriptions) of commodities and their codes according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature that must have sanitary and epidemiological statements to be drawn up on the obligatory basis or certificates of state registration when cleared by the customs bodies.

Letter of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 4672-VA/005 of September 2, 2005 on the Functions of the Ministry in the Working out of the State Policy and Normative and Legal Regulation in the Pricing and Estimate Norms Sphere in Construction

The Ministry of Regional Development of Russia shall work out the methodology and main principles of price forming and estimate norms setting in construction, including the introduction and improvement of the new estimate normatives base. As a ministry, the mentioned body is empowered with the functions of issue of the normative legal acts and recommendations, as well as explanation of their provisions. Besides, the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia shall endorse the indices of change of the cost of construction and installation works, repair and construction, design and survey works, coordinate individual estimate norms, prices and indices used to determine the estimated cost of buildings and structures built at the expense of resources of the federal budget.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 558 of September 10, 2005 on the Measures to Protect Russian Producers of Three-Phase Asynchronous Electric Motors

Introduces for three years an antidumping duty for the Ukrainian-made three-phase asynchronous AC electric motors with the power rating of at least 0.37 kW and not greater than 7.5 kW, with rotation axis height of 80, 100 and 112 mm, classified under the codes of the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of Russia 8501 51 900 0 and 8501 52 910 0. The rate of the import duty for electric motors made by OAO Kharkov Electrotechnical Works "Ukrelektromash" amounts to 13.8% of the customs cost and 59.3% for other producers.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 557 of September 10, 2005 on the Procedure for Granting State Guarantees of the Russian Federation in 2005 for the Borrowings to Implement the Project of Creation of the Russian Regional Airplane

The guarantees are granted to the Russian organisation having won the open contest of 2003 to determine the leading organisation to execute the works under the project. The guarantees shall secure the organisation liabilities for the borrowings in the form of a credit attracted in credit organisations to implement the project, pertaining to redemption of the credit (main debt). The guarantees are provided on gratuitous basis for the whole period of execution of liabilities secured with the guarantee. The Decision defines the terms, forms of granting of the guarantee, as well as the procedure of execution of liabilities under the guarantee.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 556 of September 10, 2005 on the Amendments to the Rules of Granting State Guarantees of the Russian Federation for the Borrowings of the Open-Type Joint-Stock Company "Agency for the Mortgage Housing Crediting"

The amendments envisage the right of the Agency for the Mortgage Housing Crediting to attract the loans by placing the bonds secured with guarantees to redeem mortgage securities of Russian issuers, as well as to redeem and cancel the bonds issued by the Agency and secured with guarantees.

The Decision changes the composition and the time limits for the reports submitted by the Agency to the Ministry of Finance of Russia.

Order of the Federal Agency for Tourism No. 86 of July 21, 2005 on the Endorsement of the System of Classification of Hotels and Other Accommodations

The system of classification of hotels and other accommodations is being brought in compliance with international standards. The Order defines the procedure of classification of hotels and other accommodations (procedure including assessment of compliance of hotels and other accommodations with the requirements specified in the system and their certification for the appropriate category). The classification shall be arranged on the voluntary basis.

The system is open for organisations of various organisational and legal forms and independent entrepreneurs rendering accommodation services and accepting and fulfilling its rules.

The Order specifies the requirements to the hotels and other accommodations of various categories, to the suits of various categories and to the activities of participants of the system.

The mark of the category of the hotel and another accommodation is applied on the basis of the certificate obtained after the certification. The certificate is handed out for five years.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 9, 2005. Reg. No. 6991.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 04-25-1/3762 of September 7, 2005 on the Checking of Credit Organisations for Disclosure of Information on the Granted Consumer Credits

When carrying out complex and thematic checks to assess the quality of the debts in loans, observation by credit organisations (their branches) of recommendations must be checked on the standards of disclosing of information on the granted consumer credits conveyed in the Letter of the Federal Antimonopoly Service and the Bank of Russia No. IA/7235 and No. 77-T of May 26, 2005. The failure to observe the mentioned recommendations is registered in the acts of checks of the credit organisations (their branches). The mentioned failure to observe the recommendations may not regarded as violations permitting the Bank of Russia to apply to credit organisations the measures specified in Article 74 of the Federal Law on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 559 of September 13, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Raw Materials for Making Detergents

Prolongs on the unlimited basis the rates of the import customs duties for raw materials for making detergents earlier introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 633 of November 15, 2004 for 9 months. The mentioned rates amount to 5% of the customs cost for the water solution with the content of alkylethoxisulphates of 30% by weight or more, but not more than 60% by weight, and 15% for other.

The Decision is entered into force from September 18, 2005.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 104n of August 11, 2005 on the Criteria for Qualifying Commodities As Printed Items Protected against Forgery Including the Blank Securities

Protected against forgery are considered to be printed items featuring at lest two of the listed elements of protection, for example, watermark, security fibres, security thread, ultraviolet and special printing and other.

Import of such products to the Russian Federation is arranged on the basis of a single license issued by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 9, 2005. Reg. No. 6993.

Regulation on the Organisation of Work with Taxpayers, Payers of Fees, Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Pension Insurance and Tax Agents (Endorsed by the Order of the Federal Tax Service No. SAE-3-01/444 of September 9, 2005)

Defines the taxpayer reception procedure, procedure of accepting, registration and issue of the documents by taxpayer departments. Specifies the procedure of verifying taxpayer estimates and particulars of its application, informing taxpayers of the condition of payments of taxes, fees and contributions.

To provide to taxpayers information on the name and position of the employee of the taxpayer department, the employees of taxpayer departments are provided with personal identification cards or table plates.

The Regulation specifies the requirements to taxpayer reception rooms (operation halls). In particular, the stands should be used to place sample requests (letters, applications), as well as information to be indicated by the taxpayer in the request (letter, application). It is recommended to install a computer in the inspection with reference legal systems.

