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Federal Law No. 127-FZ of June 28, 2009 on Amending Articles 6 and 7 of the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation and Article 14 of the Federal Law on the Citizenship of the Russian Federation

The list of the foreigners and stateless persons who may use a simplified procedure to obtain a permit for temporary residence in Russia and Russian citizenship is broadened.
According to the general rule a permit may be issued within the quota set by the Government of the Russian Federation.
With no regard to the quota, permits will be issued to the foreigners and stateless persons having a minor child being a Russian citizen or an adult child deemed to lack dispositive capacity or have a limited dispositive capacity.
Said persons may become Russian citizens in a simplified procedure with no need to have continuously resided in Russia for five years and to hold a Russian residence permit. This rule applies if the other parent - a Russian citizen - of the aforesaid categories of children has died, is unaccountable for, is lacking dispositive capacity or has a limited dispositive capacity, has been deprived of his/her parental rights or has limited parental rights.
Also no regard to the quota is made to issue a permit to the minor foreigners and stateless persons who receive the permit on an application of a parent (adoptive parent or guardian)being a Russian citizen or who receive it together with a parent being a foreign citizen or stateless person to whom it is also issued with no regard to the quota. The new provision also extends to the persons who have reached the age of 18 and are deemed as lacking dispositive capacity or having a limited dispositive capacity under the legislation of a foreign state.
If a foreign citizen having a child being a Russian citizen has been deprived of his/her parental rights the temporary residence permit that has been issued will be annulled.

Federal Law No. 142-FZ of June 30, 2009 on Amending the Federal Law on Labour Pensions in the Russian Federation

These amendments concern the adjustment (review) of the insurance portion of a labour pension. Until now for this purpose working retirees had to file a relevant application with bodies of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation.
Now such adjustment (review) is automatic, i.e. pension bodies are going to do it on their own from the first of August every year depending on the sum of insurance contributions received.
Nevertheless, the possibility of pension review on an application keeps effective, i.e. a retiree is entitled to waive the annual pension review by means of filing a relevant application.

Federal Law No. 132-FZ of June 29, 2009 on Amending Article 424 of Part 1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation

The powers of local self-government bodies are broadened in the area of civil legal relationships.
Now according to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation local self-government bodies are entitled to set or regulate in the cases established by a law the prices (tariffs and rates) payable under contracts. Previously this right belonged only to empowered governmental bodies. This eliminates a conflict between the Civil Code and some laws.

Information Announcement of the Federal Tax Service of June 23, 2009 "On Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 451 of May 26, 2009"

Said decision of the Government had amended the procedure for the filling of invoices by sellers for the purposes of value added tax.

Federal Law No. 143-FZ of July 1, 2009 on the Particulars of Granting of Financial Support to the Subjects of the Russian Federation and Municipal Formations at the Expense of Resources of the State Corporation Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector in 2009

Introduces a special procedure of granting of financial support because of the risk of insufficiency of the fund's resources in 2009.

Federal Law No. 144-FZ of July 1, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 20 of the Federal Law on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector and Article 65 of the Federal Law on the Placing of Orders for Supplies of Commodities, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services for the State and Municipal Needs

The amendments are expected to ensure conservation of resources allocated for the capital repair of apartment houses.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 10-P of June 22, 2009 on the Case of Constitutionality of Item 4 of Part 2 of Article 250, Article 321.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Paragraph 2 of Item 3 of Article 41 of the Budget Code of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeals of the D.I.Mendeleyev Russian University of Chemical Technologies and the Moscow Aviation Institute (State Technical University)

The existing procedure of payment of the profit tax from incomes from the leasing of the federal property by the state higher educational institutions is not in compliance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MN-22-6/511@ of June 25, 2009 on the Implementation by the Tax Bodies of the Provisions of the Federal Law No. 312-FZ of December 30, 2008

Provides explanations pursuant to the entry into force from July 1, 2009 of the amendments to the Law on Limited-Liability Companies pertaining to the state registration of such companies.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2242-U of June 2, 2009 on the Amendments to Item 5.2 of the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1379-U of January 16, 2004 on the Assessment of the Financial Stability of the Bank to Recognize It Sufficient for Participation in the Deposit Insurance System

Changes the procedure of estimation of the financial result of the bank.

