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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 19.06.2009

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 457 of June 1, 2009 on the Federal Service on State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography

By Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1847 of December 25, 2008 the Federal Registration Service is re-named to "the Federal State Service on State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography" ("Rosreestr"). Simultaneously the Federal Agency on Geodesy and Cartography and the Federal Cadastral Agency are abolished, their functions being transferred to Rosreestr.
According to its newly-defined powers and operation organisation procedure, Rosreestr is responsible for keeping the Comprehensive State Register of Rights to Immovable Property and of Transactions in Such Property, the state cadastre of immovable property, the state register of cadastral engineers, the comprehensive state registers of self-regulated organisations of appraisers and arbitration insolvency practitioners and the state databank holding data resulting from land management.
Rosreestr is charged with state land and geodetic control and with the cadastral appraisal and monitoring of lands. The service is a licensor for geodetic and cartographic activities. Also, it is responsible for the names of geographic features.
The Service is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, its head being appointed and removed by the Government of the Russian Federation on a proposal of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Tariffs Service No. 116-t/1 of June 10, 2009 on Indexing Railway Freight Tariffs, Fees and Charges

Russian railway freight tariffs, fees and charges are being raised, including for instance mark-up coefficients for basic freight tariff, fee and charge rates relating to freight services, infrastructure services, the use of wagons and containers, cargo handling operations etc. For instance, the mark-up coefficient for payment for the use of wagons and containers rose from 2.23 to 2.357, for cargo handling from 2.819 to 2.98.
Mark-down rates for freight tariffs for wagons and containers depending on the type thereof are reviewed (2.357 in place of 2.23).
The increase does not extend to the rates of the fee charged for announcement of the value of a cargo.
The Order enters into force in the established procedure, in any case not before July 1, 2009.
Registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, registration No. 14093 of June 16, 2009.

Order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 328 of April 28, 2009 on Endorsing the Administrative Rules for the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology to Carry out the State Function of Adopting and Putting into Force All-Russia Classifications of Technical-Economic and Social Information, Amending Them and Keeping the All-Russia Classifications of Technical-Economic and Social Information

Regulation is provided for the procedure for the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology to adopt and keep all-Russia classifications of technical-economic and social information. Draft classifications and amendments thereto are elaborated by relevant federal executive governmental bodies. They have to undergo a compulsory expert examination in the Technical Committee on All-Russia Classifications to be further adopted and put into force by an order of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology.
Adopted classifications are to be sent to the Federal State Statistics Service for being included in its information computer network and to designers for being entered in the automated databases of all-Russia classifications.
All-Russia classifications are subject to official publication, and they are included in the federal corpus of technical regulations and standards.
Registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, registration No. 14061 of June 9, 2009.

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