The Regulation defines the procedure to provide taxpayer access to software for drawing up tax declarations, accounting reports and other documents in the electronic form used to calculate and pay the taxes, fees and other obligatory payments to the budget.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 566 of September 14, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rate of the Import Customs Duty for Bags and Parcels of Paper

The rate of the import customs duty for bags and parcels of paper (codes according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation 4819 30 000 1, 4819 30 000 2 and 4819 40 000 0) earlier introduced for 9 months by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 632 of November 15, 2004 in the amount of 12.5%, however, not less than EUR 135 per ton, is preserved on the unlimited basis.

The Decision is entered into force from September 18, 2005.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation No. 240 of August 31, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Use of the Parts of the Forestry Fund for Recreational, Cultural, Tourist and Sports Purposes

Parts of the forestry fund are provided to users for recreational, cultural, tourist and sports purposes for short-term use for up to one year, and on lease terms for the term from one year to ninety nine years.

The parts of the forestry fund are granted through forestry auctions or on the basis of the decision of the Federal Forestry Agency or the body of executive power of the subject of the Russian Federation, and on lease terms - only through forestry contests.

Direct use of forests for the mentioned purposes is permitted on the basis of the permit after signing of the act of transfer by the parties of the lease contract.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7007.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 133 of July 28, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Typical Rules of Fishing

The rules shall regulate activities of users engaged in the catching of water biological resources of the Russian Federation. The rules shall specify the duties of users catching water biological resources, the list of the documents necessary for users to engage in fishing, requirements to users catching water biological resources, means and methods of catching of water biological resources, permitted volumes of by-catch, as well as the minimum size of the mesh, the size and outfit of the fishing equipment.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7002.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 101n of August 9, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulations on the Territorial Bodies of the Federal Tax Service

Endorses five regulations defining the authority of inspections of the Federal Tax Service in the region, city region, city without a regional division and the interregional level, interregional inspection of the Federal Tax Service for major taxpayers, interregional inspection of the Federal Tax Service for centralised data processing, interregional inspection of the Federal Tax Service for the federal district and the departments of the Federal Tax Service for the subject of the Russian Federation.

Thus, the inspection is a territorial body in charge of control and enforcement of observation of the legislation on taxes and fees, correctness of calculation, full and timely transfer of taxes and fees and other obligatory payments to the budget, as well as production and circulation of ethyl alcohol, alcohol-containing and tobacco items and of observation of the currency legislation. The inspection shall provide for the state registration of legal entities, natural persons as independent entrepreneurs, peasant (farmers') enterprises, represent the claims rights for obligatory payments and the claims of the Russian Federation in monetary obligations in bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy proceedings.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7001.

Order of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Control over Circulation of Narcotics No. 232 of July 19, 2005 on the Organisation of Work to Issue Statements of Compliance with Specified Requirements of the Objects and Rooms Used for Activities Pertaining to Circulation of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Specifies the procedure of obtaining, storage and registration of blank statements, as well as the drawing up and issue of statements of compliance with specified requirements of the objects and rooms used for activities pertaining to circulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The statements issued according to the earlier available procedure shall preserve their force until expiry.

The Order is entered into force 30 days after the day of its official publication.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7000.

Order of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation No. 635 of August 18, 2005 on the Endorsement of the List of Personal Items Handed over to Draft Servicemen When Dismissed into the Reserve

When dismissed into the reserve, the draft soldiers, sergeants and sergeant-majors of the Ministry of Emergency Situations shall get their fur cap, hot-season peakless cap, hot-season and cold-season costumes, singlet or undershirt, underpants, towel, two pairs of socks, boots, gloves and two belts.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 13, 2005. Reg. No. 6999.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 186 of August 10, 2005 on the Requirements to the Description of Individual Categories of Commodities in Column 31 of the Cargo Customs Declaration

Lists the commodities subject to special requirements of their description. Provided description must be entered on the obligatory basis in Column 31 of the Cargo Custom Declaration "Cargo Items and Description of Commodities".

Also lists the commodities whose description must be provided on the obligatory basis in the mentioned column when declaring the customs regime of export or customs regime of processing outside the customs territory.

The Order is entered into force 90 days after the day of its official publication.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 13, 2005. Reg. No. 6996.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 97 of August 23, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting Subsidies in 2005 to Transport Organisations Buying Automotive Equipment to Replenish the Military Type Fleets

Defines the procedure and terms of granting subsidies in 2005 to transport organisations of any organisational, legal and proprietary forms buying automotive equipment to replenish the military type fleets available with them.

The subsidies are granted for each unit of the new home-made automotive equipment in the amount of Rbl 70,000 for small buses, 7.5 m in length inclusive, and Rbl 150,000 for medium-size and long buses, up to 12 m in length inclusive, as well for trucks up to 8 t capacity. The recipients of the subsidies must not have overdue debts in payments to the federal budget and the state extra-budgetary funds.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 13, 2005. Reg. No. 6994.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1062 of September 10, 2005 "Issues of Military and Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation with Foreign States"

Endorses a number of provisions specifying the procedure for military and technical cooperation of the Russian Federation with foreign states, granting the right to Russian organisations to carry out foreign trade activities pertaining to products of military destination, examination of requests of foreign clients and coordination of draft decisions of the President of the Russian Federation, Government of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation of Russia on supplies of products of military destination, licensing in the Russian Federation of import and export of products of military destination.

Endorses the Regulation on the Commission for Military and Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation with Foreign States being an advisory body working out for the head of the state proposals on the main directions of the state policy in the sphere of military and technical cooperation.

Import to the Russian Federation and export form the Russian Federation, leasing, financial leasing, export for processing of the products of military destination in the course of the military and technical cooperation shall be arranged in compliance with decisions of the President of the Russian Federation, Government of the Russian Federation or the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation of Russia under licenses issued by the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation of Russia.

