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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 28.04.2007

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 191 of March 29, 2007 on the Amendment to Item 1 of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 554 of September 7, 2005

According to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 554 of September 7, 2005 on the limiting levels of insurance tariff rates for the insurance of liabilities of the specialised depositary and management companies, their structure and rules of application by insurers in the determination of the amount of the insurance premium under the contract of insurance of liabilities, the amount of the insurance premium is determined proceeding from the insured amount, amount of insurance tariff rate and the insured period.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 182 of March 27, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Index of Growth of the Average Monthly Earnings in the Russian Federation for the Year 2006 and the Index of Growth of Incomes of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation Per Pensioner Earmarked to Pay out the Insured Part of the Labour Pensions for the Year 2006

According the Federal Law on labour pensions in the Russian Federation, an additional reason for the indexing of the insured part of the labour pension is an excess of the annual index of growth of the average monthly earnings in the country over the total coefficient of indexing of the insured part of the pension in the same year (the indexing applies from April 1 of the following year). The additional increase of the amount of the insured part of the labour pension (taking into account the earlier indexing of the mentioned part of the labour pension) may not be greater than the index of growth of incomes of the Pension Fund of Russia per pensioner allocated for the paying out of the insured part of the labour pension.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 172 of March 21, 2007 on the Federal Targeted Program "Children of Russia" for the Years 2007-2010

To create conditions to improve the quality of life and health of children, endorses the federal targeted program "Children of Russia" for the years 2007-2010 including subprograms "Healthy Generation", "Gifted Children", "Children and the Family".

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 376-r of March 29, 2007

Endorses a new list of vital and most important medicines. The previous list endorsed by the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2343 of December 29, 2005 is invalidated.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 195 of March 31, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting Subsidies from the Federal Budget to the Budgets of the Subjects of the Russian Federation to Reimburse Part of the Cost of Investment Projects to Provide Communal Infrastructure for the Land Plots in the Course of Low-Storey Housing Construction for Citizens Recognised before March 1, 2005 As Needing Improvement of Housing Conditions

Specifies the procedure and terms of granting subsidies from the federal budget to the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation and the bodies of local government being participants of the subprogram "Providing Communal Infrastructure for the Land Plots for the Purposes of Housing Construction" of the federal targeted program "Housing" for the years 2002-2010.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 109 of February 19, 2007 on the Amendments to the Procedure of Sale of Medicines Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 785 of December 14, 2005

Adjusts general requirements to the sale of medicines by apothecary institutions.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on March 30, 2007. Reg. No. 9198.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1792-U of February 20, 2007 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 225-P of May 6, 2003 on the Guide of Bank Identification Codes of Participants of Payments Making Payments through the Payment Network of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)

In view of the changing of the organisational structure of the Bank of Russia, introduces appropriate corrections to the procedure of generation of the Guide of the Bank Identification Codes of participants of payments making payments through the payment network of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
      The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on March 30, 2007. Reg. No. 9197.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 15n of February 12, 2007 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 29n of March 3, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Water Tax and Its Filling Procedure

The form and the filling procedure of the tax declaration for the water tax are being brought in compliance with the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.
      The Order is entered into force beginning with the tax declaration for the water tax for the I quarter of 2007.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on March 30, 2007. Reg. No. 9196.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1806-U of March 26, 2007 on the Invalidation of the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 205-P of December 5, 2002 on the Rules of Accounting Work in Credit Organisations Located on the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Directions of the Bank of Russia on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 205-P of December 5, 2002 on the Rules of Accounting Work in Credit Organisations Located on the Territory of the Russian Federation No. 1294-U of June 20, 2003, No. 1340-U of November 5, 2003, No. 1382-U of February 2, 2004, No. 1399-U of March 24, 2004, No. 1437-U of June 7, 2004, No. 1447-U of June 11, 2004, No. 1455-U of June 25, 2004, No. 1484-U of August 9, 2004, No. 1518-U of November 19, 2004, No. 1531-U of December 17, 2004, No. 1571-U of April 11, 2005, No. 1757-U of December 11, 2006

In pursuance of the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 302-P of March 26, 2007, introduces new rules of accounting work in credit organisations located on the territory of the Russian Federation.
      The Direction is entered into force from January 1, 2008 except for the above provisions of the earlier endorsed rules loosing force from September 1, 2008.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on March 30, 2007. Reg. No. 9194.

Regulation of the Central Bank of Russia No. 302-P of March 26, 2007 on the Rules of Accounting Work in Credit Organisations Located on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Introduces new rules of accounting work in credit organisations located on the territory of the Russian Federation to be entered into force from January 1, 2008.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on March 29, 2007. Reg. No. 9176.

