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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 20.09.2005

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.

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