Decisions granting the right for foreign trade activities to Russian organisations pertaining to products of military destination, and refusing such right, shall be taken by the President of the Russian Federation at the presentation of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The Decree is entered into force from the day of its signing.

Order of the Federal Treasury No. 11n of August 18, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Opening and Keeping of Personal Accounts to Register Operations with Sources of Financing of the Deficit of the Federal Budget

Personal accounts shall be opened and kept in the Federal Treasury and/or its territorial bodies to register operations with the sources of financing of the deficit of the federal budget. Personal accounts of administrators with the code 12 in the first and second digits of their numbers shall be opened according to the procedure specified for the opening of the personal accounts of the administrator of resources of the federal budget to register operations of execution of expenses of the federal budget. Personal accounts of recipients of resources for the sources of financing of the deficit of the federal budget with the code 13 in the first and second digits of their numbers shall be opened according to the procedure specified for the opening of personal accounts of recipients of resources of the federal budget.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7008.

Order of the Federal Treasury No. 12n of August 25, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Common Procedure of Cash Services for the Execution of the Budgets of the Budget System of the Russian Federation

Defines the procedure of handing over of individual authority of the Federal Treasury in cash services for the execution of the budget of the subject of the Russian Federation, budgets of the territorial state extra-budgetary funds of the subject of the Russian Federation and the budgets of its constituent municipal formations to executive bodies of state power of this subject.

Also provides the rules for carrying out and registration of operations of cash receipts to the budget and cash payments from the budget.

The particulars of cash services for the execution of individual budgets shall be specified in other normative legal acts of the Federal Treasury.

The Order is entered into force from January 1, 2006.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7006.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 535 of August 22, 2005 on the Endorsement of Classifications and Criteria Used in the Medical and Social Expert Certification of Citizens by the Federal State Institutions of Medical and Social Expert Evaluation

Classifications used in the course of the medical and social expert certification of citizens by the federal state institutions of medical and social expert evaluation shall define the main types of the human body malfunctions stipulated by diseases, consequences of injuries and defects, their degree, the main categories of human activities and degree of restrictions of these categories.

The criteria used in the medical and social expert certification of citizens by the federal state institutions of medical and social expert evaluation shall define the terms of qualifying the degree of labour disability and disability groups (invalid child category).

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 13, 2005. Reg. No. 6998.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 105n of August 12, 2005 on the Registration of Commercial Concession (Subconcession) Contracts

The state registration shall apply to the contract of commercial concession (subconcession), as well as its changing or termination (including an early one). The contract shall be registered by the territorial body of the Federal Tax Service of Russia having registered the legal entity or independent entrepreneur acting as franchisor under the contract. If the franchisor is registered in a foreign state, the registration is carried out at the place of location of the franchisee under the contract. The registration must be carried out no later than within five working days from the day of submission of the documents to the body in charge of registration.

The Order lists information to be contained in the submitted documents.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 13, 2005. Reg. No. 6997.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-34/pz-n of September 13, 2005 on the Non-Application of the Decision of the Federal Commission for Securities and the Stock Market of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 13 of June 27, 1996 on the Endorsement of the Interim Regulation on the Granting and Publication by the Management Company of the Shared Investment Fund of Information on Activities Pertaining to the Management of the Property of the Shared Investment Fund

The mentioned Decision shall not apply pursuant to the entry into force of the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-23/pz-n of June 22, 2005 on the endorsement of the Regulation on the requirements to the procedure and time limits for disclosing of information pertaining to activities of joint-stock investment funds and management companies of shared investment funds, as well as to the content of disclosed information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 571 of September 17, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rate of the Export Customs Duty for Raw Oil and Raw Oil Products from Bituminous Materials Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

From October 1 increases significantly the rate of the export customs duty for raw oil and raw oil products form bituminous materials (code according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation 2709 00) - from USD 140 to USD 179.9 per ton.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 567 of September 14, 2005 on the Exchange of Information in the Cases of Obligatory Insurance of Civil Liabilities of Owners of Transport Vehicles

Provides the list of information generated in the agency databanks of the information system of obligatory insurance of civil liabilities of owners of transport vehicles provided on obligatory basis by the bodies of state power, insurers and other organisations.

The bodies of executive power and the organisation responsible for the collection and processing of information resources are the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, Ministry of Defence of Russia, Federal Customs Service of Russia, Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement and the Russian Union of Autoinsurers.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 564 of September 13, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Drawing up and Submission of the Request for the Creation of the Special Economic Zone

Defines the procedure for drawing up and submission of the request for the creation of the special economic zone of industrial production type and for the creation of the special economic zone of technical innovation type, as well as the list of documents to be attached to the request. Lists the requirements to the requests. The requests must contain a substantiation of the expediency of creation of special economic zones and their efficiency in solving the tasks of development of processing industries, hi-tech industries, production of new commodities and development of transport infrastructure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 563 of September 13, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Contest to Select Requests for the Creation of Special Economic Zones

The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia (contest organiser) shall take the decision to arrange the contest, endorse its results and the contest documentation, as well as arrange the contest for each type of the special economic zone separately. The given Ministry shall accept requests for the creation of special economic zones from the higher executive bodies of state power of the subjects of the Russian Federation submitted in coordination with executive and regulatory bodies of municipal formations (candidates). The Ministry shall also define the official periodical to publish information on the arranged contest and the official Internet site to place information on such contest.

Selection of requests for the creation of special economic zones of a single type is vested in the Federal Agency for the Management of Special Economic Zones.

Commissions will be created to implement contest procedures to assess and compare the requests to reveal the ones to submit proposals to create special economic zones. The time limit for evaluation and comparison of such requests may not be greater than 30 days from the date of signing of the protocol of the results of acceptance of the requests.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. SAE-3-09/325 of July 15, 2005 on the Procedure of Providing Information to Credit Organisations from the State Registers in Compliance with the Federal Law on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism

Information from the Joint State Register of Legal Entities is provided to a credit organisation to the request drawn up in a free form. Recommended specimen is provided.