Federal Law No. 40-FZ of March 29, 2007 on the Dissolution of Some of the Regional Courts of the Ryazan Province

Dissolves the Yermishinsky, Pitelinsky, Putyatinsky and the Chuchkovsky regional courts of the Ryazan Province while handing over their jurisdiction to the Kadomsky, Sasovsky, Shatsky and the Shilovsky regional courts of the Ryazan Province respectively. The need for the reform is stipulated by insufficient number of federal judges in the above courts.

Federal Law No. 39-FZ of March 29, 2007 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

The improve the discipline of military drivers as participants of highway traffic, extends the authority of officials of the military highway traffic inspection.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 197 of March 31, 2007 on the Amendments to Some of the Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Functioning of the Joint State Automatic Information System of Registration of the Volume of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products

Individual amendments are introduced since the function of the state ordering party in charge of development and modernisation of the software of the Joint State Automatic Information System is vested in the Federal Tax Service of Russia.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-07-02/9 of March 20, 2007 "Reply to the Request of the Federal Tax Service of Russia on the Issue of Payment of the Uniform Social Tax"

Explains individual issues pertaining to taxation with the uniform social tax of individual amounts of payments and compensations.

Decision of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 13377/06 of February 20, 2007

The Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation recognised that the amount of replacement expenses for the purpose of paying out of the insurance reimbursement under the obligatory insurance of civil liabilities of owners of transport vehicles must be determined less depreciation of vehicle parts.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1813-U of March 30, 2007

From April 1, 2007, the fixed interest rate for the deposit operations of the Bank of Russia carried out with credit organisations in the currency of the Russian Federation using the Reuters Dealing System and the system of electronic tenders of the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange on standard terms "tom next", "spot next", "on demand" amounts to 2.5% annual, and on standard terms "one week", "spot week" - 3.0% annual.

Information Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 11 of March 26, 2007 "Summary of the Practice of Application of the Federal Law on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism and the Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia Adopted in Pursuance of It

An operation of entry of money on the account (deposit) or writing off from the account (deposit) of a legal entity whose period of activities is not greater than three months from the day of its registration is subject to obligatory control if the amount of it is equal to or greater than Rbl 600,000 or foreign currency equivalent. The first day of the mentioned three-months period is the day of the entry of the record of the state registration of the legal entity in the state register by the body in charge of registration.

Letter of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 07-OB-03/5724 of March 22, 2007 on the Payment for Stocks with Foreign Currencies

From January 1, 2007, abandons the rule requiring to make monetary payments between residents and non-residents in operations with internal securities in the currency of the Russian Federation if otherwise is not specified by the Central Bank of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 14n of February 9, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Strict-Reporting Form

Endorses the form of the slip of payment for the services of gasification and gas supplies. The form is intended for cash payments and/or payments using pay cards for the services rendered to the population. The mentioned strict-reporting form is equal to the cash slip, therefore cash registers are not necessary.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 2, 2007. Reg. No. 9203.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 47 of March 9, 2007 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 5 of January 12, 2004

Pursuant to the renaming of the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice of Russia, as well as the forming of the new structural division within it - Department of the Draft Legislation and Registration of Agency Normative Acts - introduces appropriate amendments to the explanations on the application of the Regulation on the procedure of keeping of the Federal Register of Normative Legal Acts of the Subjects of the Russian Federation (endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Justice of Russia No. 5 of January 12, 2004).
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on March 30, 2007. Reg. No. 9202.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 32-T of March 27, 2007 on the Recommendations on the Organisation of Interaction of Territorial Institutions of the Bank of Russia and Credit Organisations (Branches) with Automatic System "Central Catalogue of Credit Histories"

According the Federal Law on credit histories, the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories is a division of the Bank of Russia keeping the database created to find credit history bureaus storing credit histories of subjects of credit histories. The credit history subject (credit history user) may get information on the credit history bureaus applying with a request in writing to any credit organisation (parent office, branch or additional office of the credit organisation).

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 5-P of April 5, 2007 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Items 2 and 14 of Article 15 of the Federal Law on the Status of Servicemen and Item 8 of the Rules of Issue and Redemption of the State Housing Certificates in the Framework of Implementation of Subprogram "State Housing Certificates" for the Years 2004-2010 Forming Part of the Federal Targeted Program "Housing" for the Years 2002-2010 Pursuant to the Appeals of a Number of Citizens

The Constitutional Court recognised as not complying with the Constitution of the Russian Federation the provisions of the Federal Law on the status of servicemen pertaining to housing support for citizens having fulfilled the duties of military service under the contract, having registered as needing improvement of housing conditions before January 1, 2005 in the municipal formations and dismissed from the military service until January 1, 2005.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 201 of April 6, 2007 on the Paying out in 2007 to Individual Categories of Citizens of the Russian Federation of the Preliminary Compensation (Compensation) for the Deposits in the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation

Endorses the rules of paying out in 2007 to individual categories of citizens of the Russian Federation of the preliminary compensation (compensation) for the deposits in the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation defining the procedure of paying out of the preliminary compensation for the deposits as of June 20, 1991.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 17 of March 12, 2007 on the Application of the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation When Reviewing because of the Newly Revealed Circumstances the Court Rulings Having Entered into Force

The newly revealed circumstances permit to review the rulings of the first instance arbitration court, decisions of the arbitration courts of the appellate and cassation instances, as well as the decisions of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court after their entry in legal force. If the arbitration court of the appellate or cassation instance or the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation left unchanged the challenged court ruling or left in force one of the court rulings adopted earlier in the case, the revision because of the newly revealed circumstances of the challenged court ruling left unchanged or left in force rests with the court having adopted this decision.

Order of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation No. 70 of February 15, 2007 on the Increase of Salaries for the Occupied Position for the Civilian Personnel of Individual Bodies of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

According to the actual legislation on the state civil service in the Russian Federation, amounts of salaries of monetary subsistence for the positions of the federal state civil service are subject to the annual indexing taking into account the level of inflation.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 5, 2007. Reg. No. 9237.

Order of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation No. 71 of February 21, 2007 on the Organisation in the Bodies of the Federal Security Service of Work to Draw up and Issue Certificates for the Right of Benefits, the Specimens Being Endorsed before January 1, 1992

According to the actual legislation, the grounds for the measures of social support for the veterans of various categories is the certificate of the right for benefits.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 5, 2007. Reg. No. 9237.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 7n/07-10/pz-n of February 1, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Assessment of the Cost of Net Assets of Insurance Organisations Created in the Form of Joint-Stock Companies

Introduces a new procedure of assessment of the cost of net assets of insurance organisations created in the form of joint-stock companies. The cost of net assets is implied to be the value determined by subtracting the amount of liabilities included in the estimate from the amount of assets of the joint-stock company included in the estimate. In other words, the subject matter is the real cost of the property available with the company which is determined annually less debts. Assessment of the cost of net assets is carried out to determine the liquidity of the insurance organisation.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 5, 2007. Reg. No. 9235.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 16n of February 19, 2007 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 66n of May 19, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Estimate for the Advance Payments for the Land Tax and Its Filling Recommendations

Corrects the form of the tax estimate for the advance payments for the land tax, as well as its filling recommendations.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 4, 2007. Reg. No. 9228.

Letter of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 02-13/07-1985 of March 14, 2007

As to the inclusion of bonuses in the determination of the average earnings for the calculation of the temporary disability allowance in January 2006, explains that in the mentioned case, the average earnings include all types of payments envisaged in the labour remuneration system including bonuses and awards accrued in the estimate period.

Federal Law No. 46-FZ of April 9, 2007 on the Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

The terminology of Articles 11, 252 and 253 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation is being brought in compliance with the terminology used in the UN Convention on the law of the sea of 1982 and the Federal Laws on the internal sea waters, territorial sea and the adjacent zone of the Russian Federation, on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation and on the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 45-FZ of April 9, 2007 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

The amendments enhance administrative responsibility for the violations of the antimonopoly legislation.
      The Federal Law is entered into force 30 days after the day of its official publication.

Federal Law No. 44-FZ of April 9, 2007 on the Amendments to Articles 10.6 and 10.8 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

The amendments increase amounts of administrative fines for the violation of the rules of animal quarantine or veterinary-and-sanitary rules of transportation or slaughter of animals or the rules of processing, storage or sale of products of animal breeding, as well as other veterinary-and-sanitary rules.

Federal Law No. 42-FZ of April 9, 2007 on the Amendments to Articles 146 and 180 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

The amendments increase the maximum punishment for the crimes (violation of the copyright and adjacent rights) envisaged in Articles 146 and 180 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation from 5 to 6 years of imprisonment. Besides, the maximum amount of fine for the illegal use of the trade mark is increased from Rbl 300,000 to Rbl 500,000.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 203 of April 6, 2007 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 250 of April 28, 2006

Amends the rules of granting subsidies from the federal budget to the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation for the measures of improvement of housing conditions of citizens living in rural arrears endorsed by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 250 of April 28, 2006.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 36-T of April 3, 2007 on the Rouble Equivalents of the Figures Used in the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1755-U of December 11, 2006

