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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 30.11.2009

Federal Law No. 244-FZ of October 30, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 236 and 246 of the Code of Criminal Procedures of the Russian Federation

Extends opportunities of appealing against court ruling adopted as a result of preliminary hearings.

Federal Law No. 241-FZ of October 30, 2009 on the Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and Article 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedures of the Russian Federation

Enhances protection of investors at the securities market.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 847 of October 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Draft Annual Plans of Planned Checks of Legal Entities and Independent Entrepreneurs Sent by the Bodies of State Control (Enforcement) and Municipal Control to Prosecutor Bodies, As Well As the Form and Content of the Summary Plan of Planned Checks of Legal Entities and Independent Entrepreneurs

The law on the protection of rights of subjects of entrepreneurial activities in the course of state and municipal control is entered into force from January 1, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 845 of October 28, 2009 on the Amendments to the Rules of Pre-Trial Processing of Disputes Pertaining to the Fixing and Application of Prices (Tariff Rates) Regulated in Compliance with the Federal Law on the Natural Monopolies

Adjusts the procedure of pre-trial processing of disputes pertaining to the fixing and application of regulated prices (tariff rates).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 844 of October 28, 2009 on the Amendment to the List of International, Foreign and Russian Awards for Outstanding Achievements in the Sphere of Science and Technology, Education, Culture, Literature, Arts and Mass Media Exempted from Taxes with Taxpayers

Extends the list of awards in the sphere of science and technology, education, culture, literature, arts and mass media exempted from the income tax from natural persons.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 842 of October 24, 2009 on the Improvement of the Procedure of Investing of Resources of Financing of the Accumulated Part of the Labour Pension in the Russian Federation

Improves the work of the state management company.

Federal Law No. 243-FZ of October 30, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 32.1 of the Law of the Russian Federation on the Organisation of Insurance Activities in the Russian Federation

The amendments alleviate qualification requirements to the head and chief accountant of the mutual insurance company.

Federal Law No. 242-FZ of October 30, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 373 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Lifts the duty to submit estimates and declarations for the property tax from organisations in the absence of the object of taxation.

Federal Law No. 239-FZ of October 30, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 23 of the Federal Law on the Peasant (Farmer) Company

The time limit for re-registration of peasant (farmer) companies with a status of a legal entity is extended until January 1, 2013.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1232 of October 31, 2009 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Federal Migration Service Endorsed by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 928 of July 19, 2004

Extends the sphere of reference of the Federal Migration Service of Russia because of the amendments to the law on the legal status of foreign citizens in Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 860 of October 29, 2009 on the Requirements to the Outfit of Public-Use Highways with Highway Service Objects Located within the Alienation Zone

Public-use highways of federal, regional, inter-municipal and local significance have different outfit requirements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 855 of October 29, 2009 on the Amendment to the Rules of Granting Subsidies from the Federal Budget in 2009 to Russian Credit Organisations to Reimburse Shortfall in Income for the Credits Granted by Russian Credit Organisations in 2009 to Natural Persons for the Purchase of Cars

Russian banks granting credits for the purchase of a home-made car up to Rbl 600,000 get subsidies to compensate the shortfall in income.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 853 of October 29, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules for the Banks to Send a Proposal to Participate in the Procedure of Increasing of Capitalisation and Adoption of the Decision to Satisfy (Refuse to Satisfy) the Bank Proposal to Participate in the Procedure of Increasing of Capitalisation

The state may take measures to increase capitalisation of joint-stock banks by exchange of the bonds of the federal loan for the preference stocks of these banks.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 846 of October 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Investigation of the Reasons of Accidents in the Power-Supply Industry

Regulates the procedure of investigation of the reasons of accidents in the power-supply industry except for the accidents at nuclear power stations.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 428 of October 26, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Selection of Electronic Sites for the Purpose of Open Auctions in the Electronic Form

From July 1, 2009, open auctions for the state and municipal contracts may be arranged in the Internet.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 874 of October 31, 2009 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation Pertaining to Drops for Contact Lenses and to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 401 of June 25, 2007

