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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 31.10.2005

Federal Law No. 125-FZ of September 30, 2005 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Military Duty and Military Service

Distinguishes the use in the Federal Law on the military duty and military service of the notions of the "reserve of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation" and the "reserve of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation". The earlier definition was "reserve of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation" that could be interpreted as a common reserve of the two different bodies, which was not true.

Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 451-rp of October 1, 2005 on Some International Treaties Signed in the Framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States

Reports the intention of the Russian Federation to withdraw from the Conciliation on the priority measures to protect the victims of armed conflicts, as well as the Agreement on joint measures to prevent the blockade singed in Moscow on September 24, 1993. According to the Agreement, the parties may not permit on their territories actions incompatible with the UN charter and aimed at full or partial isolation of the territory of another state by breaking completely or partly economic relations, railway, sea, air, pipeline, postal, telegraph, radio or other means of communication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 586 of September 28, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Prolongation of the Contracts of Trust Control of the Savings of Housing Support for Servicemen

A prerequisite to prolong the contract is the management company compliance with the requirements to the management companies specified by the Government of the Russian Federation for participation in the contest for the contracts. The contract is prolonged on the basis of the application of the management company for the term not greater than 3 years.

The application is submitted to the Ministry of Defence of Russia no sooner than 60 days and no later than 45 days in advance of the expiry of the contract.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1158 of October 3, 2005 on the Amendment to the Structure of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power Endorsed by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 649 of May 20, 2004 "Issues of the Structure of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power"

Abandons the Federal Agency for Agriculture. Its functions are handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 587 of September 28, 2005 on the Governmental Commission for Improvement of Interaction of the Federal Bodies of the Executive Power and the Bodies of Executive Power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation

Forms the body in charge of coordination of interaction of the federal bodies of executive power and the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation.

The Commission shall examine the results of implementation of the authority handed over to the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation and the bodies of local government.

The Commission shall also coordinate the work in implementation of the regional aspects of the federal tied programs and regional programs of social and economic development of the subjects of the Russian Federation.

The composition of the Commission is endorsed by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources No. 239 of September 19, 2005 on the Procedure of Publication and Entry into Force of the Acts of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources Recognised by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation As not Needing the State Registration

The acts of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources recognised by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation as not needing the state registration must be published in the journal State Management of Resources and the newspaper Natural Resources News, as well as be placed on the official Internet site of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources control.mnr.gov.ru. The mentioned sources are official ones.

The given acts shall enter into force from the moment of their signing (endorsement) if the acts themselves do not specify another time limit and/or procedure of entry into force.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 29, 2005. Reg. No. 7048.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-11-04/2/81 of September 19, 2005

In 2006, if the application is submitted to switch over to the simplified system of taxation from January 1, 2007, incomes from sales and non-sales incomes for 9 months of 2006 will be taken into account. If the application is submitted in 2005 to switch over to the simplified system of taxation from January 1, 2006, there is a restriction stating that the sales incomes may not be greater than Rbl 11 million.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1558-r of October 3, 2005

The Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance may hand over to its territorial funds part of their authority in organisation of delivery and release of medicines in the subjects of the Russian Federation. To render additional free medical aid, including the one envisaging necessary medicines to individual categories of citizens, a contest will be arranged for the deliveries and release of medicines.

Order of the Central Bank of Russia No. OD-568 of September 30, 2005 on the Dissemination of the Procedure of Granting Credits by the Bank of Russia to the Banks Secured with the Pledging of Promissory Notes, Claims Rights under Credit Contracts of Organisations or Guarantees of Credit Organisations

The Directorate of the Bank of Russia for the Krasnodar Territory is permitted to carry out operations of refinancing of credit organisations in compliance with the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 273-P of July 14, 2005

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 121-T of September 28, 2005 on the Inclusion of Securities in the Lombard List of the Bank of Russia

The Lombard List of the Bank of Russia shall include individual issues of the bonds of the bank Russky Standart and the Rosselkhkozbank.

The Letter shall apply from the day of its publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia, however, no sooner than the day when the above bonds are permitted for circulation of at the organised market of securities in the sector of settlements for the state federal securities.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-11-02/44 of September 26, 2005

Explains individual issues of application of special tax regimes. Independent entrepreneurs having switched over to the simplified system of taxation on the basis of a patent may reduce the cost of the patent by the amount of insurance contributions for obligatory pension insurance for the appropriate period of time. The cost of the patent may not be reduced by more than 50%.

If the system of taxation in the form of the uniform imputed income tax for individual types of activities is introduced, including the ones where the simplified system of taxation on the basis of a patent is introduced by independent entrepreneurs, for these types of activities independent entrepreneurs must pay the uniform imputed income tax.

In 2006, if the application to switch over to the simplified system of taxation from January 1, 2007 is submitted, incomes from sales and non-sales incomes for 9 months of 2006 will be taken into account.

From January 1, 2006, the amount of the uniform tax shall be reduced by taxpayers by the amount of insurance contributions for obligatory pension insurance paid for the same period of time when paying out remuneration to employees engaged in the spheres of activities where the uniform tax is paid, as well as by the amount of insurance contributions in the form of fixed payments paid by independent entrepreneurs for their own insurance, and by the amount of temporary disability allowances paid out to employees. The amount of the uniform tax may not be reduced by more than 50%.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 594 of October 4, 2005 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Organisation of Sale of State or Municipally Owned Stocks of Open-Type Joint-Stock Companies at the Special Auction Endorsed by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 585 of August 12, 2002

Changes the procedure of sale of state or municipally owned stocks of open-type joint-stock companies at the specialised auction. If the total amount of the monetary resources indicated in the requests of the participants of the specialised auction is less than the cost of the stocks put out at the specialised auction at the initial selling price, the auction is considered to have failed. The joint selling price may not be lower than the initial selling price.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 592 of September 30, 2005 on the Raising from September 1, 2005 of the Salaries for the Occupied Position to Employees Occupying Positions Other Than the State Ones and Providing Technical Support of Activities of the Federal State Bodies

From September 1, 2005, salaries for the occupied positions for employees occupying the mentioned positions are increased 1.33 times.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 601 of September 28, 2005 on the Endorsement of the List of Medicines

Lists the medicines sold to doctor (feldsher) prescriptions when rendering additional free medical aid to individual categories of citizens entitled for the state social aid.

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

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 29, 2005. Reg. No. 7052.

Order of the Federal Treasury No. 17n of September 17, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Opening and Keeping by the Territorial Bodies of the Federal Treasury of Personal Accounts to Register Operations with Resources Available in Temporary Use with the Federal Institutions in Compliance with the Legislation of the Russian Federation

Operations with resources received for temporary use by the federal institutions are registered on the personal accounts for operations with resources received for temporary use by the federal institutions opened for them in the territorial bodies of the Federal Treasury.

The body of the Federal Treasury shall open a personal account for operations with the mentioned resources to the client to register operations with resources available in temporary use. The numbering of personal accounts for operations with resources available in temporary use shall use code 05 - personal account for operations with resources available in temporary use.

The Order provides the procedure of registration of operations on the personal accounts for the mentioned operations.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 29, 2005. Reg. No. 7047.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 598 of October 5, 2005 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Endorsed by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 315 of June 28, 2004

The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia is permitted to adopt normative legal acts specifying the procedure of registration of grains and products of their processing when procuring them for the state needs, as well as when supplying them to the state reserve.

The sphere of reference of the Ministry does not include now the right to adopt the acts specifying the forms of initial accounting documents in subordinate organisations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 597 of October 5, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Transfer of Monetary Resources and Securities Used to Invest the Savings of the Housing Support of Servicemen to a New Management Company in Cases of Termination of the Contract of Trust Control of the Savings of the Housing Support of Servicemen

Monetary resources and securities are handed over to a new management company on condition that the composition of the investment portfolio of the new management company, taking into account the handed over monetary resources and securities, meets the requirements of the Federal Law on the accumulated mortgage system of housing support of servicemen. If such condition is satisfied in two or more management companies, monetary resources and securities are handed over in trust control to the one having received a higher aggregate weighted figure (rating) at the contest used to conclude the contract.