Departments of the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation in the subjects of the Russian Federation must provide excerpts from the State Register free of charge no later than within five day to credit organisations containing information on particular legal entities and natural persons to provide for observation of the legislation on the combating of legalisation (laundering) of incomes obtained in a criminal way and financing of terrorism.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 16, 2005. Reg. No. 7020.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1608-U of August 25, 2005 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1411-U of March 30, 2004 on the Opening of Accounts in the Banks Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation by Resident Natural Persons

The requirement of the preliminary registration in the tax bodies at the place of registration of resident natural persons of accounts opened for them abroad applies to the deposits of the mentioned persons. The given procedure applies only to accounts opened in the currency of the Russian Federation and in foreign currencies in the countries other than OECD or FATF members, as well as in the currency of the Russian Federation in the OECD or FATF member-countries.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 15, 2005. Reg. No. 7011.

Information Report of the Arranged Contest to Select Requests for the Creation of Special Economic Zones (Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 223 of September 14, 2005)

Provides reports of the arranged contest to select requests for the creation of special economic zones of industrial production and technical innovation types. Contest organiser is the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. The contest is carried out by the Federal Agency for the Management of Special Economic Zones.

Reports information on the time, place of the contest, procedure and place to get contest documentation, as well as the procedure, place and time of submission of requests for participation in the contest. The date of the beginning of acceptance of requests is September 19, 2005, the end is November 2, 2005.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 572 of September 17, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Carrying out of Contests to Select the Specialised Depositary to Conclude the Contract for the Services of a Specialised Depositary and to Choose the Management Companies to Conclude Contracts of Trust Control for the Savings of the Housing Support for Servicemen

The contest organiser is the Ministry of Defence of Russia. The contest is an open one. The Decision defines the procedure of preparation and carrying out of the contest, requirements to the contest documentation, procedure of submission of requests and determination of the winner.

Provides the rules of determination of the total weighted figure (rating) of the specialised depositary or the management company during the contests.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 163 of September 5, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Arranging Auctions to Sell the Quotas of the Catch of Water Bioresources and Shares in the Total Volume of Quotas of the Catch of Water Bioresources for the Purposes of Industrial Fishing

Defines the terms of arranging of auctions to sell the quotas of the catch of water bioresources and the shares in the total volume of the catch of water bioresources for the purposes of industrial fishing. The auction organiser is the Federal Fishing Agency that creates a special commission.

The auctions may be of open type (sale of quotas and shares for the purpose of industrial fishing, except for the coastal fishing) and of closed type (for the coastal fishing). The sale of quotas and shares shall be arranged in the sales area of the exchange selected according to established procedure. The Order defines the documents submitted to the commission to take part in the auction 10 working days in advance of the date of the auction. Specifies the procedure of transfer and return of the advance payment.

The auction is considered to have failed if the number of participants is less than 2. The notification of the auction shall be published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta, as well as on the web site of the Federal Fishing Agency no later than 30 days in advance of the auction.

Endorses the Regulation on the commission specifying its status, goals, tasks and procedure of forming.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 16, 2005. Reg. No. 7019.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1606-U of August 11, 2005 on the Procedure of Processing of the Documents Used As the Basis of Activities of Credit Organisations before the State Registration of the Changes in Constituent Documents, State Registration of Credit Organisations Created through Reorganisation, As Well As before the Replacement of Licenses for Bank Operations

Defines the procedure of work of the structural divisions of the Bank of Russia with the documents that were used by credit organisations as the basis of their activities before expansion, before registration of the changes in the constituent documents, before abandonment of restrictions for operations available in the licenses, before obtaining the status of a bank by a non-bank credit organisation or obtaining the status of a non-bank credit organisation by a bank, as well as before the reorganisation of the credit organisation.

Lists the documents that the territorial institution of the Bank of Russia must hand out to the chairman of the board of directors (supervisory board) of the credit organisation or another authorised person on condition of submission of the earlier issued certificates and licenses used as the basis for the activities of credit organisations before replacement of licenses (expansion of activities, change of status, reorganisation, abandonment of restrictions available in the licenses).

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 16, 2005. Reg. No. 7016.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. SAE-3-22/417 of August 31, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Necessary for the Application of the Simplified System of Taxation on the Basis of a Patent

Endorses three forms: No. 26.2.P-1 "Application for the Patent for the Right of Application of the Simplified System of Taxation on the Basis of a Patent", No. 26.2.P-2 "Notification of the Refusal to Issue the Patent" and No. 26.2.P-3 "Patent for the Right of Application of the Simplified System of Taxation on the Basis of a Patent".

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 15, 2005. Reg. No. 7010.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1595-U of July 14, 2005 on the Adjustment of Individual Acts of the Bank of Russia

Invalidates the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 118-U of December 30, 1997 on the procedure of submission of reports by credit organisations with revoked licenses for bank operations with amendments. Instead of the mentioned document, one should be guided by the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1594-U of July 14, 2005 on the list, forms and procedure of drawing up and submission of reports of liquidated credit organisations to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 570 of September 15, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Registration of Insurants in the Territorial Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and the Form of the Certificate of Registration of the Insurant in the Territorial Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance

Registration in the territorial fund of obligatory medical insurance applies to organisations, independent entrepreneurs, private lawyers, notaries, as well as the natural persons making taxable payments under labour and civil contracts (as insurants for the employed population) and the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation (as insurants for the unemployed population).

The Decision provides the forms of applications submitted by the mentioned persons to the territorial funds for subsequent registration.