Order of the Federal Migration Service No. 123 of May 26, 2009 on the Form of the Certificate of Registration of the Request to Recognise the Person a Forced Migrant and the Form of the Certificate of the Forced Migrant

The form of the certificate of registration of the mentioned request and the form of the certificate is specified now by the authorised federal body of executive power (earlier, the Government of the Russian Federation).

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2214-U of April 14, 2009 on the Procedure to Send Requests and Get Information from the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories for the Credit History Subject and the Credit History User If the Application Is Handed over Through the Notary

The borrower may get information on the credit history bureaus storing his credit history by sending a request to the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories through the notary. The same procedure may be used by the potential creditor bank.

Order of the Ministry of Power Supplies of the Russian Federation No. 99 of April 6, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Determination of the Free Power Transfer Zones

Specifies the grounds and procedure of determination of free power transfer zones.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 28 of May 5, 2009 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.3.2.2509-09

Adds hygienic safety and nutrient value requirements for foodstuffs.

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 14 of July 2, 2009 on Some Issues of Judicial Practices of Application of the Housing Code of the Russian Federation

The explanations cover a broad range of issues pertaining to implementation and protection of rights of citizens, organisations and bodies of power in the sphere of housing legal relations.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-6/353@ of July 2, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Certificate of the Key of Signature and the List of Recalled Certificates to Ensure a Single Confidence Environment for Certificates of Keys of the Electronic Digital Signature

Provides for an information interaction of the tax bodies and economic subjects to ensure acceptance in the electronic form of reports, exchange of other documents using the electronic digital signature.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-323 of June 24, 2009

The taxpayer may appeal to the higher tax body against the decision calling to account (refusing to call to account) for a tax violation.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 903-r of July 7, 2009

The Ministry of Finance of Russia is ordered to transfer to the Federal Agency of Federal Property Management budget allocations in the amount of Rbl 180 billion to increase the registered capital of the Foreign Trade Bank.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 548 of July 7, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 244 of March 19, 2009

Allocates subsidies from the federal budget in 2009 to the Russian banks having granted credits to natural persons for the purchase of cars.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2241-U of June 1, 2009 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 215-P of February 10, 2003 on the Method of Determination of Own Resources (Capital) of Credit Organisations

The amount of own resources (capital) of credit organisations is determined as a sum of the basic and additional capital.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MN-22-6/548@ of July 8, 2009 on the Amendments to the Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. MN-22-6/511@ of June 25, 2009 on the Implementation by the Tax Bodies of the Provisions of the Federal Law No. 312-FZ of December 30, 2008

The Federal Tax Service of Russia explains some particulars of the state registration of limited-liability companies taking into account the amendments having entered into force from July 1, 2009.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of July 10, 2009

The rate of refinancing is reduced from July 13, 2009 from 11.5% to 11%.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 11-P of June 24, 2009 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Items 2 and 4 of Article 12, Articles 22.1 and 23.1 of the Law of the RSFSR on the Competition and Restriction of Monopolist Activities at Commodity Markets and Articles 23, 37 and 51 of the Federal Law on the Protection of Competition Pursuant to the Appeals of the OAO Gazenergoset and the OAO Nizhnekamskneftekhim

Does not permit the antimonopoly bodies to issue orders to transfer to the federal budget incomes obtained as a result of antimonopoly violations if the blame of the economic subject is not ascertained.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 546 of July 7, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting Subsidies from the Federal Budget to the Russian Leasing Companies to Reimburse Part of Expenses to Pay the Interest under Credits Obtained in Russian Credit Organisations in 2009 for up to 5 years for the Purchase of Russian-Made Cars Followed by Their Transfer for Leasing

In view of the world economic crisis, the Government of the Russian Federation is permitted to allocate in 2009 from the federal budget resources to implement the measures of support of the financial market, the labour market and the industries of the country's economy.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 201 of June 1, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Agency of State Property Management on the Granting of the State Service of Issuance According to Established Procedure of Excerpts from the Register of Federal Property