If neither of the companies meets such condition, monetary resources and securities are handed over in trust control to the one with a higher aggregate weighted figure (rating) and having expressed the consent to get the mentioned assets in trust control.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 112n of September 7, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Form "Information on the Land Plots, As Well As the Persons, with the Registered Proprietary Right, Right of Permanent (Unlimited) Use or the Right of Life-Time Inherited Possession" and Its Filling Recommendations

Endorses KND Form 1114219 "Information on the Land Plots, As Well As the Persons, with the Registered Proprietary Right, Right of Permanent (Unlimited) Use or the Right of Life-Time Inherited Possession" and its filling recommendations.

The form consists of:

- title sheet (Sheet A "Information on the Land Plots, As Well As the Persons with the Registered Proprietary Right, Right of Permanent (Unlimited) Use or the Right of Life-Time Inherited Possession");
- Sheet B "Information on the Land Plot";
- Sheet C "Information on the Holder of the Right (Legal Entity) for the Land Plot";
- Sheet D "Information on the Holder of the Right (Natural Person) for the Land Plot".

The bodies in charge of the state registration of the rights for immovable property and transactions with it must report to the tax bodies at the place of their location the mentioned information as of January 1, 2005. Besides, the mentioned bodies must report information on the immovable property located on their subordinate territory and registered in these bodies (rights and transactions registered in these bodies) and its owners within 10 days from the day of the appropriate registration.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 5, 2005. Reg. No. 7056.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 599 of October 6, 2005 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Fats and Butters, Partly Processed, Margarines and Spreads

Import duties for fats and butters, partly processed, margarines and spreads are increased for 9 months and assume a uniform amount of 20% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 0.2 per kg (earlier, the amounts made 15% of the customs cost or 15% but not less than EUR 0.12 per kg, or 15% but not less than EUR 0.2 per kg).

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 596 of October 5, 2005 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Technological Equipment, Component and Spare Parts for It for Organisations of the Light and Textile Industries

Individual types of technological equipment, component and spare parts for it for organisations of the light and textile industries shall be imported at the rate of 0% for 9 months. Earlier, the import rate for these commodities amounted to 5%-10% of the customs cost.

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

Decision of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 4336/05 of September 1, 2005

Subject to Paragraph 4 of Item 3 of Article 243 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, if the amount of reduction of the uniform social tax for the month (amount of advance payment of the uniform social tax) due to the federal budget is greater than the amount of insurance contributions for obligatory pension insurance paid for the appropriate month, such difference is accepted from the 15th of the month following the month of advance payments of the uniform social tax by reducing the amount of the mentioned tax.

According to the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court, reduction of the amount of the uniform social tax due for payment occurred as a result of incomplete transfer of the amount of insurance contributions rather than the actions (failure to act) indicated in Article 122 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, which is not the violation envisaged in the mentioned Article.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 602 of October 1, 2005 on the Limiting Number and Labour Remuneration Fund of the Employees of Central Offices and Territorial Bodies of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power

From October 1, 2005, the limiting number of employees of the central offices of the Federal Agency for Education makes 345 (earlier, 320) persons, Ministry of Finance of Russia - 1,231 (earlier, 1,153), Ministry of Economic Development of Russia - 2,049 (earlier, 1,949), Federal Service for Tariff Rates - 374 (earlier, 271), Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Public Health and Social Development - 550 (earlier, 131), employees of the territorial bodies of the Federal Agency of Cadastre of Objects of Immovable Property - 9,162 (earlier, 7,162).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 600 of October 6, 2005 on the State Control of the Condition, Use, Safeguarding, Protection of the Forestry Fund and Reproduction of Forests

Control over observation by all citizens and legal entities of the established procedure of use of the forestry fund, rules of sale of stumpage wood, main felling, intermediary felling and other feelings, safeguarding, protection of the forestry fund and reproduction of forests is vested in the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Use of Natural Resources.

The state control shall be implemented in the form of checks. The procedure of drawing up of the results of checks, as well as the forms of orders to eliminate revealed violations and the acts of carried out checks, shall be specified by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 113n of September 7, 2005 on the Criteria for Securities to Place and/or Invest Temporarily Available Monetary Resources of the Fund of Obligatory Insurance of Deposits

Temporarily available monetary resources of the Fund of Obligatory Insurance of Deposits may be placed and/or invested in securities while observing a number of conditions.

The mentioned securities must be included in at least one higher level quotation list or must be of issuers with the rating of international rating agencies Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investor Service and Fitch Ratings in appropriate types of obligations not lower than two levels of the sovereign rating of the Russian Federation, but not lower than BB-, Ba3 and BB- levels respectively.

The mentioned resources may also be invested in state securities of the subjects of the Russian Federation, municipal bonds and the bonds of Russian economic companies included in the higher level quotation lists on condition that their redemption time has not yet occurred.

Temporarily available monetary resources of the Fund of Obligatory Insurance of Deposits may not be placed in stocks (shares, contributions), bonds and promissory notes of credit organisations.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 6, 2005. Reg. No. 7061.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 92 of September 12, 2005 on the Average Market Cost of 1 Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space for the IV Quarter of 2005

Provides the average market cost of 1 square meter of total dwelling space (in roubles) applied in the estimates of the amounts of gratuitous subsidies allocated in the IV quarter of 2005 for all categories of citizens entitled for the mentioned subsidies at the expense of resources of the federal budget for the purchase of dwelling space.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 6, 2005. Reg. No. 7059.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 166 of September 12, 2005 on the Level of Prices for Grain in 2005 for the Cases of State Purchase Interventions

Specifies the level of prices permitting to carry out state purchase interventions in 2005 for the grain of the harvest of 2005: below Rbl 2,450 per ton for class 4 soft milling wheat, below Rbl 2,500 per ton for group A milling rye.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 6, 2005. Reg. No. 7058.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 578 of September 13, 2005 on the Endorsement of the List of Medicines Sold without Doctor's Prescription

Endorses the new list of medicines sold without doctor's prescription. The Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 287 of July 19, 1999 having specified earlier the list of such medicines is invalidated.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 29, 2005. Reg. No. 7053.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 109n of August 30, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Conveying to the Insured the Form of the Application for the Choice of Investment Portfolio (Management Company) and Its Filling Instruction

The form of the application for the choice of investment portfolio (management company) and its filling instruction shall be conveyed annually to the insured through the Pension Fund, its territorial body and organisations where the Pension Fund has agreements on mutual certification of signatures no later than September 1 current year.

Territorial bodies of the Pension Fund and organisations where there are agreements on mutual certification of signatures may not collect payment for the conveyed forms of applications and their filling instructions to the insured.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 11, 2005. Reg. No. 7065.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 124-T of October 3, 2005 on the Fixing of the Rouble Equivalents for the Figures Envisaged in the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1346-U of December 1, 2003

For the VI quarter of 2005, the Bank of Russia specified that the rouble equivalent of the registered capital for the created banks regardless of the share of participation of the foreign capital in them as of the day of submission of the documents to the territorial institution of the Bank of Russia must be at least Rbl 171,905,500.

The same equivalents of the minimum amount of the registered capital are specified for the actual credit organisations requesting the general license for bank operations and for non-bank credit organisations requesting the status of a bank.

The rouble equivalent of the registered capital for the created non-bank credit organisations as of the day of submission of the documents to the territorial institution of the Bank of Russia must be at least Rbl 17,190,050.

The previous rouble equivalents of the registered capital specified for the III quarter of 2005 in the Letter of the Bank of Russia No. 94-T of July 4, 2005 amounted to Rbl 172,620,500 and Rbl 17,262,050 respectively.

Information Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 33 of September 30, 2005 "Summary of the Practice of Application of the Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia on Currency Control"

The electronic database of the currency operations maintained by the authorised bank for the accounts of their clients in compliance with the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 117-I of June 15, 2004 does not include information on own currency operations of the authorised bank.