In the II quarter of 2007, the rouble equivalent of the minimum amount of the registered capital of the newly registered bank must make Rbl 173.322 million, newly registered non-bank credit organisation - Rbl 17.3322 million.
      The rouble equivalent of the minimum amount of own resources (capital) of the bank (including the one requesting the general license), as well as a non-bank credit organisation requesting the status of a bank must make Rbl 173.322 million.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 8 of March 6, 2007 on the Enhancing of Enforcement of Production and Circulation of Nutrient Additives

There are about 6,000 nutrient additives in circulation on the territory of the Russian Federation at present forming a source of nutrients and biologically active components, vitamins and micronutrients.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 9, 2007. Reg. No. 9267.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-3-06/106@ of March 6, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used by Tax Bodies in the Course of Implementation of Their Authority in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees

Endorses the forms of the following documents used by the tax bodies in the course of implementation of the tax control: decision on suspension of the on-site tax check, decision on the renewal of the on-site tax check, act of failure to provide access to officials of the tax body carrying out the check to the territory or rooms of the checked entity, decision of the prolongation or refusal to prolong the deadline for submission of documents, decision of postponement of the processing of materials of the tax check because of the absence of persons necessary for their processing.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 5, 2007. Reg. No. 9259.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 430 of April 4, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Register of Banks and Other Credit Organisations

Endorses a new register of banks and other credit organisations whose bank guarantees are accepted as a security for the customs payments collected by the tax bodies, as well as observation of the requirements of the customs legislation of the Russian Federation.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 43-T of April 5, 2007 on the Registration of Subsidies and Resources Provided in 2007 from the Budget of the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance to the Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Public Health Institutions for Additional Medical Examinations of Citizens and Initial Medical and Sanitary Aid

The subsidies provided in 2007 from the budget of the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance to the territorial funds of obligatory medical insurance for additional medical examinations of citizens and initial medical and sanitary aid are registered on separate accounts with the sign "01" in the 15th and 16th digits of the number of the account opened in 2006 on the balance accounts 40403 and 40404 respectively.

Federal Law No. 41-FZ of April 9, 2007 on the Execution of the Federal Budget for the Year 2005

Endorses the report of execution of the federal budget for the year 2005 with incomes amounting to Rbl 5,127,228,933.9 thousand and expenses amounting to Rbl 3,514,347,654.1 thousand, the surplus of incomes over expenses being Rbl 1,612,881,279.8 thousand.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 217 of April 10, 2007 on the Measures to Protect Russian Producers of Mechanical Engineering Fixtures

Introduces for 5 years an antidumping duty for mechanical engineering fixtures (bolts and nuts) made by cold or hot deformation (nuts with nominal thread diameters from 20 to 30 mm inclusive) with subsequent threading in cold condition originating in the Ukraine and classified under the codes of the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of Russia 7318 15 810 0, 7318 16 100 0, 7318 16 910 9, 7318 16 990 0 in the amount of 21.8% of the customs cost.
      The Decision is entered into force one month after the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 215 of April 10, 2007 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation and the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 795 of December 23, 2006 for Timber - Coniferous and Non-Coniferous of Birch-Tree and Asp

Reduces to zero the export customs duties for timber of birch-tree and asp cut lengthwise (code of the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of Russia 4407 99 980 1), as well as for coniferous timber with shaping on any edge, whether or not planed or sanded, with or without end joints (code according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of Russia 4409 10 180 0), exported outside the member-states of the Customs Union agreements.
      The Decision is entered into force 2 months after the day of its official publication.

Federal Law No. 49-FZ of April 12, 2007 on the Amendments to Article 6 of the Federal Law on the Audit Chamber of the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of nomination of auditors of the Audit Chamber assigned to their position by the Council of the Federation and the State Duma. The chambers of the Federal Assembly shall assign the auditors at the presentation of the President of the Russian Federation. If the candidate is rejected, the President may nominate him anew or choose another one.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication.

Federal Law No. 48-FZ of April 12, 2007 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pertaining to the Requirements to the Monetary Figures

Amends the Federal Laws on the status of the member of the Council of the Federation and the status of the deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, on the state civil service of the Russian Federation envisaging that the monetary figures are indicated by the member of the Council of the Federation, deputy of the State Duma in compliance with the requirements specified in the legislation of the Russian Federation, regulations on the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the state servants being obliged to indicate the monetary figures in compliance with the requirements specified in the federal laws, decrees of the President of the Russian Federation.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from July 1, 2007.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 205 of April 7, 2007 on the Amendments to Some of the Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Determination of the Volumes of Sale of Electric Power at Free (Non-Regulated) Prices

The amendments to the Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 529 of August 31, 2006, No. 643 of October 24, 2003, No. 109 of February 26, 2004 define clearly the shares of electric power to be supplied from January 1, 2007 at regulated prices (tariff rates) at the wholesale market. From January 1, 2011, electric power will be supplied at free (non-regulated prices) in full amount.
      The Decision is entered into force from the date of official publication.