Each insurant gets registration number at registration, the structure being endorsed by the fund of obligatory medical insurance. This number is indicated by the insurant in the payment orders when transferring the resources entered as incomes in the funds of obligatory medical insurance, as well as in other cases envisaged in the normative acts.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 569 of September 15, 2005 on the Regulation on the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Enforcement in the Russian Federation

The state sanitary and epidemiological enforcement is a system of state measures aimed at prevention of infectious and mass non-infectious diseases of the population of the Russian Federation, prevention of harmful impact of the factors of the environment on the human being, as well as hygienic education of citizens. The state sanitary and epidemiological enforcement is vested in the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being, as well as other federal bodies of executive power in their spheres of activities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 568 of September 15, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Compensation to Communication Operators of Expenses of Providing Telephone Communication Services in 2005 to Some Categories of Citizens Entitled for the Benefits

Communication operators shall get compensation for the expenses of provided telephone communication services in 2005 to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, Russian Federation, holders of the Order of Glory, Heroes of Socialist Labour, holders of the Order of Labour Glory and, in individual cases, members of their families living together with them. The compensation applies to the benefits in the payment of user fee and installation of the telephone line.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 120-T of September 13, 2005 on the List of Organisations

The list of organisations whose promissory notes (claims rights under credit contracts) may be accepted as a security for the credits of the Bank of Russia, as well as organisations that may act as guarantors for the promissory notes (claims rights under credit contracts) accepted as a security for the credits of the Bank of Russia, shall include also the open-type joint-stock company Vympel-Kommunikatsii (Vympelcom).

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 119-T of September 13, 2005 on the Present-Day Approaches to the Organisation of Corporate Management in Credit Organisations

Corporate management is implied to be the general management of activities of the credit organisation implemented by the general meeting of participants (stock-holders), the board of directors (supervisory board) and including a complex of their relations (both regulated by internal documents and informal) with the personal executive body, collegiate executive body of the credit organisation and other interested parties.

The Letter examines such directions of corporate management as distribution of authority among the management bodies, determination of strategy of development, management of bank risks, prevention of conflicts of interests, observance of principles of professional ethics, information policy and assessment of the condition of corporate management.

Letter of the Federal Treasury No. 42-7.1-01/2.4-250 of September 5, 2005 on the Particulars of Submission of Reports of Execution of the Federal Budget by Chief Administrators of Resources of the Federal Budget to the Federal Treasury

Explains the procedure of drawing up and submission by chief administrators of resources of the federal budget of the quarterly, annual and monthly budget reports to the Ministry of Finance of Russia. In particular, defines the particulars of generation of budget reports for non-financial credits of international financial organisations and tied credits of the governments of foreign states, banks and companies, as well as for the cases of transfer of resources to the accounts of administrators (recipients) of resources of the federal budget in roubles and foreign currencies.

Provides the form of the report of execution of the budget of the chief administrator (administrator), recipient of resources of the federal budget.

Order of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation No. 575 of July 21, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Maintenance and Use of Protective Structures of Civil Defence in Peacetime

Specifies the requirements to the maintenance and use of protective structures of civil defence in peacetime. While maintaining the mentioned structures in peacetime, it is prohibited to rearrange them, break hermetic insulation, demount equipment, use flammable construction materials for internal finish, plastering of walls and ceilings, coating with ceramics and other. The Order lists the rooms of various functional destination that may be used as protective civil defence structures. Such rooms may be used as warehouses, garages, public catering, trade and household services facilities. The rooms must be free for use as emergency hideouts within 6 hours.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 21, 2005. Reg. No. 7032.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1609-U of August 25, 2005 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1574-U of May 4, 2005 on the Opening of Accounts in the Banks outside the Russian Federation by Resident Natural Persons Being Independent Entrepreneurs and Legal Entities

The requirement of the preliminary registration in the tax bodies at the place of registration of resident independent entrepreneurs and legal entities of accounts opened by them abroad applies to the opening of the deposits for the mentioned persons. The given procedure applies only to the opening of the deposits in the currency of the Russian Federation and in foreign currencies in the countries other than OECD or FATF members, as well as in the currency of the Russian Federation in the OECD and FATF member countries.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 20, 2005. Reg. No. 7031.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 485 of July 29, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Financing of the Measures to Assist Employment of Population and Social Protection of the Unemployed

The chief administrator of resources of the federal budget envisaged for the financial support of obligations of the Russian Federation to assist population employment and social protection of the unemployed is the Federal Service of Labour and Employment, administrators and recipients of resources - territorial bodies of the Federal Service of Labour and Employment, recipients of resources - state institutions of the employment service (employment centres).

The measures to assist population employment are paid through contracts concluded with employers. Unemployment allowances, material aid and stipends are paid out under the contract through the branches (divisions) of the credit organisation or organisations of the federal postal communication on the basis of the lists recipients signed by the authorised persons and certified with the seals of the territorial bodies of the Federal Service of Labour and Employment or employment centres.

Control over the use of the mentioned resources for designated purposes is vested in the Federal Service of Labour and Employment, its territorial bodies and the Federal Service of Financial and Budget Enforcement.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 20, 2005. Reg. No. 7029.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 580 of September 22, 2005 on the Procedure of Coordination of the List of the Types of Aquatic Biological Resources Being the Object of Fishing

The Federal Agency for Fishing shall work out the list of the types of aquatic biological resources being the object of fishing, send it for the state ecological expert evaluation to the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources and, after obtaining a positive statement of the mentioned expert evaluation, submit the list to the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. Before endorsing the list in the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, it must be coordinated with the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 575 of September 21, 2005 on the Mutual Trips of the Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Citizens of the Kirghiz Republic

Citizens of the Russian Federation can make trips to the Kirghiz Republic without obtaining visas using civil passports and certificates of birth for children while indicating the nationality. For the citizens of the Kirghiz Republic, it is necessary to hold the personal identification card of the citizen of the Kirghiz Republic, specimen of 2004 (plastic card), as well as the passport of the citizen of the Kirghiz Republic, specimen of 1994, without filling in the foreign page.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 574 of September 21, 2005 on the Mutual Trips of the Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan

Citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan can make trips without obtaining visas using civil passports and certificates of birth for children while indicating the nationality of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan respectively.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1111 of September 23, 2005 on the Amendment to the List of Confidential Information Endorsed by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 188 of March 6, 1997

The list of confidential information shall include information on the protected persons and measures of state protection under the Federal Law No. 119-FZ of August 20, 2004 on the state protection of victims, witnesses and other participants of proceedings in criminal cases.