Payments in the currency of the Russian Federation between residents and non-residents in operations with external securities using the bank account of the resident do not imply any restrictions.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. BE-6-09/795@ of September 26, 2005 on the Explanatory Measures of the Need to Supplement Information of the Joint State Register of Legal Entities and the Joint State Register of Independent Entrepreneurs with OKVED Codes to be Carried out by the Bodies in Charge of Registration

Reports that from January 1, 2004, information of the Joint State Register of Legal Entities and the Joint State Register of Independent Entrepreneurs must include OKVED codes. However, the legislation on the state registration does not envisage the duty of the legal entities, independent entrepreneurs and peasant (farmers') enterprises to submit to the body in charge of registration information on the types of economic activities if it is not available in the Joint State Register of Legal Entities and the Joint State Register of Independent Entrepreneurs. Also, there is not duty of the mentioned entities to report to the body in charge of registration information on the changes of OKVED codes.

Entry of information on OKVED codes to the Joint State Register of Legal Entities and the Joint State Register of Independent Entrepreneurs is arranged on the basis of applications drawn up to forms N 14001, N 24001 and N 24002 and submitted by applicants to the body in charge of registration. Declarations, reports, other documents available with the bodies in charge of registration (tax bodies) may not serve as grounds to include information on OKVED codes in the Joint State Register of Legal Entities and the Joint State Register of Independent Entrepreneurs.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-11/229 of September 13, 2005

Operations of issue of certificates of available resources on accounts by the bank should be regarded as operations of keeping of bank accounts of organisations and natural persons by the banks. Therefore, bank services of issue of certificates of available resources on client accounts, including the use of the means of communication (SMS messages), are exempted from the value added tax.

Federal Law of October 12, 2005 on the Amendments to Articles 83 and 85 of the Federal Law on the General Principles of Organisation of Local Government in the Russian Federation, Federal Law on the Amendments to the Budget Code of the Russian Federation Pertaining to Regulation of Inter-Budget Relations and to Article 7 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Parts 1 and 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and on Invalidation of Some of the Legislative Acts (Provisions of Legislative Acts) of the Russian Federation on Taxes and Fees

The amendments transfer the beginning of the reform of the local government from January 1, 2006 to January 1, 2009. Within the mentioned transient period, the laws of the subjects of the Russian Federation may define the procedure of solving of issues of local significance of the newly created residential settlements, as well as opportunities of solving of issues of local significance of the newly created residential settlements by the bodies of local government of the municipal region.

From January 1, 2006 to the end of the transient period, provisions of the Federal Law on the general principles of organisation of local government in the Russian Federation may be applied in full amount.

When forming and endorsing the draft budgets of municipal regions for the years 2006-2008, resources of the regional funds of financial support of residential settlements may be distributed using the figures of actual incomes and expenses for the reported period or forecasted for the planned period incomes and expenses of the budgets of residential settlements.

The Law changes the procedure of distribution of grants form the regional funds of financial support of municipal regions (urban districts). In the transient period before the registration of the proprietary rights, federal and regional bodies of state power may use on gratuitous basis the property handed over to them for the implementation of their authority. Appropriate changes are introduced in the budget and tax legislation.

The Federal Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication, however, no sooner than one month after the day of its official publication except for individual norms to be entered into force from January 1, 2006.

Letter of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-OV-02/15328 of September 27, 2005 on the Information from the Register of Certified Persons

The fact of registration in the register is not included in the qualification requirements to the specialists of the financial market. Information on the certified persons and issued qualification certificates is entered in the register of the Federal Service for Financial Markets at the moment of issue of the qualification certificate. Qualification certificates issued before the entry into force of the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 05-17/pz-n of April 20, 2005 on the endorsement of the Regulation on the specialists of the financial market that are not limited in time preserve their force regardless of the fact of registration (re-registration) in the register.

Letter of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-OV-03/14492 of September 13, 2005 on the Increase of the Registered Capital of a Joint-Stock Company with the Cost of Net Assets Being Lower Than Its Registered Capital

If the cost of net assets of the issuer joint-stock company proceeding from the information of its annual accounting reports for the second and each subsequent fiscal year appears to be less than its registered capital, the terms of issue and circulation, as well as the terms of issue of stocks placed to increase the registered capital, are in violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation, since the joint-stock company has to reduce the registered capital or take the decision on its liquidation.

However, if the cost of net assets as determined from the information of the quarterly accounting reports for the most recent verified reporting period as confirmed by the audit statement appears to be greater than or equal to the registered capital, the terms of issue and circulation of stocks placed to increase the registered capital of such joint-stock company is not in violation of the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation on securities.

Federal Law No. 128-FZ of October 12, 2005 on the Renaming of the City of Bednodemyanovsk of the Bednodemyanovsk Region of the Penza Province into the City of Spassk

The city of Bednodemyanovsk has regained its historical name - city of Spassk. In 1779, the village of Novo-Spasskoye was renamed into the regional city of Spassk of the Tambov Province at the decree of Empress Catherine II. In 1925, the All-Russia Central Executive Committee adopted a decision on the basis of the decision of the province party conference on the renaming of the city of Spassk of the Penza Province into the city of Bednodemyanovsk.

Federal Law No. 127-FZ of October 12, 2005 on the Amendments to Article 96.1 of the Budget Code of the Russian Federation

The changes envisage an increase of the basic price for the Urals raw oil for the cases of use of resources of the Stabilisation Fund of the Russian Federation from USD 146 per ton (USD 20 per barrel) to USD 197.1 per ton (USD 27 per barrel).

The Federal Law is entered into force from January 1, 2006.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 604 of October 12, 2005 on the Introduction of Special Duties for Individual Commodities Originating in the Ukraine and Imported to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

Starch treacle (code according the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature 1702 30 990 1) shall be imported from the Ukraine to the Russian Federation at the special duty of EUR 0.6 per kg (the rate for the import of the mentioned commodity from other countries makes 5% of the customs cost). The same amount of the special duty is introduced for boiled sweets containing cocoa, whether or not stuffed, toffee, caramels and other similar sweets (codes according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature 1806 90 500 1, 1806 90 500 2 and 1806 90 500 9). Boiled sweets without cocoa, whether or not stuffed, toffee, caramels and similar sweets (codes according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature 1704 90 710 0 and 1704 90 750 0) shall be imported at the special rate of 20% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 0.25 per kg.

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

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 627 of October 7, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Joint Nomenclature of State and Municipal Public Health Institutions

The Joint Nomenclature shall include medical treatment and prevention institutions (hospitals, dispensaries, out-patient clinics, centres, including the scientific research and practical ones, first aid institutions and blood transfusion institutions, maternity and childhood protection institutions, sanatoria and resorts), special-type public health institutions, institutions of enforcement in the sphere of protection of consumer rights and human well-being, apothecary institutions.

The heads of the federal bodies of executive power possessing subordinate public health intuitions, heads of the bodies of public health management of the subjects of the Russian Federation are recommended to bring the names of the public health institutions in compliance with the Joint Nomenclature.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 12, 2005. Reg. No. 7070.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 213 of September 23, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Determination of the Dominating Position of Leasing Organisations at the Market of Leasing Services

Position of the leasing organisation is recognised to be dominating if the share at the federal market of leasing services is exceeded by 10% and at the regional - by 25%. The dominating position is not considered to be a violation of the antimonopoly legislation, but serves as grounds for a systematic monitoring of activities of the leasing organisation on the part of the antimonopoly body to prevent or stop abuse of the dominating position.

The dominating position is determined on the basis of analysis of the competition at the federal and/or regional markets of leasing services. The dominating position at the federal market is assessed only for a leasing organisation maintaining its activities in at least two subjects of the Russian Federation.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 12, 2005. Reg. No. 7069.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 107n of August 22, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Standards of Disclosing of Information on the Investing of Resources of Accumulated Pensions

Defines the composition, procedure and time limits for disclosing of information on the investing of resources of accumulated pensions and information on the structure and composition of stock-holders (participants) of the management companies and the specialised depositary.

Disclosing of information applies to the management companies having concluded contracts of trust control for the resources of accumulated pensions with the Pension Fund as a result of the contest, state management company, specialised depositary having concluded the contract for the services to the Pension Fund and the Pension Fund itself.

Lists information that must be disclosed, in particular, investment declaration and the audit statement on the accounting work and financial reports of the management company pertaining to generation and investing of resources of accumulated pensions, as well as financing of payments at the expense of accumulated pensions. The information is disclosed with various frequency through the Internet, as well as by submitting it to the Federal Service for Financial Markets and the Pension Fund.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 12, 2005. Reg. No. 7067.

