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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 16.02.2006

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 89 of February 14, 2006 on the Measures of State Support of Educational Institutions Introducing Innovative Educational Programs

Envisages state support to be rendered in 2006 on a contest basis to institutions of higher professional education, institutions of general education of the subjects of the Russian Federation and municipal institutions of general education implementing a complex of measures to create and introduce new technologies of improved quality, methods and forms of study (innovative educational programs).

Endorses the rules of granting subsidies in 2006 to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation to introduce innovative educational programs in institutions of general education of the subjects of the Russian Federation and municipal institutions of general education.

The subsidies shall be granted to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation on the basis of the certificate of the amount of resources of the budget of the subject of the Russian Federation allocated for the introduction of innovative educational programs under the agreement of the Federal Agency of Education with the subject of the Russian Federation. The functions of control over the use of resources for designated purposes are vested in the Federal Agency of Education and the Federal Service of Financial and Budget Enforcement.

The working out of the procedure and criteria of contest selection of institutions of higher professional education introducing innovative educational programs is vested in the Ministry of Education and Science.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 86 of February 13, 2006 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting Subsidies in 2006 from the Federal Budget to the Budgets of the Subjects of the Russian Federation to Reimburse Part of Expenses to Pay the Interest under Credits Obtained by Citizens Engaged in Part-Time Framing in Russian Credit Organisations for up to 3 Years

According to the endorsed rules, the subsidies are allocated to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation to reimburse part of expenses to pay the interest: under credits obtained by borrowers in 2005 for the purchase of home-made agricultural raw materials for industrial processing, fuels and lubricants, spare parts and materials for repair of agricultural equipment, mineral fertilisers, means of protection of plants, fodders, veterinary preparations and other material resources for seasonal works, purchase of young animals and poultry, as well as to pay insurance contributions when insuring the crops; under investment credits obtained by borrowers in 2005.

The subsides are granted to borrowers from the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation on the monthly basis in the amount of 95% of the rate of refinancing (bank rate) of the Central Bank of Russia or in the amount of 95% of actual expenses to pay the interest if the interest rate under the attracted credit is lower than the rate of the Central Bank of Russia. The subsidy is not granted for the interest accrued and paid out for overdue debts.

The subsidies are provided by the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.

The body authorised by the body of executive power of the subject of the Russian Federation shall draw up a certificate of estimate on the monthly basis on the basis of applications of borrowers with attached list of documents specified in the rules and send it to the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. The subsidies are granted to the subjects of the Russian Federation on the basis of this certificate of estimate.

The authorised body shall submit to the territorial body of the Federal Treasury a payment order for each borrower to transfer the subsidy and a checked estimate of the amount of subsidy presented by the borrower.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-87/pz-n of December 22, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Carrying out of Auctions to Sell Credit Histories

Defines the rules of carrying out of auctions to sell credit histories in case of a reorganisation or liquidation of credit history bureaus.

Exclusive right for participation in such tenders rests with the bureaus included in the Register of Credit History Bureaus. When preparing the tenders, the trade organiser must send invitations to bureaus included in the Register.

To participate in the tenders, the candidate must submit a request to the trade organiser within specified time limits drawn up to the form endorsed by the trade organiser and the documents according to the list of documents envisaged in the invitation. Acceptance and registration of the request may be refused in case of submission of an incomplete set of documents, submission of the request upon expiry of the time limit of acceptance of requests or submission by the person not authorised by a candidate.

Proposals on the price of the object of tenders shall be submitted in sealed envelopes or declared in the course of the tenders. All credit histories of the liquidated (reorganised, excluded from the Register) bureau shall be put forward for tenders as a single lot.

An advance payment is envisaged for participation in the tenders.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on February 14, 2006. Reg. No. 7495.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-88/pz-n of December 22, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Carrying out a Contest for a Gratuitous Transfer of Credit Histories

An exclusive right for participation in the contest for a gratuitous transfer of credit histories available in the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories rests with the bureaus of credit histories included in the State Register of Credit History Bureaus.

Decision to carry out the contest shall be taken by the contest organiser - Federal Service for Financial Markets no later than one month after the day of transfer of credit histories for storage to the Central Catalogue.

All credit histories of the liquidated (reorganised, excluded from the Register) bureaus shall be put forward for the contest as a single lot.

The Order defines the rights and duties of the organiser of the contest, terms of participation in the contest, procedure of the contest itself and the drawing up of the results. Specifies an exhaustive list of reasons not permitting the candidates to participate in the contest.

To participate in the contest, the candidate shall submit a request to the contest organiser within the time limits specified in the invitations, proposals and documents according to the list available in the invitation. The candidate acquires the status of a participant of the contest from the moment of drawing up of the protocol by the organiser, acknowledging the candidates as participants.