Introduces a new subheading - 3307 90 000 2.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 854 of October 28, 2009 on the Additional Measures of State Support of Small and Medium-Size Businesses

Allocates Rbl 7,500 million from the federal budget to regional budgets.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-6/534@ of November 2, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Methodology Recommendations on the Organisation of the Electronic Document Turnover for the Cases of Submission of Tax Declarations (Estimates) in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels

According to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, tax declarations may be submitted in the electronic form over telecommunication channels.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 881 of November 2, 2009 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Rice and Meals and Groats of It

Increases for 9 months the rates of customs duties for rice and meals and groats of it.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 869 of October 31, 2009 on the Transfer of Days-Off in 2010

Transfers some days-off in 2010.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 621 of September 18, 2009 on the Terms Permitting to Recognises Immovable Property As Equal to the Earlier Available Immovable Property

Contracts of transfer of the rights of possession and/or use for the state or municipal property not assigned for economic management or operative control are concluded on the basis of contests or auctions. An exception is the case when immovable property is handed over in exchange of the earlier available one.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2317-U of October 29, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Credits Secured with Assets or Guarantees

From October 30, 2009, reduces the rates for the credits granted by the Central Bank of Russia to credit organisations.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2316-U of October 29, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Lombard Credits of the Bank of Russia

From October 30, 2009, the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is reduced from 10% to 9.5% annual.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2315-U of October 29, 2009 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

From October 30, 2009, the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is reduced from 10% to 9,5% annual.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2314-U of October 29, 2009 on the Amount of the Interest Rate for the Overnight Credit of the Bank of Russia

From October 30, 2009, the rate of refinancing of the Bank of Russia is reduced by 0.5 percentage points more (to 9.5% annual).

Federal Law No. 258-FZ of November 9, 2009 on the Ratification of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Italian Republic on the Cooperation in the Sphere of Adoption of Children

Ratifies the treaty between Russia and Italy on the cooperation in the sphere of adoption of the children.

Federal Law No. 257-FZ of November 9, 2009 on the Ratification of the Convention between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Botswana on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Evasion of Taxes for the Income Tax

The ratified convention was signed in the city of Gaborone on April 8, 2003.

Federal Law No. 256-FZ of November 9, 2009 on the Ratification of the Convention between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Evasion of Taxes for the Taxes on Incomes and Capital

Ratifies the intergovernmental convention between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Federal Law No. 255-FZ of November 9, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan on the Creation and Activities of the International Scientific Research Centre Pamir Chakaltay

Ratifies the above intergovernmental agreement of Tajikistan and Russia.

Federal Law No. 249-FZ of November 9, 2009 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

The amendments do not permit to pay the administrative fine on the spot.

Federal Law No. 247-FZ of November 9, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law ~Technical Regulation on the Fire Safety Requirements~

Introduces amendments to the Law on the Fire Safety, Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation and the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 323 of September 3, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Information Submitted by the Party Wishing to get a License for Educational Activities

Revises the form of submitted information necessary for the license.

Federal Constitutional Law No. 5-FKZ of November 9, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Arbitration Courts in the Russian Federation and Articles 4 and 15 of the Federal Constitutional Law on the Judicial System of the Russian Federation

The amendments are stipulated by the creation of the Disciplinary Tribunal.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1255 of November 7, 2009 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Endorsed by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 865 of July 11, 2004

The Ministry specifies together with the Federal Security Service of Russia the procedure of confirmation of the presence of resource to live on the territory of Russia for foreigners or stateless persons.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 890 of November 5, 2009 on the Amendments to the List of Technological Equipment (Including the Component and Spare Parts for It) Not Produced in the Russian Federation and Exempted from the Value Added Tax at Import

Extends the list of such equipment.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 877 of October 31, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Activities of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation

From January 1, 2010, replaces the uniform social tax with insurance contributions to the Pension Fund of Russia, Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and their territorial funds, Social Insurance Fund of Russia.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1622-r of November 2, 2009

Adjusts the main directions of activities of the Government of the Russian Federation for the period until 2012.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 102n of October 1, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 106n of November 24, 2004 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Entry of Information in the Fields of Payment Documents to Transfer Taxes, Fees and Other Payments to the Budget System of the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of entry of information identifying the payment in the payment documents to transfer taxes and fees and other payments to the budget system administered by the tax bodies.