The Decree is entered into force from the day of its signing.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 581 of September 26, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Commodities of Oil Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Increases the rates of export customs duties for lubrication oils and spent oil products, as well as for liquid fuels, petrolatum and petroleum coke, from USD 57.4 to USD 71.9 per ton. Besides, increases export customs duties for propane, butanes, xylenes, light and medium distillates, gas oils, benzene, toluene, ethylene, propylene and other liquefied gases from USD 106.6 to USD 133.5 per ton.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 579 of September 21, 2005 on the Procedure of Spending and Registration of Resources Provided in the Form of Subventions from the Federal Budget to the Budgets of the Subjects of the Russian Federation to Pay out State Lumpsum Allowances and Monthly Monetary Compensations to Citizens in Cases of Postvaccination Complications

The volume of subventions provided to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation is determined proceeding form the number of persons entitled for the payments, as well as from the specified amounts of state lumpsum allowances and monthly monetary compensations.

Distribution and redistribution of subventions is vested in the Federal Agency for Public Health and Social Development. The bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation must report the spending of subventions on the quarterly basis no later than the 15th of the month following the reported period.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 578 of September 21, 2005 on the Amendment to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 266 of April 28, 2005

The form of the document confirming the decision of coordination of rearrangement of the dwelling space refines the columns specifying the sending of the mentioned decision to the applicant and the receiving of it.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 576 of September 21, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Making Deductions by Organisations Operating Production Facilities and Objects Featuring Special Radiation and Nuclear Hazards (Except for Nuclear Power Stations) to Generate Reserves to Ensure the Safety of the Mentioned Production Facilities and Objects on All Stages of Their Life Cycle and Development

The list of organisations (except for the nuclear power stations) that must make deductions to generate reserves intended for the safety of their production facilities and objects on all stages of their life cycle and development is determined by the Government of the Russian Federation. Four types of reserves are envisaged that need deductions in the amount of 2% to 6% of the receipts obtained from sale of commodities (works, services). Particular amounts of normatives are determined by the federal bodies of executive power in charge of the state control of the use of nuclear power.

Deductions are included in expenses of organisations pertaining to production and/or sale of commodities (works, services) and are taken into account in pricing.

The rules are entered into force from January 1, 2006.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 583 of September 26, 2005 on the Determination and Endorsement of the Total Permitted Catches of Aquatic Biological Resources, As Well As on Changes to Them

Specifies the procedure and time limits for determination and endorsement of the total permitted catches of aquatic biological resources for fishing basins and regions in the internal waters of the Russian Federation, as well as the territorial sea of the Russian Federation, on the continental shelf and in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation, in the Azov and Caspian Seas.

The total permitted catches will be determined on the annual basis by the Federal Agency for Fishing and endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia taking into account the statements of the state ecological expert evaluation. The expert evaluation is vested in the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 582 of September 26, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Transfer of Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Pension Insurance in the Form of a Fixed Payment in the Minimum Amount

Insurance contributions for obligatory pension insurance in the form of a fixed payment in the minimum amount shall apply to independent entrepreneurs, lawyers, private detectives, private notaries. The minimum amount makes Rbl 150 a month, Rbl 100 of which designated to finance the insured part of the labour pension and Rbl 50 - to finance the accumulated part of the labour pension. The fixed payment to finance the accumulated part of the labour pension is obligatory for the persons born in 1967 and younger.

The Decision lists the cases of exemptions from the fixed payment.

The fixed payment may be transferred as a lumpsum figure for the current calendar year in the amount equal to the annual payment or in portions during the year in the amounts of monthly payments at least.

Order of the Federal Bailiff Service No. 49 of April 11, 2005 on the Entry into Force of the Instruction on the Procedure of Providing the Bailiffs with Travel Documents for Service Purposes for All Types of Public-Use Urban, Suburban and Local Transport (Except for Taxi)

To reimburse the travel expenses on the public transport, the bailiff submits to the appropriate territorial body of the Federal Bailiff Service of Russia application of the purchase of travel documents indicating the type of the public transport.

Travel documents are purchased by the territorial bodies of the Federal Bailiff Service of Russia with appropriate transport organisations. Purchased travel documents are handed out against the signature of the recipient.

If the bailiffs are not provided with travel documents, the travel expenses on the public transport for service purposes exclusively are reimbursed by the territorial bodies of the Federal Bailiff Service of Russia in the amount of actually suffered expenses.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 26, 2005. Reg. No. 7039.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 547 of September 5, 2005 on the Amendments to the Procedure of Providing the Set of Social Services to Individual Categories of Citizens Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 328 of December 29, 2004

Free travel to the place of medical treatment and back is provided to citizens on the basis of an accommodation order issued by the body of executive power of the subject of the Russian Federation in the sphere of public health according to the procedure defined by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia. After getting the accommodation order, the citizen or his legal representative applies to executive bodies of the Social Insurance Fund or the bodies of social protection of population to get special tokens or personal accommodation orders to get free travel documents.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 26, 2005. Reg. No. 7037.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1612-U of August 31, 2005 on the Procedure of Sending Requests and Getting Information from the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories by the Credit History Subject and Credit History User When Applying to a Credit Organisation

The credit history subject (credit history user) may get information on the credit history bureaus keeping the credit history of the credit history subject, or on the absence of such information, by applying with a request in writing to any credit organisation (parent office, branch or additional office of the credit organisation). The request must contain information according to the provided list of key requisites.