Letter of the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing-and-Communal Sector No. SK-1394/02 of April 9, 2007 on the Prices for Design and Survey Works in Construction for the II Quarter of 2007

In the II quarter of 2007, the recommended index of change of the cost of design works to the level of basic prices as of January 1, 2001 is equal to 2.23 and to 17.21 to the level of basic prices as of January 1, 1995 (in the previous quarter, 2.19 and 16, 92 respectively).

Letter of the Federal Agency for Construction and the Housing-and-Communal Sector No. SK-1395/02 of April 9, 2007 on the Indices of Change of the Estimated Cost for the II Quarter of 2007

Defines the indices of change of the estimated cost of construction and installation works on the whole and by items of expenses for the II quarter of 2007 for the subjects of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 226 of April 14, 2007 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Motor Gasolines

Reduces for 9 months from 5% to 10% of the customs cost the rates of the import customs duties for individual aviation gasolines.
      The Decision is entered into force one month after the day of its official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 225 of April 14, 2007 on the Interim Rate of the Import Customs Duty for Adhesive Paper and Paperboard

Reduces from 15% to 5% of the customs cost the rate of the import customs duty for adhesive paper and paperboard (code according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature 4811 41 900 0). The rate is introduced for 9 months.
      The Decision is entered into force one month after the day of its official publication.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 26n of March 26, 2007 on the Amendments to the Normative Legal Acts on Accounting Work

The amendments introduced in the Regulation on accounting work and accounting reports exclude from the list of methods of assessment of reserves used to determine the actual net cost of material reserves written off into production the LIFO method (the net cost of the last purchased).
      The Order is entered into force from January 1, 2008.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 12, 2007. Reg. No. 9285.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 100 of March 23, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Issue of the Permission for the Re-Export of Commodities Originating on the Territory of the Russian Federation for Other Member-States of the Eurasia Economic Community, the Form of the Permission for the Re-Export of Commodities, As Well As the Form of the Application for the Re-Export of Commodities and Its Filling Rules

Defines the rules of issue of permissions for the re-export of commodities originating on the territory of the Russian Federation included in the list of commodities requiring a re-export permission.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 12, 2007. Reg. No. 9282.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 07-23/pz-n of March 13, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Assigning of the State Registration Numbers to Issues (Additional Issues) of Emission Securities

Endorses a new procedure of assigning of numbers to the issues (additional issues) of emission securities subject to the state registration regardless of the type of issuer, including the issues (additional issues) of securities of credit and insurance organisations, issues (additional issues) of foreign issuers, including the international financial organisations.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 11, 2007. Reg. No. 9277.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 07-25/pz-n of March 15, 2007 on the Endorsement of the List of Securities of International Financial Organisations That May Form Part of the Pension Reserves of a Non-State Pension Fund

The mentioned securities shall include the bonds of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 11, 2007. Reg. No. 9276.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 56 of February 26, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Nomenclature of Commodities Defining the Classes of Commodities (for the Purpose of Determination of the Types of Retail Trade Market-Places)

Proceeding from the endorsed nomenclature, the retail trade market-place may be qualified as a multi-purpose one (if less than 80% of the vendor positions at such market-place from their total number is intended for commodities of one class) and a specialised one (if the mentioned number of vendor positions is greater than 80%).
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 11, 2007. Reg. No. 9275.

Federal Law No. 51-FZ of April 12, 2007 on the Amendments to Article 7 of the Federal Law on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism

The amendments provide for a uniform approach to the normative and legal regulation of activities of organisations carrying out operations with monetary resources or another property, as well as protection of rights and legal interests of their clients.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. SK-6-11/318@ of April 17, 2007 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for March 2007

From January 1, 2007, the tax rate for extraction of mineral resources making Rbl 419 per ton of extracted oil - dry, desalted and stabilised - is multiplied by the coefficient characterising the dynamics of the world prices for oil and by the coefficient characterising the degree of development of the particular deposit of subsoil resources.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service and the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation No. GV-8-10/173@/07-1142 of March 12, 2007 on the Amendments to the Letter of the Ministry of Taxation of Russia and the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation No. FS-8-10/1199/04-5198 of September 10, 2001 on the New Blank Forms of Payment Documents for Natural Person Taxpayers to Transfer Taxes (Fees), Penalties and Fines to the Budget System of the Russian Federation: Form PD (Tax) and Form PD-4sb (Tax) (with Amendments Introduced by the Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia and the Savings Bank of Russia No. MM-6-10/143/07-125 of February 18, 2005)

From April 1, 2007, introduces new blank forms of payment documents to be used by natural persons in payments with the budgets of all levels of the budget system of the Russian Federation to transfer taxes (fees), penalties and fines through separate structural divisions of the Savings Bank of Russia.
      The mentioned amendments are entered into force from April 1, 2007.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1816-U of April 10, 2007 on the Adjustment of Individual Acts of the Bank of Russia

Invalidates the procedure of submission to the Bank of Russia of the report of available unsatisfied claims of individual creditors in monetary obligations and the failure to execute the duty to pay obligatory payments because of absence or insufficiency of monetary resources on correspondent accounts of the credit organisation (endorsed by the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 620-U of August 4, 1999).
      The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.