Specifies the deadlines and sequence of actions for the Federal Agency of State Property Management to issue excerpts from the Register of Federal Property.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 663 of April 13, 2009 on the Fixed Amount of Secured Customs Payments for Excisable Goods

Specifies new fixed amounts of security of customs payments for excisable goods imported to the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 39n of April 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement on the Implementation of the State Function of Keeping of the Joint State Register of Subjects of Insurance Activities and the Register of Associations of Subjects of Insurance Activities

Information on the subjects of insurance activities (insurance organisations, brokers and actuaries, mutual insurance companies) and their associations must be entered in special registers.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/553@ of July 9, 2009 on the Admissibility of Signing of Invoices by the Authorised Representative of an Independent Entrepreneur

Explains whether or not an independent entrepreneur may impose the duty of signing of invoices on the persons authorised by him.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2259-U of July 10, 2009 on the Amount of the Rate of Refinancing of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is reduced from 11.5% to 11% from July 13, 2009.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 549 of July 11, 2009 on the Federal Network Operator in the Sphere of Navigation Activities

Creates a federal network operator to provide for a uniform technological management in the sphere of navigation activities and the rendering of services in the mentioned sphere for the federal state and other needs.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2250-U of June 9, 2009 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)

Extends the list of organisations permitted to make payments through the payment network of the Central Bank of Russia.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 69-r of April 24, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Customs Service of Russia No. 459-r of December 20, 2006

Amends explanations of classification of some commodities pursuant to the addition of new subheadings to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of Russia.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 216-e of June 9, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Estimates of the Limiting Indices of the Maximum and Minimum Permitted Variations of Specified Tariff Rates for Commodities and Services of Organisations of the Communal Sector

Endorses the form of estimates of the limiting indices of the maximum and minimum permitted variations of tariff rates for commodities and services of organisations of the communal sector: for a municipal formation and the whole of the Russian Federation.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2263-U of July 10, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rates for Credits Secured with Assets or Guarantees

From July 13, 2009, changes the rates for the credits secured with assets or guarantees.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2262-U of July 10, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Lombard Credits of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing from July 13, 2009 makes 11% instead of the earlier 11.5%.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2261-U of July 10, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

Reduces the interest rates for the deposit operations of the Bank of Russia.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2260-U of July 10, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rate for the Overnight Credit of the Bank of Russia

From July 13, 2009, the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is reduced by 0.5 percentage points. The same applies to the interest rate for the overnight credit.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 814 of July 16, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 885 of August 12, 2002 on the Endorsement of the General Principles of Service Conduct of State Servants and to the General Principles Endorsed by This Decree

Provides a new wording of the general principles of service conduct of state servants.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 94 of June 10, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of the Railways of the Russian Federation No. 10C of March 29, 1999

Amends the rules of cargo transportation on the exit routes of the railway transport.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/564@ of July 14, 2009 on the Procedure of Filling of Line 2 of the Invoice

From June 9, 2009, changes the procedure of keeping of ledgers of received and put forward invoices, books of purchases and books of sales in VAT estimates.

Federal Law No. 166-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Hypothec (Mortgage)

Non-dwelling space purchased completely or partly through a credit or loan with a legal entity is considered to be mortgaged from the moment of registration of the borrower proprietary right, if otherwise is not envisaged in the federal law or contract). The mortgagee is the bank or legal entity having granted the credit (loan).

Federal Law No. 165-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 346.25.1 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Removes a legal conflict in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 163-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 5 of the Federal Law on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism

Credit consumer cooperatives are included in organisations carrying operation with monetary resources and other property and have to take measures against laundering of criminal incomes and financing of terrorism.

Federal Law No. 158-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Ratification of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Angola on the Mutual Legal Aid in Criminal Cases

Ratifies the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Angola on the mutual legal aid in criminal cases signed in Moscow on October 31, 2006.

Federal Law No. 156-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 24 of the Federal Law on the Retail Markets and on the Amendments to the Labour Code of the Russian Federation

Shifts the deadlines to move marketplaces to permanent buildings.