Federal Constitutional Law No. 6-FKZ of October 14, 2005 on the Forming in the Russian Federation of the New Subject of the Russian Federation As a Result of a Merger of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Taymyr (Dolgano-Nenetsky) Autonomous District and the Evenki Autonomous District

Defines the main terms, procedure and time limit for the forming of the new subject of the Russian Federation, its status and borders, time limit for the termination of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Taymyr (Dolgano-Nenetsky) and the Evenki Autonomous Districts. Specifies the transient period for the forming of the new subject of the Russian Federation - Krasnoyarsk Territory - from January 1 and no later than December 31, 2007. Within the mentioned transient period, the forming of the bodies of state power of the new subject of the Russian Federation must be finished.

Also defines the procedure of preparation and adoption of the budgets of the new subject of the Russian Federation, procedure for its financial support from the federal budget, procedure of functioning in the transient period, as well as the legal succession, including the property of the territory and the autonomous districts, procedure of implementation of the laws and other normative legal acts.

Also defines the particulars of organisation of the local government on the territory of the new subject of the Russian Federation and other pertinent issues.

The Federal Constitutional Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication.

Federal Law No. 126-FZ of October 12, 2005 on the Amendments to Article 14 of the Federal Law on the Executive Proceedings

The changes envisage a single, three-year long time limit for execution of the writs of execution issued on the basis of the acts of the courts of general jurisdiction, arbitration courts and court orders. Earlier, a reduced, six-month long period was envisaged for the acts of the arbitration courts, which was in violation of Article 321 of the Code of Arbitration Procedures.

However, the writs of execution issued on the basis of the acts of arbitration courts where the missed time limit was restored may be presented for execution within three months.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 612 of October 13, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Palm Oil

The Decision preserves the rates of the import customs duties for palm oil earlier introduced for 9 months by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 725 of December 2, 2004.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 609 of October 12, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Special Technical Regulation on the Requirements to the Exhausts of Hazardous Substances (Pollutants) of the Automobiles Permitted for Circulation on the Territory of the Russian Federation

The endorsed Regulation specifies the requirements to the exhausts of hazardous substances (pollutants) of the automobiles outfitted with internal combustion engines. The objects of the Technical Regulation are newly made in the Russian Federation, as well as imported to the Russian Federation, automobiles and internal combustion engines installed on them where it permits to exhausts, as well as the fuel for such engines.

The automobiles are divided into ecology classes. Information on the ecology class is entered in the automobile identification documents. Technical requirements are defined to the automobiles and internal combustion engines installed on them

Compliance of automobiles and engines installed on them with the requirements of the Regulation is certified with a report envisaged in the UN ECE rules or the compliance certificate. The period of validity of the compliance certificates is restricted by the date of entry into force of the requirements to the ecological class, but may not be greater than 4 years. The earlier issued compliance certificates preserve their force until expiry.

The Decision defines the time limits for the entry into force of the technical normatives for exhausts.

The Special Technical Regulation is entered into force 6 months after the day of its official publication of the Decision.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 605 of October 12, 2005 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation Pertaining to Individual Types of Shoes

Adjusts the rates of the import customs duties for individual types of shoes. Introduces new codes of the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature and specifies import duties for 9 months.

Thus, shoes with the franco frontier price of the country of import not greater than EUR 15 per pair shall be imported at the rate of EUR 2 per pair, other shoes - 10% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 1.8 per pair. Home and sports shoes shall be imported at the rate of 10% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 1 per pair (earlier, 15% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 0.7 per pair). Individual parts of shoes shall be imported at the rate of 5% (earlier, 10%) of the customs cost.

The Decision is entered into force 2 months after the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 613 of October 13, 2005 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Sports Commodities

The import rate of the customs duty for individual types of sports commodities is fixed in the amount of 5% of the customs cost (earlier, 15% of the customs cost plus EUR 0.7 per pair for ski and snowboard boots, 15% of the customs cost for skis, bindings, skates, tennis rackets and balls, athletics exercisers). The new rate is fixed for 9 months.

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

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-01-20/5-193 of September 27, 2005

Blank forms of strict accountability endorsed by the Ministry of Finance of Russia in pursuance of the Regulation on cash payments or payments using pay cards without cash registers endorsed by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 171 of March 31, 2005 must be made in printing houses. The blank forms should contain information on the endorsement, their names, six-digit number and series, as well as information on the maker (abbreviated name, taxpayer identification number, place of location, order number and the year of fulfilling, printed quantity).

Letter of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being No. 0100/7103-05-32 of September 1, 2005 on the Measures to Protect Population Living in Epizootic Areas of Avian Influenza

Provides recommendations on the measures of protection of population living in the regions with the registered cases of bird infections caused by a powerful pathogenic avian influenza. The main requirement is that the persons other than those attending the birds should avoid contacts with hens, ducks or other poultry and game, as well as a full isolation from contacts with poultry or other birds for children and persons older than 60 years of age and those suffering from chronic cardiovascular and lung diseases. Workers of poultry farms must use protective clothing and observe sanitary rules.

Federal Law No. 130-FZ of October 17, 2005 on the Amendments to Articles 26 and 31 of the Federal Law on the Military Duty and Military Service

According to the amendments, the call-up to the military service for the citizens not being in the reserve includes, in particular, reporting to the military commissariat of the subject of the Russian Federation for travel to the place of service. The Law also refines the duties of the pertinent citizens. The mentioned citizens must stay in the military commissariat of the subject of the Russian Federation before being sent to the place of service.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 614 of October 15, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Spending and Registration of Resources of the Granted Subventions from the Federal Budget to the Budgets of the Subjects of the Russian Federation to Implement the Handed over Authority of the Russian Federation to Provide Housing to Veterans, Invalids and Families with Invalid Children

To implement the measures of social support to provide housing in compliance with the Federal Laws on the veterans and on the social protection of invalids in the Russian Federation to citizens needing improvement of housing conditions having registered before January 1, 2005, defines the procedure of spending and registration of resources to grant federal subventions to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation.

The subventions are transferred by the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing and Communal Services to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation to the accounts of the territorial bodies of the Federal Treasury. The form and procedure of providing social support to citizens to provide housing shall be specified by the bodies of state power of the subjects of the Russian Federation independently.

The Decision envisages a quarterly submission of reports by the bodies of state power of the subjects of the Russian Federation on the spending of subventions.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 716 of September 2, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Typical Regulation on the Department (Section) of Non-Agency Guard Service of the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Directorates of Internal Affairs, Departments of Internal Affairs of the Subjects of the Russian Federation

The typical Regulation on the department (section) of non-agency guard service of the ministries of internal affairs, directorates of internal affairs, departments of internal affairs of the subjects of the Russian Federation envisages that the department (section) heads the structure incorporating departments (sections) of non-agency guard service and line divisions of militia of non-agency guard service. It may include also militia divisions, as well as engineering and service personnel. The department may have attached subordinate to it without inclusion in the payroll: line militia divisions including those specialising in protection of property of natural persons and legal entities during transportation and other structural divisions.

Department (section) is a legal entity, participates in civil and legal relations as a state institution, may act as a plaintiff and defendant in court.

According to the Regulation, the work of the department (section) is arranged on the planned basis, combination of sole command in service activities and collegiate discussion, while specifying personal responsibility of each employee in the designated area and individual missions.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7072.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-35/pz-n of September 13, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure, Time Limit and Form of Submission by Specialised Depositaries, Management Companies, Brokers and Non-State Pension Funds of Reports of Observation in Their Activities of the Requirements of the Codes of Professional Ethics

The mentioned organisations shall submit reports of observation in their activities of the requirements of the codes of professional ethics to the Federal Service for Financial Markets for the reporting period, which is a calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

The reports should be submitted no later than within 45 days after the date of the end of the reporting period. The form of the report and the description of the explanatory note are provided.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 14, 2005. Reg. No. 7071.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 620 of October 17, 2005 on the Amendments to the Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Sector of Deviations of the Wholesale Market of Electric Power of the Transient Period

The set of notions of the rules of the wholesale market of electric power of the transient period is extended to include the term "participant with regulated consumption". It implies a participant of the regulated sector who, because of the working regimes, affects the quality of electric power and reliability of work of the Joint Power Supply Systems of Russia and possesses at the wholesale market supply points associated with power consuming devices and/or generating objects where the participant cannot receive and execute dispatcher commands to change the volumes of consumption (production) of electric power. From January 20, 2006, suppliers and participants with a regulated consumption may conclude bi-lateral contracts of purchase and sale of electric power in the volumes corresponding to deviations, indicating their reasons and direction. The mentioned bi-lateral contracts must be registered with the administrator of the trade system in pursuance of the contract of connection to the trade system of the w holesale market.