Order of the Central Bank of Russia No. OD-275 of April 12, 2007 on the Correction Coefficients of the Bank of Russia

Applies correction coefficient 0.8 for the bonds of the Republic of Bashkortostan with the state registration number of issue RU25005BAS0 and the bonds of the Republic of Komi of the years 2004 and 2005 with the state registration numbers of issues RU35007OM0 and RU35008OM0.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 49-T of April 12, 2007 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 Moscow province internal loans of 2006, the bonds of Gazprom, Lukoil, Gazprombank, bank Moscow Mortgage Agency, SIBUR Holding, Federal Network Company of the Joint Power Supply System and the bank Delta Credit.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 234 of April 14, 2007 on the Invalidation of Some of the Acts of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR, the Government of the Russian Federation and on Invalidation on the Territory of the Russian Federation of Some of the Acts of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR and the Council of Ministers of the USSR on Communication Issues

To further improve the legislation on communication, invalidates some of the acts of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR and the Government of the Russian Federation, as well as invalidates on the territory of the Russian Federation the acts of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR and the Council of Ministers of the USSR on communication issues.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/2-69 of April 13, 2007

The Ministry of Finance supports the position whereby the beginning of the cameral tax check is associated with the presence of two simultaneous conditions, namely, submission by the taxpayer of the tax declaration (estimate) and submission of the necessary documents attached to the declaration in cases envisaged in the Tax Code. Calculation of the time limit of the cameral tax check begins with the day when the tax declaration (estimate) and the last of the mentioned documents are submitted to the tax body.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. 04-2-03/7 of February 1, 2007 on the Taxation of Incomes Obtained from Sale of Stocks

The legislation envisages a three-year period of possession of securities as a prerequisite enough for the incomes from sale of such stocks obtained in 2002-2006 to be exempted from the incomes tax from natural persons through the granted proprietary tax exemption in the full amount of incomes obtained from the sale of such stocks.

Federal Law No. 62-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Amendment to Article 29 of the Federal Law on the Main Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in the Referendum of Citizens of the Russian Federation

The chairman of the election commission of the subject of the Russian Federation must have a higher professional education (earlier, a higher legal education or a scientific degree in law).

Federal Law No. 61-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Ratification of the Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Amendments to the Treaty between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Leasing of Objects and Combat Fields of the 929th State Flight Testing Centre of the Russian Federation Located on the Territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan of October 18, 1996

Ratifies the Protocol signed in Moscow on November 25, 2005.

Federal Law No. 60-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Ratification of the Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Amendments to the Treaty between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Leasing of the Testing Grounds of Sary-Shagan of October 18, 1996

Ratifies the Protocol singed in Moscow on November 25, 2005.

Federal Law No. 59-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Ratification of the Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Amendments to the Treaty between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Leasing of the Testing Grounds of Emba of October 18, 1996

Ratifies the Protocol signed in Moscow on November 25, 2005.

Federal Law No. 58-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Ratification of the Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Amendments to the Treaty between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Leasing of Objects and Combat Fields of the 4th State Central Testing Grounds of the Russian Federation Located on the Territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan of October 18, 1996

Ratifies the Protocol signed in Moscow on November 25, 2005.

Federal Law No. 57-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Provides a new wording for Article 59 of the Federal Law on the fauna stating that withdrawn or confiscated objects of fauna must be returned to their environment.
      The Federal Law on the fishing and preservation of aquatic biological resources is extended to include Article 54 introducing the same requirement.

Federal Law No. 56-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on the Education, Federal Law on the Higher and Post-Graduate Professional Education and Article 2 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving Delimitation of Authority

The amendments improve legislative regulation of the authority of the Russian Federation and the subjects of the Russian Federation pertaining to licensing and state accreditation of educational institutions and scientific organisations.

Federal Law No. 55-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Amendment to Article 26 of the Federal Law on the State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products

Suspends until July 1, 2007 the norm prohibiting production and circulation of denatured alcohol or denatured alcohol-containing products failing to comply with the list and concentration of denaturing agents specified in the law or violating the procedure of their use.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication.