Federal Law No. 155-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments are expected to speed up construction of objects of Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2014 in the city of Sochi.

Federal Law No. 154-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the Terms of Stay of the Division of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Protocol on the Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the Terms of Stay of the Division of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the Territory of the Russian Federation of July 4, 2001

The ratified international documents are expected to regulate the issues of stay of the division of the CIS Executive Committee on the territory of Russia (in the city of Moscow).

Federal Law No. 153-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Kingdom of Denmark on the Simplification of the Issuance of Visas to the Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Denmark

Ratifies the Intergovernmental Agreement of Russia and Denmark on the simplification of the issuance of visas signed in Copenhagen on May 27, 2008.

Federal Law No. 152-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) of May 9, 1980 in the Version of the Protocol of Modification of June 3, 1999

Russia joins the Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) and becomes a member of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail.

Federal Law No. 151-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Invalidation of Item 2 of Article 42 of the Federal Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Invalidates the norm having created the federal extrabudgetary fund of combating of illegal drug trafficking.

Federal Law No. 150-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on the Export and Import of Cultural Values

Permits to export cultural values purchased abroad.

Federal Law No. 149-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Particulars of Alienation of Immovable Property Owned by the Subjects of the Russian Federation or Municipal Formations and Occupied by Small and Medium-Size Businesses and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Simplifies the procedure of purchase of leased property by small and medium-size businesses.

Federal Law No. 147-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector and the Federal Law on the Participation in the Shared Construction of Apartment Houses and Other Objects of Immovable Property and on the Amendments to Some of the Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and on Invalidation of Individual Provisions of Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Refines the mechanism of returning of resources to the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector.

Federal Law No. 146-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Federal Budget for the Year 2009 and for the Planned Period of 2010 and 2011

Allocates from the federal budget in 2009 resources to make a contribution of the Russian Federation to the Anticrisis Fund of the Eurasia Economic Community.

Federal Law No. 145-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the State Company Russian Highways and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Creates the state company Russian Highways.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 574 of July 16, 2009 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation for Raw Oil

Introduces for 9 months the rate of import duty for raw oil with the density not less than 694.7 kg/m3, but not greater than 872.4 kg/m3 at 20C and the sulphur content not less than 0.1% by weight, but not greater than 1% by weight to make 5% of the customs cost.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-20/pz-n of June 10, 2009 on the Particulars of Entry in the Register of Holders of Personal Securities of Operations Changing Information on the Personal Account of the Nominal Holder and/or Trustee Pursuant to the Reorganisation of the Mentioned Entities in the Form of Transformation

In the case of transformation of the nominal holder and/or trustee, the recorder or issuer keeping the register independently must correct the information of the personal account of the registered person.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-17/pz-n of June 2, 2009 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Disclosing of Information by Issuers of Emission Securities Endorsed by the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 06-117/pz-n of October 10, 2006

Extends the list of issuers who must disclose information in the form of the quarterly report.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/573@ on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for June 2009

Provides information for the calculation of the tax on extraction of mineral resources for June 2009.

Federal Law No. 205-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The Federal Law specifies the procedure of processing of the so-called corporate disputes.

Federal Law No. 204-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Refines the requirements to taxpayers wishing to switch over to the simplified system of taxation and applying this system.

Federal Law No. 202-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Chapters 23 and 25 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and on the Invalidation of Individual Provisions of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Part 1, Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The property exemption for the income tax from natural persons shall apply also in cases of purchase of the land plot (part thereof) for personal housing construction or if the purchased house is located on it. Earlier, the exemption could be applied only to flats, homes, rooms (shares in them).

Federal Law No. 201-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 346.25.1 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

From January 1, 2009, the patent for the right of use of the simplified system of taxation is issued for the period from one month to 12 months.

Federal Law No. 200-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Buy out of Harvest-90 Checks, Payments to Suppliers of Agricultural Products of the Harvest of 1991 and on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Commodity Obligations

Specifies the procedure to buy out the Harvest-90 checks, execute state obligations to suppliers of agricultural products of the harvest of 1991, as well as the composition and time limits of the state commodity obligations.