The new wording describes the new rules of organisation of circulation of electric power in the deviations sector. Specifies that the choice in the deviations sector must be made taking account of the price-accepting requests for the increase or reduction of the volumes of production (consumption) of electric power. Operative requests shall be submitted to the system operator before the beginning of selection of requests in the deviations sector under the contract of connection to the trade system of the wholesale market. The given rule shall enter into force from December 20, 2005.

The cost of the earlier available deviations in the actual production (consumption) of electric power of participants of the wholesale market from the volumes of their planned production (consumption) is calculated according to the earlier available rules.

The Decision is entered into force from October 20, 2005.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-03-04/1/264 of October 10, 2005 on the Amortisation Procedure to Be Used by Taxpayer for the Upgraded Fixed Assets

The taxpayer upgrading the fixed assets after putting in operation who increased the initial cost of the upgraded fixed assets may leave unchanged the period of useful life. In this case, amortisation norm specified at putting in operation for these fixed assets is not recalculated.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-04/1/03 of October 4, 2005 on the Exemption from the Input Value Added Tax in Cash Payments

When buying commodities for cash, the grounds for accepting for exemption of the paid amounts of the tax is the invoice and the cash slip handed out to the buyer with the VAT amount indicated as a separate line regardless of the fact of presence of the pay-in slip.

Federal Law No. 132-FZ of October 20, 2005 on the Amendments to Article 47 of the Federal Law on the Insurance of Deposits of Natural Persons in the Banks of the Russian Federation

Eliminates the restriction of 21 months within which the Bank of Russia must impose the prohibition for attraction in deposits of monetary resources of natural persons and opening bank accounts for natural persons by credit organisations having received a negative statement for the repeated request for participation in the deposit insurance system. This permits the banks having received a negative statement for their repeated request, but wishing to continue working with private deposits, to use within the last days of the 21-day period the provision of the law permitting to revoke such statement on the same terms (without restricting their right of work with depositors) as commercial banks having received negative statements much earlier.

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

Federal Law No. 131-FZ of October 20, 2005 on the Amendments to Chapter 28 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Specifies reporting periods for legal entity taxpayers and envisages a transfer of advance payments for the transportation tax.

Reporting periods for taxpayers out of organisations are the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter. When fixing the tax, legislative (representative) bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation may abstain from specifying the reporting periods.

Advance payments are calculated upon expiry of the reporting period in the amount of one forth of the product of the tax rate and appropriate taxable base.

In cases of registration of the transport vehicle and/or removal of the transport vehicle from registration during the reporting period, advance payment for the tax is calculated using a coefficient defined as a ratio of full months when the given transport vehicle has been registered with the taxpayer to the number of calendar days in the reporting period.

The Federal Law is entered into force from January 1, 2006, however, no sooner than one month after the day of its official publication.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1222 of October 19, 2005 on the Main Personal Identification Documents of the Citizens of the Russian Federation outside the Territory of the Russian Federation Containing Electronic Media

From January 1, 2006, introduces new generation passports outfitted with electronic media. Specimens of the blank passports and descriptions must be endorsed by the Government of the Russian Federation until November 1, 2005.

Issue of new passports will begin in the Kaliningrad Province, as well as representations of Russia abroad in Germany and Lithuania. Old passports after expiry will be replaced with the passports of the new type.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 623 of October 17, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Preliminary Registration of the Account (Deposit) Opened in the Bank outside the Territory of the Russian Federation

Preliminary registration of the account before its opening is carried out by the tax body at the place of registration of the resident. To register the account, the resident natural person must submit an application drawn up to provided form and a copy of the personal identification document. Independent entrepreneur must present in addition the certificate of state registration as an independent entrepreneur and the certificate of the codes of forms of the federal state statistical monitoring. Legal entity must present application, the document of its state registration and the certificate of the codes of forms of the federal state statistical monitoring.

Application for the preliminary registration of the account must be processed within 10 working days. When the mentioned time limits expires, the tax body must issue a registration document or present a motivated refusal of the preliminary registration. The Decision contains an exhaustive list of the reason of refusal of the preliminary registration. A file is created by the tax bodies for each received application for the preliminary registration of the account.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 619 of October 17, 2005 on the Improvement of the State Regulation of Prices for Medicines

Medicines sold to doctor (feldsher) prescription in the framework of the additional free medical aid to individual categories of citizens entitled for the state social aid in the form of a set of social services are subject to the state regulation of prices. Prices for the mentioned medicines have limiting trade mark-ups, with the limiting sale prices for the medicines of Russian and foreign producer organisations being registered in the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Public Health and Social Development.

The sum of trade mark-ups of all organisations of the wholesale trade of medicines and apothecary institutions selling the medicine on the territory of the subject of the Russian Federation must not be greater than the appropriate limiting trade mark-up.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1621-U of October 3, 2005 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 255-P of March 29, 2004 on the Obligatory Reserves of Credit Organisations

Changes the term "diversity credit organisation" for the term "major credit organisation with a wide network of divisions". Reserved obligations of the credit organisation include passive residues of Account 30232 "Unfinished Payments in Operations Using Bank Cards". Also amends the forms of the estimate of the amount of obligatory reserves that must deposited in the Bank of Russia and information on the residues of reserved obligations.

The Direction is entered into force from November 1, 2005 and applies beginning with the estimate of the amount of obligatory reserves for the reporting period from November 1 to December 1, 2005 with exceptions.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7106.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 320-e/1 of July 26, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure and Terms of Payment for the Services of Organisation of Functioning and Development of the Joint Power Supply System of Russia

The procedure is intended for use by the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia, RAO Joint Power Supply Systems of Russia and the subjects of wholesale market of electric power - consumers of electric power and power-supply organisations (except for the concern Rosenergoatom).

The payment applies to economically substantiated amount of user fee (procedure of determination provided) and calculated proceeding from the volume of the necessary gross receipts of the RAO Joint Power Supply Systems of Russia for the rendered services in organisation of functioning and development of the Joint Power Supply System of Russia.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7101.

Order of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation No. 569 of September 26, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of State Control in the Sphere of Protection of Sea Biological Resources

The state control in the sphere of protection of sea biological resources is vested in the divisions of the Federal Security Service of Russia, territorial security bodies, border guard bodies within their sphere of reference. The Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia is the major division of the Federal Security Service of Russia in charge of the state control in the sphere of protection of sea biological resources.

The state control implies a complex of control checks, analytic measures, administrative and other actions aimed at ensuring observation by the users of sea biological resources of the legislation in the sphere of conservation of sea biological resources, as well as requirements and terms of the permission for catching of aquatic biological resources, other documents granting the right of use of sea biological resources.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7100.

Order of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation No. 568 of September 26, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Implementation of Authority of State Inspectors of the Sea Guard Service

Defines the procedure of implementation of the authority of senior state inspectors, state inspectors and local inspectors of the sea guard service of the state sea inspections of the border guard departments of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the subjects of the Russian Federation when they solve the tasks of protection and safeguarding of economic and other legal interests of the Russian Federation. Officials of the inspector corps, when they fulfil their service duties, may, in particular, arrest violators of the legislation and withdraw, as a temporary measure, the means of catching, equipment, tools, units and other items, as well as the documents and all illegally obtained catch of aquatic biological resources.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7098.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 245 of September 29, 2005 on the Measures to Implement the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 363 of June 9, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Monitoring of Export and/or Import of Individual Types of Commodities

Endorses the form of the application to get the permission for export and/or import of individual types of commodities and the form of the permission for the export and/or import of individual types of commodities. The given documents are necessary to monitor the dynamics of export and import of individual commodities.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7097.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 251 of October 6, 2005 on the Measures to Implement the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 364 of June 9, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulations on the Licensing in the Sphere of Foreign Trade of Commodities and on the Building and Keeping of the Federal Bank of Issued Licenses

Endorses the form of the application for the license and the form of the license. Acceptance of applications for the licenses is vested in the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Russia to be arranged from November 1, 2005. For the earlier accepted applications, the drawing up and issue of the licenses must be finished before November 18, 2005. From November 21, 2005, the licenses will be issued according to the new form.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7096.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1625-U of October 7, 2005 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1363-U of December 25, 2003 on the Drawing up and Submission of Financial Reports by Credit Organisations

Beginning with January 1, 2005, credit organisations shall submit financial reports (consolidated and non-consolidated) for the reporting period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31 to the territorial institutions of the Bank of Russia in charge of enforcement of their activities until July 1 of the year following the reported one. Financial reports must be confirmed by an audit organisation.