Federal Law No. 54-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Minimum Amount of Labour Remuneration and Other Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

From September 1, 2007, the minimum amount of labour remuneration is increased to Rbl 2,300.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from September 1, 2007.

Order of the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance No. 56 of March 21, 2007 on the Amendments to the Typical Rules of Obligatory Medical Insurance of Citizens

Insurants for the working citizens are organisations, natural persons registered as independent entrepreneurs, private notaries, lawyers, natural persons having concluded labour contracts with employees, as well as paying out rewards under civil contracts subject to taxes due to the funds of obligatory medical insurance in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 18, 2007. Reg. No. 9295.

Federal Law No. 53-FZ of April 20, 2007 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Placing of Orders for Supplies of Commodities, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services for the State and Municipal Needs and to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The Federal Law on the placing of orders for supplies of commodities, carrying out works, rendering services for the state and municipal needs does not apply in the cases of services rendered by international financial organisations created under international treaties where the Russian Federation is a participant, as well as international financial organisations where the Russian Federation has concluded international treaties.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from the day of its official publication with an exception.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 112 of April 4, 2007 on the Invalidation of the Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia No. 263 of October 18, 2005 on the Procedure of Customs Registration of White Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products Imported to the Territory of the Russian Federation from the Republic of Belarus

The mentioned document is invalidated for the purpose of execution of obligations of the Russian Federation to abandon the requirement to place on the obligatory basis sugar imported from Belarus to Russia to the temporary storage warehouses (customs warehouses) from the date of signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the terms of sugar supplies in 2007-2008 signed in Minsk on March 23, 2007.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 18, 2007. Reg. No. 9296.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 229 of April 14, 2007 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 183 of March 2, 2000

The Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 183 of March 2, 2000 having endorsed the Regulation on the normatives of emissions of hazardous (polluting) agents into the atmospheric air and hazardous physical impacts on it is amended where it pertains to the forming of the Federal Service of Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement to replace the dissolved State Committee of the Russian Federation for Protection of the Environment, as well as the reformation of the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation into the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1814-U of March 30, 2007 on the Amendments to the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 105-I of August 25, 2003 on the Procedure to Carry out the Checks of Credit Organisations (Their Branches) by Authorised Representatives of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

The procedure for the Bank of Russia to carry out the checks of credit organisations and their branches shall apply also to operational offices. The Direction lists the officials authorised to sign the order to check an operational office. If checking an internal structural division of the credit organisation (its branch), the documents or copies of documents attached to the act of check may be certified with the signature of the official in charge of the checked division of the credit organisation (its branch) and the seal of this division.
      The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia. The text of the Direction has been published in the Herald of the Bank of Russia on April 25, 2007, No. 23.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 23, 2007. Reg. No. 9310.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1815-U of March 30, 2007 on the Amendments to the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 108-I of December 1, 2003 on the Organisation of Inspection Activities of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)

Specifies the particulars of organisation of inspection activities of the Bank of Russia pertaining to operational office.
      The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of its official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia. The text of the Direction has been published in the Herald of the Bank of Russia on April 25, 2007, No. 23.

Decision of the Management Board of the State Corporation "Deposit Insurance Agency" of April 12, 2007, Protocol No. 24, on the Amendments to the Recommendations on the Procedure for the Banks to Inform Depositors of the Deposit Insurance Issues Endorsed by the Decision of the Management Board of the State Corporation "Deposit Insurance Agency" of June 30, 2005, Protocol No. 48

The amendments pertain to the increase of the amount of the total insurance reimbursement under bank deposits of citizens from Rbl 190,000 to Rbl 400,000.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 244 of April 24, 2007 on the Endorsement of the List of Codes of Commodities According to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation Exempted from the Value Added Tax at Import to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2008 Inclusive If Done by Agricultural Producers Meeting the Criteria Envisaged in Item 2 of Article 346.2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Russian Organisations Engaged in Leasing Activities Followed by Their Subsequent Supplies to Agricultural Producers Meeting the Criteria Envisaged in Item 2 of Article 346.2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

The mentioned list includes pedigree bovine animals, swine, sheep and goats, breeding ova, semen from pedigree bulls, stallions, sheep or goats, swine, as well as embryos from pedigree horses, sheep or goats, bovine animals and swine.
      The Decision is entered into force from the date of its official publication and covers legal relations emerging from January 1, 2007.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 27n of March 29, 2007 on the Amendments to the 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

Provides a new form of the tax declaration for the land tax (KND form 1153005) and the codes of tax exemptions, amends its filling procedure.
      The Order is entered into force beginning with the tax declaration for the land tax for the year 2007.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 24, 2007. Reg. No. 9331.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-3-25/174@ of March 29, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Information on the Average Listed Number of Employees for the Previous Calendar Year