The credit organisation must identify the credit history subject (credit history user) to confirm the legality of presenting of information.

The Direction provides the procedure for sending replies of the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories on the bureau keeping the credit history of the credit history subject.

Credit organisations must provide for the execution no later than March 1, 2006 of the requirement to accept the above requests and send them to the Central Catalogue, as well as to get replies and send them to credit history subjects and credit history users.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 26, 2005. Reg. No. 7036.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1611-U of August 31, 2005 on the Procedure and Forms of Submission of Information by Credit History Bureaus Available in the Title Parts of Credit Histories and the Codes of Credit History Subjects to the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories

Credit history bureau shall submit information available in the title parts of credit histories to the Central Catalogue within two working days from the day of the beginning of the appropriate credit history or from the day of entry of amendments to its title part. Simultaneously with the mentioned information, the bureau shall submit the code of the credit history subject obtained from the credit history source.

The Direction provides the form of submission of information by the bureau available in the title parts of credit histories and the codes of credit history subjects.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 26, 2005. Reg. No. 7035.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1610-U of August 31, 2005 on the Procedure of Sending Requests and Obtaining Information from the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories by the Credit History Subject and Credit History User through the Representation of the Bank of Russia in the Internet

To get information on the bureau keeping the credit history directly from the Central Catalogue, the credit history subject (credit history user) shall send a request by electronic mail by filling in the form available at www.cbr.ru, or by electronic mail directly to the Central Catalogue to ckki@cbr.ru. To send the request, the credit history subject (credit history user) must have the code (additional code) of the credit history subject. The Direction provides the procedure for generation, replacing and revocation of such codes.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 26, 2005. Reg. No. 7034.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1605-U of August 9, 2005 on the Adjustment of the Acts of the Bank of Russia

Pursuant to the issue of the Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1604-U of August 9, 2005 defining the procedure of return of resources of the Deposit Insurance Fund built in 1991-1993 to credit organisations, invalidates individual acts of the Bank of Russia.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia. The text of the Direction has been published in the Herald of the Bank of Russia on September 28, 2005, No. 51.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1604-U of August 9, 2005 on the Transfer of Resources of the Deposit Insurance Fund in Commercial Banks

Defines the procedure of return to actual credit organisations of resources of the Deposit Insurance Fund generated in 1991-1993 and available on the accounts of the Bank of Russia. The mentioned resources are returned to credit organisations against application drawn up in free form.

The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia. The text of the Direction has been published in the Herald of the Bank of Russia on September 28, 2005, No. 51.

Federal Law No. 124-FZ of September 27, 2005 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Simplifies the procedure of payment of administrative fines. Decision imposing a fine, as well as the slip for the administrative violation in the sphere of highway traffic, must contain information on the recipient of the payment necessary according to the bank rules of filling of the payment documents to transfer fines to the accounts of the budgets of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 123-FZ of September 27, 2005 on the Amendment to the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and Invalidation of Some of the Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Laws on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the General Principles of Organisation of Legislative (Representative) and Executive Bodies of State Power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and on the General Principles of Organisation of Local Government in the Russian Federation

Employees dismissed before January 1, 2005 at liquidation of organisations of the coal industry located in the regions of the Far North and localities of the similar status who have the length of work at least 10 years in such organisations shall get housing subsidies for the purchase (construction) of homes at the new place of residence. The procedure and terms of granting of such subsidies shall be defined by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1134 of September 27, 2005 on the Call up to the Military Service of Citizens of the Russian Federation in October-December 2005 and on the Dismissal from the Military Service of Draft Servicemen

The call up to the military service of the citizens of the Russian Federation shall be arranged from October 1 to December 31, 2005 in the amount of 140,900 persons aged 18 to 27 years not being in the reserve and entitled for the military service.

Non-rated men, sergeants and sergeant-majors with expired length of service must be dismissed from the military service.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 584 of September 26, 2005 on the Measures to Provide for the Fulfilling of Obligations of the Russian Federation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora of March 3, 1973 Pertaining to Sturgeon Fishes

The administrative body in charge of the fulfilling of obligations of the Russian Federation under the mentioned Convention pertaining to sturgeons is the Federal Service of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Enforcement. The mentioned body shall issue permissions for the export/import, certificate for the re-export of sturgeons and products of them, including the roe, as well as the certificate for the introduction of the sturgeon species from the sea.

The Government of the Russian Federation shall fix quotas for the export of the mentioned fishes on the annual basis. The export and import shall be permitted in the presence of the license of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia (besides the permission issued by the administrative body).

Natural persons may import and export sturgeon roe in the amount not greater than 250 g per person regardless of the age without permissions and licenses.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1613-U of September 14, 2005 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1476-U of July 16, 2004 on the Procedure for Sending the Demand of the Bank of Russia for the Submission of the Bank Request to Terminate the Right of Work with Deposits

The procedure of sending of the demand of the Bank of Russia for submission of the bank request to terminate the right of work with deposits applies to the banks registered in the deposit insurance system but failing to comply with the requirements of participation in the deposit insurance system. Such demand of the Bank of Russia must be sent to the bank no later than within 10 working days from the day of adoption by the Committee of Bank Enforcement of the Bank of Russia of the decision of incompliance of the bank registered in the deposit insurance system with the requirements of participation in the deposit insurance system.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 28, 2005. Reg. No. 7042.

Order of the Federal Bailiff Service No. 35 of March 11, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Bonuses and Material Aid to the Employees of the Federal Bailiff Service

Employees of the Federal Bailiff Service of Russia shall get bonuses for the results of their work and lumpsum bonuses for the specially complicated and important missions. The bonuses for the results of work shall be paid out on the quarterly basis (75% of the salary for the occupied position per quarter) simultaneously with the earrings for the last month of the quarter, and for the VI quarter - during this quarter proceeding from the actually spent time. The employee may be deprived of the bonus if there are service failures, violations of the labour discipline.