Federal Law No. 199-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Migration Record Keeping for Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation

Specifies the deadline for foreigners to submit application for registration at the place of residence.

Federal Law No. 197-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 10 of the Federal Law on the Transportation Safety

According to the amendment, the Government of the Russian Federation may now specify only the list of works directly associated with the transportation safety.

Federal Law No. 196-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in View of the Changes of the Period of Authority of the President of the Russian Federation and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

The election legislation of the Russian Federation is being brought in compliance with the changes in the period of authority of the President of the Russian Federation and the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 195-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments are expected to improve the bankruptcy legislation.

Federal Law No. 193-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 11 of the Federal Law on the Additional Measures to Enhance Stability of the Banking System in the Period until December 31, 2011

The Federal Law improves sanation of a number of banks significant for the system.

Federal Law No. 192-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to the Budget Code of the Russian Federation and Article 45 of the Federal Law on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)

Shifts from August 26 to October 1, 2009 the deadline to submit to the State Duma the draft federal budget and the Main Directions of the Uniform State Monetary and Credit Policy for the years 2010-2012.

Federal Law No. 190-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Credit Cooperation

Specifies new fundamentals of creation and activities of credit consumer cooperatives.

Federal Law no. 189-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Technical Regulation

Technical regulations must provide in addition the energy efficiency requirements.

Federal Law No. 185-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 2 and 9.1 of the Law of the Russian Federation on the Medical Insurance of Citizens in the Russian Federation and Article 11 of the Federal Law on the Obligatory Pension Insurance in the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of registration of notaries engaged in private practices as insurants in the territorial bodies of obligatory medical insurance and territorial bodies of the Pension Fund of Russia.

Federal Law no. 183-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Chinese Peoples Republic on the Cooperation in the Oil Supply Sphere

The ratified Agreement was signed on April 21, 2009 in Beijing.

Federal Law No. 182-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Non-State Pension Funds and the Federal Law on the Investments to Finance the Accumulated Part of the Labour Pension in the Russian Federation

Introduces two types of management companies.

Federal Law No. 181-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Use of State Securities of the Russian Federation or Enhance Capitalisation of Banks

The state now enjoys the right to enhance capitalisation of banks by exchange of bonds of the federal loan for the preferential stocks of such banks.

Federal Law No. 177-FZ of July 18, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving Control over Circulation of Precursors of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

The amendments improve control over circulation of precursors of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances

Federal Law No. 173-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 17.1 and 53 of the Federal Law on the Protection of Competition

The amendments extend the list of subjects permitted to conclude contacts of transfer of rights of possession or use for the state or municipal property without tenders, contests and auctions.

Federal Law No. 172-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Anticorruption Expert Evaluation of Normative Legal Acts and Draft Normative Legal Acts

Specifies the legal and organisational fundamentals of anticorruption expert evaluation of normative legal acts and draft normative legal acts.

Federal Law No. 171-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Prosecutor Office of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Anticorruption Expert Evaluation of Normative Legal Acts and Draft Normative Legal Acts

The prosecutors are empowered with a new authority to carry out anticorruption expert evaluation of normative legal acts.

Federal Law No. 170-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Non-Commercial Organisations

The amendments simply the procedure of state registration of non-commercial organisations.

Federal Law No. 164-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Protection of Competition and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments promote competition and improve antimonopoly regulation.

Federal Law No. 162-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 2 of the Federal Law on the Use of Cash Registers in Cash Payments and/or Payments Using Paycards and to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The payers of the uniform imputed income tax are permitted to disregard the use of cash registers in cash payments and/or payments using paycards.

Federal Law No. 161-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

VAT exemptions apply in the cases of free granting of air time and/or printing space in the course of elections and referenda.

Federal Law No. 160-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Enhances administrative responsibility for the violation of the antimonopoly legislation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 573 of July 16, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Import to the Russian Federation and Export from the Russian Federation of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors Withdrawn from Illegal Circulation for the Purpose of Their Use in Expert Work

A number of federal bodies of power are permitted to move across the customs border of the Russian Federation narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors withdrawn from illegal circulation for the purpose of their use in expert work without the license and certificate for the right of import (export).