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 October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7095.

Order of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Education and Science No. 1938 of September 30, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Figures of Activities and Criteria of State Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions

Provides the figures of activities of higher educational institutions and criteria of state accreditation used to take decisions on the state accreditation. The figures of state accreditation define accreditation status for the type "higher educational institution", as well as are used to determine the type of the higher educational institution (institute, academy, university).

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

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7092.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1617-U of September 28, 2005 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 236-P of August 4, 2003 on the Procedure of Granting Credits to Credit Organisations by the Bank of Russia Secured with the Pledging (Blocking) of Securities

The general credit contract shall includes the contract for the credits of the Bank of Russia secured with the pledging (blocking) of securities concluded between the Bank of Russia and the bank according to specified form - for transactions committed at the stock exchange.

Information on the market cost of securities is published in the representation of the Bank of Russia in the Internet.

The Direction changes the requirements to the blocked securities or those accepted as a pledge: the time limit for redemption must occur no sooner than 6 working days after the time limit of redemption of the credit of the Bank of Russia requested by the bank (necessary for the bank) (earlier, no sooner than 10 calendar days). Besides, the candidate borrower bank must not be the issuer of the mentioned securities.

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 October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7081.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1618-U of September 28, 2005 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1482-U of July 28, 2004 on the List of Securities Forming the Lombard List of the Bank of Russia

The Lombard List of the Bank of Russia shall include the bonds of international financial organisations issued in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation. The issuer of the mentioned securities must have a certain rating of long-term creditworthiness in obligations in foreign currencies, or execution of obligations of such issuers must be secured with state guarantees.

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

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7080.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1616-U of September 28, 2005 on the Invalidation of Individual Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia

Invalidates Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 96-I of December 28, 2000 on the special, type S accounts of non-residents with amendments. The Instruction regulated the procedure for operations carried out by non-residents on the special, type S accounts in the currency of the Russian Federation and the special, type S accounts for securities. At present, the mentioned procedure is regulated by the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 116-I of June 7, 2004 on the types of special accounts of residents and non-residents.

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 October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7079.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1614-U of September 19, 2005 on the Procedure of Handing out of Memorial and Investment Coins to Resident Credit Organisations by the Bank of Russia

The handing out of coins to resident credit organisations is vested in the divisions of the territorial institutions of the Bank of Russia providing cash services to credit organisations and the interregional depositaries of the Central Depositary of the Bank of Russia to their requests. The coins shall be handed out at selling prices including the nominal cost of coins, the cost of precious metals present in them, the cost of production of coins and overhead expenses of the delivery from the mints to the interregional depositaries. Within 3 days after getting the request, the territorial institution of the Bank of Russia shall sent to the credit organisation information on the coins used to formulate the order. After getting the order drawn up in a free form, the territorial institution of the Bank of Russia or the department of issue and cash operations shall hand over no later than within 10 working days to the credit organisation by fax the coins specification. The specification shall also be sent to the cash department or interregional depositary to be handed out to the credit organisation together with the coins.

The coins should be entered by credit organisations in accounting records at the purchase prices and may be reassessed.

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

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7078.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1615-U of September 20, 2005 on the Invalidation of Individual Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia

Invalidates the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1337-U of November 3, 2003 on the procedure for operations of purchase of coins of precious metals sold by the Bank of Russia being a legal means of cash payments on the territory of the Russian Federation carried out by credit organisations enjoying cash services in the divisions of the Moscow Territorial Directorate of the Bank of Russia. At present, there is a uniform procedure of issue of memorial and investment coins to resident credit organisations by the Bank of Russia endorsed by the Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1614-U of September 19, 2005.

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 October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7077.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 124n of September 23, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Land Tax and Its Filling Procedure

Endorses the form of the tax declaration for the land tax (KND Form 1153005) and its filling procedure. The declaration is submitted upon expiry of the tax period no later than February 1 of the year following the expired tax period. The declaration at the end of the tax period is submitted to the tax bodies where the taxpayers are registered at the place of location of the land plots.

The form of the tax declaration for the land tax endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Taxation of the Russian Federation No. BG-3-21/725 of December 29, 2003 shall not apply from February 1, 2006.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7076.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 117n of September 14, 2005 on the Procedure for Taking the Decision Recognising As Desperate for Collection and Writing off of Arrears and Debts in Penalties for the Federal Taxes and Fees Pertaining to the Moving of Commodities across the Customs Border of the Russian Federation

There three reasons for the customs bodies to take the decision recognising as desperate for collection and writing off the debts: liquidation of the organisation, bankruptcy of independent entrepreneur pertaining to the debt unredeemed because of insufficiency of the debtor property, as well as the death of the natural person or being assumed dead by the court. To check the reasons of such writing off, the customs body creates a commission of at least three persons.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 18, 2005. Reg. No. 7075.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 625 of October 18, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Spending of Subventions from the Regional Fund of Compensations Financed at the Expense of Subventions from the Federal Fund of Compensations

The subventions are granted to the local budgets to finance expenditure obligations of municipal formations when the bodies of local government are empowered by the federal laws and the laws of the subjects of the Russian Federation with individual state authority financed at the expense of subventions from the Federal Fund of Compensations.

The subventions are transferred to the local budgets to the accounts of territorial bodies of the Federal Treasury opened for cash services for the execution of the local budgets.

In cases of use of subventions for other than designated purposes, appropriate resources are collected to the budget of the Russian Federation for subsequent transfer to the federal budget.

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

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 120n of September 20, 2005 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 89n of July 11, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Territorial Bodies of the Federal Service of Financial and Budget Enforcement

Territorial bodies of the Federal Service of Financial and Budget Enforcement are empowered with the functions of currency control on the territory of one or several subjects of the Russian Federation. Earlier, the mentioned bodies were agents of currency control, which did not comply with the changes introduced by the Federal Law No. 90-FZ of July 18, 2005 to the legislation on currency regulation and currency control.

The mentioned function is implemented by checking observation by residents and non-residents of the acts of the currency legislation of the Russian Federation and the acts of the bodies of currency regulation, full and true records and reports on currency operations of residents and non-residents. Territorial bodies of the Federal Service of Financial and Budget Enforcement may request and obtain information, including the one pertaining to currency operations, opening and keeping of accounts.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7105.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 609 of September 29, 2005 on the Amendment to the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia No. 336 of December 23, 2004 on the Labour Remuneration for the Heads of the Federal State Institutions of Medical and Social Expert Evaluation - Chief Bureaus of Medical and Social Expert Evaluation - Chief Experts of Medical and Social Expert Evaluation

In view of the raising in pursuance of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 522 of August 18, 2005 from September 1, 2005 of tariff rates (salaries) of employees of the federal state institutions, appropriate changes are introduced in tariff rates (salaries) of the Uniform Tariff of Labour Remuneration for the heads of the federal state institutions of medical and social expert evaluation - chief bureaus of medical and social expert evaluation - chief experts of medical and social expert evaluation.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7099.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 629 of October 19, 2005 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the State Fire Enforcement Endorsed by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 820 of December 21, 2004

The state fire inspectors are empowered with the right of a temporary suspension, before the court ruling, of activities of branches, representations, structural divisions of a legal entity if it is necessary for the prevention of a direct fire hazard or danger to life and health of people, and if prevention of the mentioned circumstances otherwise is not possible.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 627 of October 19, 2005 on the State Regulation of Prices for the Services of Connection and Traffic Transfer Rendered by Operators Occupying a Major Position in a Public-Use Communication Network

From January 1, 2006, introduces the rules of state regulation of prices for the services of connection and traffic transfer rendered by operators occupying a major position in a public-use communication network. Lists the services rendered by such operators and the prices subject to the state regulation.