Endorses the form used by taxpayers to submit information on the average listed number of employees for the previous calendar year to the tax body no later than January 20 of the current year, and in cases of creation (reorganisation) of the organisation - no later than the 20th of the month following the month when the organisation was created (reorganised).
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 24, 2007. Reg. No. 9320.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-3-06/178@ of March 30, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for the Banks to Submit Information on the Presence of Accounts in the Bank and/or Residues of Monetary Resources on the Accounts, on Operations on the Accounts to Requests of Tax Bodies and Appropriate Forms of Certificates and the Excerpt

From January 1, 2007, amendments to the Tax Code have entered not force envisaging the duty of the banks to hand out to the tax bodies certificates of the presence of accounts in the banks and/or residues of monetary resources on the accounts, excerpts of operations on the accounts of organisations (independent entrepreneurs, private notaries, lawyers having founded a lawyer office) within five days of receiving a motivated request of the tax body.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 23, 2007. Reg. No. 9318.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 07-21/pz-n of March 6, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Licensing of the Types of Professional Activities at the Securities Market

Endorses a new procedure of licensing of the types of professional activities at the securities market. The Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 05-3/pz-n of March 16, 2005 on the endorsement of the procedure of licensing of the types of professional activities at the securities market with amendments is invalidated.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 23, 2007. Reg. No. 9315.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1810-U of March 28, 2007 on the Amendments to the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 128-I of March 10, 2006 on the Rules of Issue and Registration of Securities by Credit Organisations on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Amends the Instruction on the rules of issue and registration of securities by credit organisations on the territory of the Russian Federation.
      The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 23, 2007. Reg. No. 9309.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 1807-U of March 27, 2007 on the Procedure for the Bank of Russia to Take the Decision on the State Registration of the Changes Introduced in the Constituent Documents of the Bank and Issuance of the License for Bank Operations Pursuant to the Bank's Request to Change Its Status for the Status of a Non-Bank Credit Organisation

Specifies a procedure for the Bank of Russia to take the decision on the state registration of changes introduced in the bank's constituent documents and issuance of the license for bank operations following the bank's request to change its status for the status of a non-bank credit organisation, including the cases when the amount of own resources (capital) becomes lower than EUR 5 million rouble equivalent (for the bank with the capital as of January 1, 2007 in the amount of EUR 5 million rouble equivalent or higher) or becomes lower than the level of January 1, 2007 (for the bank with the amount of capital as of January 1, 2007 lower than EUR 5 million rouble equivalent).
      The Direction is entered into force 10 days after the day of official publication in the Herald of the Bank of Russia.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 23, 2007. Reg. No. 9308.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 163 of March 14, 2007 on the Organisation of Works to Issue Phytosanitary and Quarantine Certificates

According to the Federal Law on the quarantine measures, the products (materials, cargo) subject to quarantine measures are plants, products of vegetation, containers, package, soil or other organism, object or material that may carry deleterious organisms or contribute to dissemination of such organisms. Export from the territory of the Russian Federation of such products (materials, cargo) is permitted in the presence of the phytosanitary certificate. To import to the territory of the Russian Federation, transport over it, as well as bring the mentioned products out of the quarantine phytosanitary zone, it is necessary to get the quarantine certificate.
      Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on April 20, 2007. Reg. No. 9304.

Message of the President of the Russian Federation to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of April 26, 2007

The annual message of the President of the Russian Federation to the Federal Assembly provides an assessment of the existing situation in the country and defines the priorities of development of Russia in the social and cultural spheres, in the economy, in the sphere of defence and security, in foreign policy.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 533 of April 23, 2007 on the Amendments to Some of the Acts of the President of the Russian Federation and on Invalidation of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1183 of June 10, 1994 on the Protection of Consumers against Unfair Advertising

The amendments are stipulated by the entry into force from July 1, 2006 of the new law on advertising.
      The Decree is entered into force from the day of its signing.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-07-02/2 of January 26, 2007

Provides explanations on individual taxation issues pertaining to paid out rewards.

Federal Law No. 63-FZ of April 26, 2007 on the Amendments to the Budget Code of the Russian Federation Pertaining to Regulation of the Budget Process and on Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation To Be Brought in Compliance with the Budget Legislation of the Russian Federation

Implements a switchover to the medium-term financial planning. The draft federal budget and the draft budgets of the state extra-budgetary funds of the Russian Federation shall be endorsed for three years. The draft budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation and the draft budgets of the territorial state extra-budgetary funds (draft local budgets) may be drawn up for one year or three years.
      The Federal Law is entered into force from January 1, 2008 except for the provisions where other time limits for the entry into force are specified.

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