Federal Law No. 168-FZ of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Additional Measures to Support the Financial System of the Russian Federation

Permits the Foreign Economic Activities Bank to grant subordinated credits without security.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 571 of July 15, 2009 on the Amendment to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 190 of March 3, 2009

Insurance payments under obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases shall be indexed on the annual basis taking into account the level of inflation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 555 of July 15, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Admission in Special Institutions of the Federal Migration Service of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Expecting Transfer in Compliance with International Treaties of the Russian Federation on the Readmission, Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Admitted in Compliance with International Treaties of the Russian Federation on the Readmission Who Do Not Have Legal Reasons to Stay (Live) in the Russian Federation

Specifies the procedure and terms of stay in the special institutions of the Federal Migration Service of Russia intended for temporary deployment of citizens expecting readmission.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 583 of July 16, 2009 on the Cases Permitting Agreements between Economic Subjects

Agreements between economic subjects resulting in a restriction of competition are prohibited, however, there are circumstances permitting such agreements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 581 of July 16, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Restructuring of the Debts in Insurance Contributions to the Budgets of the State Extra-Budgetary Funds Accrued with Budget-Supported Institutions of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and Municipal Budget-Supported Institutions As of July 1, 2008, As Well As in Penalties and Fines Accrued for the Amount of the Mentioned Debt

From January 1, 2009, budget-supported institutions enjoy the right for a restructuring of the debt in insurance payments to the budgets of the Pension Fund of Russia, Social Insurance Fund of Russia, State Fund of Employment of Population, Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and the territorial funds of obligatory medical insurance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 560 of July 15, 2009 on the Norms of Expenses in the Form of Loss from Poultry and Animal Mortality

The new norms of poultry mortality contain an extended list of their types.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 591 of July 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 335 of May 30, 2007

A number of operations with assets of credit organisations require submission of the request for a preliminary consent of the antimonopoly body or submission of the notification to it.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 584 of July 16, 2009 on the Notification Procedure to Being Individual Types of Entrepreneurial Activities

Specifies the rules of submission by legal entities and independent entrepreneurs of notifications of the beginning of individual types of entrepreneurial activities, as well as the procedure of registration of the mentioned notifications.

Federal Law No. 213-FZ of July 24, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and Invalidation of Individual Acts (Provisions of Individual Acts) of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on Insurance Contributions to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation, Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance

The Federal Law is aimed at further development of the system of obligatory social insurance and increasing from 2010 of the level of pension support for citizens.

Federal Law No. 212-FZ of July 24, 2009 on the Insurance Contributions to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation, Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance

From 2010, the uniform social tax is replaced with insurance contributions for particular types of social insurance.

Federal Law No. 211-FZ of July 24, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 15 of the Federal Law on the State Regulation of Activities of Organisation and Carrying out of Games of Chance and on the Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Sweepstakes cannot be located in buildings available in the state or municipal property. An exception is made for the horse racing.

Federal Law No. 209-FZ of July 24, 2009 on the Hunting and Preservation of the Hunting Reserves and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The Federal Law is aimed at regulation of relations in the sphere of hunting and preservation of hunting reserves.

Federal Law No. 208-FZ of July 24, 2009 on the Ratification of the Founding Treaty of the Anticrisis Fund of the Eurasia Economic Community and the Agreement on the Management of Resources of the Anticrisis Fund of the Eurasia Economic Community

The ratified Treaty and the Agreement have been signed by the heads of governments of the member-countries on June 9, 2009 in Moscow.

Federal Law No. 207-FZ of July 24, 2009 on the Amendments to the Customs Code of the Russian Federation

Introduces a mutual responsibility of the customs broker and the declaring party for the transfer of customs payments (in full amount).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 609 of July 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Index of Growth of the Average Monthly Earnings in the Russian Federation for the Year 2008 and the Index of Growth of Incomes of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation per Pensioner for the Year 2008 Allocated to Pay out the Insured Part of the Labour Pension

Specifies the above indices.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 582 of July 16, 2009 on the Main Principles of Determination of the Rent for the Land Plots in the State or Municipal Property and on the Rules of Determination of the Amount of Rent, As Well As the Procedure, Terms and Deadlines of Transfer of Rent for the Lands Available in the Property of the Russian Federation

The amount of rent must be economically substantiated, i.e. be commensurate with the land plot profitability.