Employees of the Federal Bailiff Service of Russia shall get also material aid in the amount of two salaries for the occupied position when getting the annual leave.

The bonuses and material aid envisaged in the Order will be paid out beginning with January 1, 2005.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 26, 2005. Reg. No. 7038.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. 03-11-02/37 of September 15, 2005 in Reply to the Request of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. 01-2-02/1086 of August 2, 2005 on the Procedure of Application of Some Provisions of Article 346.27 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

For the purposes of the uniform imputed income tax, retail trade is recognised to include also the sale of commodities for cash not only to natural persons, but also to legal entities, i.e. regardless of the type of contracts actually used to sell the commodities. From January 1, 2006, retail trade will include the sale of commodities only under the contracts of retail purchase and sale.

Operations of sale of commodities using any other forms of payment, including cashless payment on credit, are not regarded as retail trade for the purposes of the uniform imputed income tax and must be taxed according to the commonly accepted procedure.

From January 1, 2006, the sale of commodities to natural persons under the contracts of retail purchase and sale will be regarded as retail trade regardless of the forms of payment. Therefore, the sale of commodities on credit to natural persons will be subject to the uniform tax.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1131 of September 27, 2005 on the Qualification Requirements to the Length of State Civil Service (State Service of Other Types) or the Length of Work in an Occupation for the Federal State Civil Servants

Defines the length of state civil service (state service of other types) or length of work in an occupation permitting to occupy the higher, chief, leading, senior and junior positions in the federal state civil service. To occupy higher positions in the federal state civil service, the length of service must be at least six years in the state civil service (state service of other types) or at least seven years in an occupation. For junior positions in the federal state civil service, the length-of-service requirements are not specified.

The Decree is entered into force simultaneously with the entry into force of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the monetary subsistence for the federal state civil servants envisaged in Part 3 of Article 71 of the Federal Law No. 79-FZ of July 27, 2004 on the state civil service in the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 585 of September 28, 2005 on the Procedure for Control over Execution by the Customs Bodies of the Normative Legal Acts on Calculation and Collection of Customs Payments, Determination of the Customs Cost of Commodities

The mentioned control is vested in the Ministry of Finance of Russia in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. Preliminary control is aimed at prevention of violations by the customs bodies of the provisions of the normative legal acts on issues of calculation and collection of customs payments, determination of the customs cost of commodities. The main control includes the checking of compliance of actions of the customs bodies with the mentioned provisions of the normative legal acts.

For officials having failures in execution or improper execution of the normatives of legal acts on issues of calculation and collection of customs payments, determination of the customs cost of commodities, a service check is arranged to call the culpable to account for a disciplinary action.

Order of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication of the Russian Federation No. 114 of September 20, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Use of User Stations (User Radio Stations) of the Networks of Mobile Radio Telephone Communication of the GSM-900/1800 Standard

Provides the rules of use of user stations (user radio stations) of the networks of radio communication using the splitting of the covered territory into a number of cells and providing uninterrupted communication while the user of the services of mobile communication is moving from cell to cell (networks of mobile radio telephone communication of the GSM-900/1800 standard).

User stations (user radio stations) used in the network of mobile radio telephone communication of the GSM-900/1800 standard must undergo compliance certification on the obligatory basis in the form of a declaration.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 28, 2005. Reg. No. 7045.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 810 of August 31, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Instruction on the Lumpsum Allowance Paid out to Employees of the Customs Bodies of the Russian Federation When Dismissed from the Customs Bodies, As Well As the Monthly Allowance or Allowance in the Form of the Monthly Salary for the Special Grade after Dismissal from the Customs Bodies

The lumpsum allowance is paid out at dismissal from service upon reaching the limiting age, length of service permitting to get the pension, end of the length of service envisaged in the contract, because of organisational measures, transfer to another state body, draft military service or alternative civil service, because of the health condition.

The amount of the allowance depends on the length of service and may make from 5 to 20 monthly salaries.

The monthly allowance is paid out to employees with the length of service from 15 to 20 years and dismissed from service in the customs bodies upon reaching the limiting age, because of organisational measures, because of the health condition for five years after dismissal. The amount of the allowance with the total length of service of 15 years makes 40% of the monthly subsistence and is increased 3% for each year of service in excess of 15 years.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 28, 2005. Reg. No. 7043.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 205 of August 25, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Prototype Charter of the Federal State Unitary Enterprises on the Basis of Economic Management

Endorses a new form of the prototype charter of the federal state unitary enterprise on the basis of economic management. The charter lists the goals and the subject of activities, rights and duties of the enterprise, defines the legal status of the enterprise property, procedure for managing the enterprise, as well as its branches and representations. A separate division is dedicated to issues of reorganisation and liquidation of the enterprise.

Enterprise property shall be federally owned, is indivisible and may not be distributed among shares, including its employees. Results, products and incomes obtained from the use of the property available in economic management of the enterprise, as well as the property purchased at the expense of obtained profits, shall be federally owned and transferred in economic management of the enterprise.

The enterprise must create a reserve fund, resources of which may be used to cover the losses exclusively. The profits may also be used to create a social and a housing fund, resources of which are used to improve employee health, as well as for the purchase and construction of housing (shared participation) for the enterprise employees needing improvement of housing conditions. Besides, a fund of material support of employees may be created.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 27, 2005. Reg. No. 7041.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-05-01-03/82 of August 15, 2005 on the Procedure of Collection of the Incomes Tax from Natural Persons for the Citizens of the Republic of Belarus

For the citizens of the Republic of Belarus - potential tax residents of the Russian Federation (taking into account the labour contracts concluded with such citizens) - the rate of the income tax in the amount of 13% shall apply for the works under employment contracts from the first day of their stay on the territory of the Russian Federation.

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