Until January 1, 2008, there will be a transient period within which the price for the services of the local, as well as the regional, call initiation intended to establish an intraregional, intercity or international telephone connection includes a compensation mark-up. The amount of the compensation mark-up is specified by the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia taking into account the amount of resources allocated by the communication operator to cover the difference between the incomes from the services of intraregional telephone communication, local telephone communication with regulated tariff rates and economically substantiated expenses for the rendering of such services, as well as taking into account the normative profit.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1707-r of October 17, 2005

Endorses the concept of the federal tied program "Improvement of Traffic Safety in the Years 2006-2012". The goal of the program is reduction of the death rate in highway accidents 1.5 times in 2012 as compared to 2004.

Implementation of the program is expected to occur within 7 years (2006-2012) in two stages.

Stage one (2006-2007) includes measures to create a system of information campaigns for the population to form a negative attitude to violations in highway traffic, develop a system of training of candidate drivers, implement pilot projects to replace traffic patrol stations with automatic control systems and use helicopters to speed up arrival to the places of accidents, as well as other measures.

The second stage is scheduled for the years 2008-2012.

The state coordinator of the program is the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, other state orderers - Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, Federal Agency of Public Health and Social Development, Federal Agency of Education and the Federal Highway Agency. The maximum (forecasted) volume of financing of the program from the federal budget makes Rbl 21,630 million.

Federal Law No. 133-FZ of October 24, 2005 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy)

Changes the procedure of endorsement of the bankruptcy commissioner in cases when execution of his duties requires access to information comprising the state secret.

The amendments define the procedure for obtaining information on the form of access to the state secret by the arbitration court necessary for the execution of the authority of the bankruptcy commissioner, as well as the procedure of interaction of the arbitration court, self-regulating organisations of bankruptcy commissioners and the federal body of executive power in charge of security.

The Law refines the grounds permitting the arbitration court to reject the candidate bankruptcy commissioner suggested by the self-regulating organisation, requirements to the debtor application and the list of documents attached to such application.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 633 of October 21, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Compensation to Unemployed Citizens of Material Expenses Pertaining to Employment or Study in Another Locality at the Proposal of the Employment Service

Unemployed citizens shall get compensation for the expenses of travel to the place of work or study and back, moving of property (up to 500 kg), leasing of dwelling space and settlement at the new place in the amount of actually suffered expenses, as well as the daily allowance in the amount of Rbl 100 for each day of travel.

The Decision lists the documents to be submitted to the employment centre to get the compensation.

The compensation will be paid out to the unemployed citizen within one month from the day of submission of the application with all necessary documents through organisations of the federal postal communication or credit organisations.

The Decision lists the cases when the citizens must return the resources paid out as a compensation in full amount.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 632 of October 21, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Method of Distribution of Subventions from the Federal Fund of Compensations in 2006 among the Subjects of the Russian Federation to Pay for the Housing and Communal Services for Individual Categories of Citizens, Social Support for the Persons Awarded with the Badges of the Honoured Donor of the USSR and the Honoured Donor of Russia and for the State Registration of the Acts of Civil Status

Provides the rules of determination of the amounts of subventions granted in 2006 from the Federal Fund of Compensations to the subjects of the Russian Federation for the benefits in payment for the housing and communal services to individual categories of citizens having become the victims of radiation exposure, veterans, invalids, honoured donors, as well as for the state registration of the acts of civil status.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation No. 267 of September 22, 2005 on the Forms and Time Limits for Submission of Reports of the Use of Subsidies for the Capital Repair of Hydrotechnical Structures Owned by the Subjects of the Russian Federation

The form of the report of the use of subsidies for the capital repair of hydrotechnical structures owned by the subjects of the Russian Federation is the one drawn up to the form provided in the Order.

The given report shall be submitted on the monthly basis by the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation to the Federal Agency of Water Resources.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 24, 2005. Reg. No. 7113.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 212 of September 23, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Determination of the Dominating Status of the Financial Organisation Managing Securities

The status of financial organisations being professional participants of the securities market and engaged in the management of securities is recognised to be dominating when the share at the federal market of securities is greater than 10% and at the regional, greater than 25%. The given provision also applies to the management organisations owned by the same group of persons.

The dominating status is not a violation of the antimonopoly legislation, but serves as grounds for a systematic monitoring of activities of the organisations by the antimonopoly body.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 21, 2005. Reg. No. 7111.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 388-e/l of August 23, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Method of Calculation of Tariff Rates for the Services of Gas Transportation over Arterial Pipelines

Defines the main methods and particulars of calculation of tariff rates for the services of gas transportation over arterial pipelines over the territory of the Russian Federation.

The given tariff rates shall apply in the payments for the services of gas transportation produced on the territory of the Russian Federation and do not apply to transportation over arterial pipelines of organisations owning gas-supply systems of the gas of own production of the mentioned organisations, as well as their affiliated entities.

Provides the procedure of submission of materials for examination in the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia to endorse (revise) the tariff rates.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7102.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 129-T of October 19, 2005 on the Inclusion of Securities in the Lombard List of the Bank of Russia

The Lombard List of the Bank of Russia shall include now the bonds of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development with the state registration number of issue 4-01-00001-L.

Order of the Central Bank of Russia No. OD-591 of October 18, 2005 on the Adjustment Coefficients of the Bank of Russia

When calculating the cost of the backing for the credits of the Bank of Russia, correction of the market cost of the bonds of the city loans of Moscow included in the Lombard List of the Bank of Russia will be made using the factor of 0.9.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 637 of October 24, 2005 on the State Regulation of Tariff Rates for the Services of Public Telecommunication and Public Postal Communication

Defines the goals, methods and procedure of state regulation of tariff rates for the services of public telecommunication (other than multiple communication services) and public postal communication at the internal market of the Russian Federation provided by communication operators being the subjects of natural monopolies and included in the Register of Subjects of Natural Monopolies. Lists the services of the public telecommunication and public postal communication where the state regulation of tariff rates at the internal market is vested in the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia.

Until January 1, 2008, adopted tariff rates for the intercity telephone connection for the users of fixed telephone communication shall include in economically substantiated expenses the payment of the compensation mark-up for the services of local and regional call initiation, the amount being specified by the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 30 of October 6, 2005 on Some Issues of the Practice of Application of the Federal Law "The Charter of the Railway Transport of the Russian Federation"

Explains individual issues of disputes on application of the Charter of the Railway Transport of the Russian Federation entered into force on May 19, 2003.

Conclusion of long-term contracts in cases of systematic cargo transportation is not obligatory. All disputes arising from such contracts may be processed in court only if the parties have agreed to it.

In disputes pertaining to collection from shippers of the fees for the failure to present cargo at the station of destination, one should take into account that these fees are not being a measure of proprietary liability. Therefore, the court may not apply the rules of liability, including the right of the court to reduce the amount of forfeit under Article 333 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation.

For the lawsuits arising from disputes pertaining to payments effected through the Technological Centre of Processing of Transportation Documents, the annual period of limitation begins with the event serving as grounds to file the lawsuit. Therefore, if the carrier used amounts transferred by the shipper (consignee) in advance to redeem the debt for the transportation with expired period of limitation, the shipper (consignee) claim to return such amount must be satisfied. Besides, the interest for the use of alien monetary resources may be collected by the shipper (consignee) from the carrier regardless of which of the lawsuits was filed: on the change of the record in the personal account in the Technological Centre of Processing of Transportation Documents or on collection of the appropriate amount from the carrier.

Since the Civil Code of the Russian Federation and the Charter do not envisage the procedure and time limits for the carrier claims pertaining to fulfilled cargo transportation, observation of the precision procedure by the carrier is necessary only if it is envisaged in the contract.