Regulation of the Central Bank of Russia No. 337-P of June 19, 2009 on the Procedure and Criteria of Assessment of the Financial Standing of Legal Entities Having Founded (Participants) of the Credit Organisation

Introduces a new procedure and new criteria of assessment of the financial standing of legal entities having founded (participants) of a credit organisation.

Federal Law No. 214-FZ of July 25, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Policy of the Russian Federation with Respect to Compatriots Abroad

Extends the list of documents of education received by compatriots abroad that are accepted in Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 558 of July 15, 2009 on the Subsidies to the Budgets of the Subjects of the Russian Federation Granted to Eliminate Inter-Territorial Cross-Budgeting in Electric Power Supply Industry

To confine the growth of tariff rates in individual subjects of the Russian Federation, the price for electric power was fixed below the economically substantiated level. Expenses that were not included in such tariff rates were taken into account when fixing regulated prices on other territories.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 611 of July 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Coefficient of Indexing of the Insured Part of the Labour Pension from August 1, 2009

The insured part of the labour pension is indexed from August 1, 2009 by 7.5%.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 612 of July 27, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Commodities of Oil Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Increases the rates of export customs duties for raw oil and individual categories of commodities of oil exported outside the member-states of the Customs Union agreements.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 453 of May 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Criteria for the Projects of Technological Modernisation of Russian Motor Industry and Transport Engineering Organisations Permitting to Get Subsidies from the Federal Budget to Reimburse Part of Expenses to Pay Interest under Credits Obtained in 2008-2009 in Russian Credit Organisations, As Well As International Financial Organisations Created in Compliance with International Treaties Where Russia Is a Participant

Russian motor industry and transport engineering organisations having received credits in 2008-2009 for technical modernisation are entitled for reimbursement from the federal budget of the part of expenses to pay the interest.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2258-U of July 2, 2009 on the Invalidation of Individual Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia

Increases the registered capital and own resources of the credit organisation in roubles (earlier specified in the rouble equivalent of euro).

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/566@ of July 15, 2009 on the Absence of Duty to Submit to the Tax Bodies Accounting Reports for Organisations Applying the Simplified System of Taxation

Organisations applying the simplified system of taxation must not submit accounting reports to the tax bodies and the latter may not call them to account.

Federal Law No. 216-FZ of July 29, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 178 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

Provides a new wording for the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation specifying responsibility for the exclusion, restriction or elimination of competition. The terminology is also being brought in compliance with the Federal Law on the Protection of Competition.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 650 of July 15, 2009 on the Endorsement of the List of Cars Made on the Territory of the Russian Federation Permitting, When Purchased by Natural Persons on Credit in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a Reimbursement to Credit Organisations of Shortfall in Incomes Proceeding from Two Thirds of the Rate of Refinancing of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Endorses a new list of cars because of the growth of prices for them.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 131 of June 25, 2009

The courts are provided with recommendations on the processing of cases on the priority right of stock-holders of closed-type joint-stock companies for the purchase of stocks sold by other stock-holders.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 132 of July 21, 2009 on Some Issues of Application by Arbitration Courts of Articles 20 and 28 of the Federal Law on the State Registration of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It

Explains individual issues of registration of rights for immovable property and transactions with it on the basis of acts of courts.

Regulation of the Central Bank of Russia No. 338-P of June 19, 2009 on the Procedure and Criteria of Assessment of the Financial Standing of Natural Persons Being Founders (Participants) of the Credit Organisation

Adopts a new procedure of assessment of the financial standing of natural persons being founders (participants) of credit organisations.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 676 of April 15, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Customs Service of Russia No. 1283 of October 17, 2007

Provides a new wording for the list of customs bodies for declaring meat and edible meet offal (Heading 02 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of Russia) imported to Russia and placed under the customs regime of release for internal consumption.

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