The winner of the contest is recognised to be the participant whose proposal meets specified criteria as fully as possible according to the statement of the contest commission: participant exists for a greater number of years as compared to other participants; the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia and/or the Federal Service of Technical and Export Control of Russia did not apply measures of intervention to the participant within the most recent two years; participant possesses the greatest amount of net assets; participant provides best terms of services, including the best cost of services, the greatest number of concluded contracts with sources of credit histories.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on February 14, 2006. Reg. No. 7493.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1 of January 10, 2006 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation No. 308 of July 14, 2003

Specifies a new form 307/u-05 of the act of medical certification of drunken driving. The form describes in detail each action fulfilled during investigation, indicating applied methods, medical technologies and technical means.

Provides a new wording of the Instruction on the medical certification of the driver and filling of the registration form 307/u-05 envisaging methods of investigation of other sources of impairment (not only alcohol).

The agent (substance) having caused the impairment, other than alcohol, is determined through a chemical intoxication investigation. When rendering emergency medical aid to persons having become victims of highway accidents and finding themselves in a heavy condition, the statement of impairment is prepared on obligatory basis on the basis of a chemical intoxication investigation of the biological object (blood or urine) if narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or other impairing substances are found, regardless of their concentration.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on February 14, 2006. Reg. No. 7492.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-91/pz-n of December 22, 2005 on the Amendments to the Procedure of Checking of Organisations Where Control and Enforcement is Vested in the Federal Service for Financial Markets

The list of entities subject to the procedure of checking of organisations where control and enforcement is vested in the Federal Service for Financial Markets shall include credit history bureaus and housing savings cooperative.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on February 14, 2006. Reg. No. 7490.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 22 of February 2, 2006 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Purchase of Excise Duty Stamps for Labelling Alcoholic Products and Control of Their Use

Excise duty stamps for labelling alcoholic products shall be purchased by organisations importing alcoholic products in the customs bodies of the Russian Federation authorised to provide excise duty stamps to organisations. The stamps shall be purchased at the place of the state registration of organisations on condition of pre-payment and acceptance by the authorised customs bodies of reports of use of the earlier issued excise duty stamps.

To purchase excise duty stamps, the organisation, no later than sixty days in advance of the month of expected receiving of stamps, must submit to the authorised customs body the list of documents mentioned in the rules. When receiving the stamps, a written obligation is presented to use the purchased stamps according to their destination, as well as the certificate of the customs body of the absence with the organisation of the debts in customs payments. The organisation having received excise duty stamps must ensure their safety in transportation, storage and use (including third parties).

To ensure control of observation of the procedure of labelling with excise duty stamps, the place of delivery of the labelled alcoholic products shall be the customs body authorised to carry out customs operations pertaining to alcoholic products.

Customs bodies shall check compliance of information on alcoholic products entered in excise duty stamps with information entered in the Joint State Automatic Information System and declared during customs registration of the labelled alcoholic products. If information on imported labelled alcoholic products is not available in the Joint State Automatic Information System, release of labelled alcoholic products to the custom territory of the Russian Federation is not permitted. This procedure shall apply from July 1, 2006.

Customs bodies are ordered not to permit to import alcoholic products with the content of ethyl alcohol greater than 9% without labelling with excise duty stamps according to established procedure. Individual cases permitting to import alcoholic products without labelling with excise duty stamps are described. This is permitted, in particular, for the import of these products by diplomatic, consular and other official representations of foreign states, as well as natural persons for personal needs within specified quotas.

The Order invalidates the Order of the State Customs Committee of Russia No. 1230 of December 28, 2000 on the labelling of individual excisable goods with excise duty stamps pertaining to the labelling with excise duty stamps of alcoholic products.

The Order shall enter into force 10 days after its official publication, except for individual provisions to be entered into force from July 1, 2006.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on February 14, 2006. Reg. No. 7485.

Order of the State Messenger Service of the Russian Federation No. 438 of December 29, 2005 on the Additional Paid Leave for the Length of Service Provided to Some Categories of Employees of the Federal Messenger Service

From January 1, 2006, employees occupying positions other than those included in the state positions and providing technical support of the work of the bodies of the Federal Messenger Service, other employees and workers of the divisions of the central office of the State Messenger Service of Russia, territorial bodies of the State Messenger Service of Russia and subordinate organisations of the State Messenger Service of Russia shall get an additional paid leave for the length of service. The length of the mentioned leave shall make: 3 calendar days for the length of service of 5 to 10 years; 5 calendar days with the length of service of 10 to 15 years; 7 calendar days for the length of service of 15 to 20 years and 10 calendar days for the length of service greater than 20 years.

The Order defines the procedure of calculation and payment for the additional leave.

The length of service shall include the length of work (service) in the bodies of the Federal Messenger Service.

Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on February 8, 2006. Reg. No. 7483.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/2-3 of February 1, 2006

The bank's duty to report the opening or closing of the account of an organisation, independent entrepreneur to the tax body at the place of their registration introduced in Item 1 of Article 86 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation does not apply to the opening or closing of unallocated bullion accounts - intended for precious metals without personal signs and for operations of their attraction and placing.

For the purposes of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, the accounts are implied to be payment (current) accounts and other accounts in the banks opened on the basis of the bank account contract and used to enter or spend monetary resources. The object of the bank account contract is monetary resources. The object of the unallocated bullion account is precious metals.

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