Letter of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 95 of October 13, 2005 on the Procedural Consequences of the Change of the Place of Location of the Debtor Legal Entity for the Cases of Insolvency (Bankruptcy)

When processing the cases of insolvency (bankruptcy), arbitration courts must proceed from the fact that such cases are processed by the arbitration court at the place of location of the debtor legal entity. Therefore, if the debtor has changed the place of location, it is necessary to find out if there was a ruling to accept the application to recognise the debtor bankrupt of the arbitration court at the previous place of location. If such ruling was adopted, the arbitration court at the new place of location of the debtor refuses to accept the application. If the arbitration court at the new place of location of the debtor learns about it after accepting the application to recognise the debtor bankrupt, the processing of the case must be aborted.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of the Russian Federation No. 265 of October 4, 2005 on the Organisation of Work in the Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of the Russian Federation to Endorse the Normatives of Technological Losses in the Transfer of Thermal Power

Defines the procedure of examination and endorsement of the normatives of technological losses of thermal power, heat-carrying agents (steam, condensate, delivery water) and losses of electric power when transferring thermal power in heat-supply networks.

To endorse the normatives, the organisation shall submit before June 1 of the year preceding the period of regulation application to the Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of Russia with substantiation materials. Substantiation materials must be registered on the obligatory basis in the logbook of documents on normatives. Each application gets a number indicating the time, day, month and year of reception, supplied with the stamp of the Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of Russia.

The procedure of endorsement of the normatives is arranged through examination of appropriate cases. Commission for the Endorsement of the Normatives is formed, and an authorised person is assigned from the employees of the Department of the Fuel and Power Supply Complex of the Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of Russia. Procedure of processing of cases and decision making is adopted.

The Order also endorses the procedure of calculation and substantiation of the normatives of technological losses in the transfer of thermal power.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 19, 2005. Reg. No. 7094.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 130-T of October 25, 2005

Territorial institutions of the Bank of Russia must revoke the orders prohibiting attraction in deposits of monetary resources of natural persons and opening of bank accounts to the banks having failed to undergo the whole procedure of admission to the deposit insurance system and the demand on submission of requests by the given banks to terminate the right of work with deposits.

This is stipulated by the entry into force of the Federal Law No. 132-FZ of October 20, 2005 on the amendment to Article 47 of the Federal Law on the insurance of deposits of natural persons in the banks of the Russian Federation. The Law abandons the duty of the Bank of Russia to impose the mentioned prohibitions 21 months after the day of entry into force of the Law on insurance of deposits. However, the prohibition to open deposits for natural persons preserves for the banks having failed to appeal against the negative statement of the Committee of Bank Enforcement, as well as the banks having received negative statements of the Chairman of the Bank of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 636 of October 24, 2005 on the Amendments to Some of the Legislative Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on Housing Subsidies to Citizens Leaving (Having Left) the Regions of the Far North and Similar Localities

The functions of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia in grating housing subsidies to citizens leaving (having left) the regions of the Far North and similar localities are redistributed between the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing and Communal Services and the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia. The duties of the state orderer for the main measures in implementation of the Federal Law on the housing subsidies leaving the regions of the Far North and similar localities are vested in the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing and Communal Services. Control of application of the Regulation on the registration of citizens entitled for the housing subsidies because of the resettlement from the regions of the Far North and similar localities of December 10, 2002 is also vested in the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing and Communal Services. The Ministry of Regional Development of Russia shall endorse distribution of certificates by the subjects of the Russian Federation. Blank forms of the housing certificates shall be issued by the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing and Communal Service.

The Decision extends the list of the documents submitted to draw up the housing certificates. It shall include: a copy of the personal account of the dwelling space occupied at the pace of registration; documents confirming kindred relations of the applicant and the persons indicated as parents, spouse, children; documents confirming acknowledgment by the family members of the applicant of other persons indicated by the applicant as such. Introduces a new form of the state housing certificate.

Credit organisations selected on the contest basis to implement the subprogram "State Housing Certificates" for the years 2004-2010 are permitted to participate in 2005 in financial servicing of the measures of implementation of the Federal Law on the housing subsidies for the citizens leaving the regions of the Far North and similar localities.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-6-03/877@ of October 19, 2005 on the Procedure of Collection of Indirect Taxes in Cases of Import of Commodities from the Territory of the Republic of Belarus

For the purposes of VAT payment at the import of commodities from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, the taxable base is determined as a sum of the cost of purchased commodities including the transportation and delivery expenses for the given commodities, as well as excise duties due for payment. In the determination of the cost of the purchased commodities (products of processing), the price of the transaction shall include, in particular, expenses of delivery of commodities, including the expenses of transportation, loading, unloading, reloading and forwarding. In this case it is of no importance if the transportation was made by the Russian importer independently or the services of transportation, loading, unloading, reloading and forwarding were rendered by outside organisations. A similar procedure of determination of the taxable base for the value added tax is applied also for the cases of services of transportation, loading, unloading, reloading, and forwarding rendered by Belorussian taxpayers.

Letter of the Department of Regulation of the State Financial Control, Audit Activities, Accounting Work and Reporting of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 07-05-06/269 of October 5, 2005

When commercial organisations generate reports of use of budget resources, it is necessary to be guided by the requirements of the budget legislation.

The chief administrator of the budget resources may specify the requirements to the composition and procedure of submission by the commercial organisation receiving budget resources of the figures confirming the expediency of spending of the mentioned monetary resources.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 647 of October 27, 2005 on the Reimbursement to Judges, Officials of the Law Enforcement and Control Bodies or Members of Their Families of the Damage Incurred through Destruction or Impairment of Their Property Pertaining to Service Activities

Reimbursement applies to the damage incurred through destruction or impairment of the property owned by the official or member of his family associated with service activities in full amount including the lost profit.

The damage shall be reimbursed by paying out monetary resources or - if the official or member of his family agrees to it - in kind. The mentioned persons must confirm the proprietary status and composition of the destroyed or damaged property.

If there are several reasons serving as grounds for the reimbursement, such reimbursement applies to only one of them at the choice of the person having owned the property.

To solve the issues pertaining to the reimbursement, the head of the state body creates a commission and takes measures to provide for its activities. The time limit and procedure of processing of issues pertaining to reimbursement of the damage by the commission shall be defined in the regulation on the commission.

The state body having reimbursed the damage shall take measures to collect appropriate monetary and/or other resources from the persons having been recognised culpable.

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 644 of October 27, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Distribution among the Users of Aquatic Biological Resources of Scientific Quotas, Quotas of Catching for the Purpose of Fishfarming, Reproduction and Acclimatisation of Aquatic Biological Resources and the Quotas of Catching for Educational and Cultural Enlightenment Purposes

The citizens and legal entities wishing to get the quotas shall submit according to the form specified by the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia a request to the Federal Fishing Agency to get the quotas for the catching for the purpose of fishfarming, reproduction and acclimatisation of aquatic biological resources, as well as for educational and cultural enlightenment purposes. The request is submitted before May 1 of the year preceding the year of catching, and for scientific quotas - before July 1 of the year preceding the catching.

The Decision lists the documents to be submitted to the Federal Fishing Agency together with the request. Submitted documents shall be processed by the Federal Fishing Agency within 2 months after which the applicant gets a statement of the possibility of allocation of the requested quotas.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1789-r of October 25, 2005

Approves the concept of the administrative reform in the Russian Federation in the years 2006-2008. Defines the goals and tasks of the reform expressed, in particular, in the need to introduce the standards of state services, improve transparency of activities of the bodies of executive power and other.

In 2006, it is planned to introduce a mechanism of pre-trial appealing against actions and decisions of the bodies of executive power and officials on the part of the citizens and organisations, working out typical programs of the administrative reform for the federal bodies of executive power (ministries, services, agencies) and the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation.

In 2007, it is planed to introduce in the framework of the administrative reform the practice of anticorruption expert evaluation of draft laws, other normative legal acts, implementation of the program of administrative reforms in the subjects of the Russian Federation.

In 2008, it is planned to introduce the main standards of state services and administrative regulations. Besides, it is planned to finish elimination of excessive functions of the federal and regional bodies of executive power.

The Order provides the figures of achieving the goals of the administrative reform, which include in particular, assessment by the citizens of the activities of the bodies of executive power in the rendering of state services, level of business costs of overcoming administrative barriers, place of the Russian Federation in international ratings of the figures of quality of state management.

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