Message to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of November 12, 2009

The President of the Russian Federation defined priority directions of the political strategy of development of the country.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 910 of November 9, 2009 on the Procedure of Determination of the Cost and Payment for the Services of Operative Dispatcher Control in the Power-Supply Industry

The services of operative dispatcher control in the power supply industry are paid for on the basis of the commercial services contract.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 913 of November 10, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 9 of January 15, 2007

Adjusts the rules of migration record keeping for foreigners and stateless persons.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2293-U of September 17, 2009 on the Procedure of Revocation of the License for Bank Operations from the Credit Organisation in Cases of a Significant Insufficiency of Reporting Information

Revises criteria of such insufficiency.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-33/pz-n of August 13, 2009 on the Particulars of the Procedure of Keeping of the Register of Holders of Registered Securities by Issuers of Registered Securities

Specifies the requirements to the keeping of the register of holders of registered securities.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 58 of September 30, 2009 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.4.6.2553-09

Specifies the sanitary and epidemiological requirements to the labour safety of employees 14 to 18 years old.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 916 of November 11, 2009 on the Amendments to Item 16 of the Regulation on the Particulars of Calculation of the Average Earnings

Refines the procedure of increasing of the average earnings of the employee in cases of increase of tariff rates, salaries, monetary rewards in the organisation.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 59 of September 30, 2009 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.4.3.2554-09

Adjusts sanitary and epidemiological requirements to the organisation of the educational process in institutions of initial professional education.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 920 of November 11, 2009 on the Body in Charge of Accreditation of the Bodies of Certification and Testing Laboratories (Centres) Carrying out Works of Confirmation of Compliance of Tobacco Items

The body in charge of accreditation is the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 101n of October 1, 2009 on the Amendments to the Rules of Generation of Insurance Reserves for Other Than Life Insurance Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 51n of June 11, 2002

From January 1, 2010, introduces a changed procedure of generation of insurance reserves for obligatory insurance of civil liabilities of owners of transport vehicles.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. 3-2-12/83 of July 27, 2009 on the Use of the Taxation System in the Form of the Uniform Imputed Income Tax

Provides explanations on the use of the uniform imputed income tax in retail trade.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 926 of November 14, 2009 on the Amount of the Minimum and Maximum Unemployment Allowances for the Year 2010

In 2010, the minimum amount of the unemployment allowance will make Rbl 850, and the maximum, Rbl 4,900.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 925 of November 14, 2009 on the Cost of Living in Per Capita Figures and for the Main Sociodemographic Groups of Population for the Whole of the Russian Federation for the II Quarter of 2009

The cost of living for the whole of Russia for the II quarter of 2009 makes Rbl 5,187 per capita, Rbl 5,607 for the able-bodied population, Rbl 4,129 for pensioners and Rbl 4,963 for children.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 928 of November 14, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Organisation and Carrying out Works of Repair and Maintenance of Highways of Federal Significance

Specifies the procedure of organisation and carrying out of works of repair and maintenance of public-use highways of federal significance.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 465 of November 13, 2009 on the Deflator Coefficient K_1 for the Year 2010

The deflator coefficient K_1 necessary for the calculation of the taxable base for the uniform imputed income tax is fixed in the amount of 1.295.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-43/pz-n of November 2, 2009 on the Non-Application of the Decision of the Federal Commission for Securities Market No. 28/ps of July 31, 2002 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Amount of Own Resources of the Joint-Stock Investment Fund

The Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 09-32/pz-n of August 13, 2009 endorsed new requirements to the amount and procedure of calculation of own resources of a joint-stock investment fund.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2307-U of October 9, 2009 on the Invalidation of the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2237-U of May 22, 2009 on the Exclusion from the Reserved Obligations of the Ones to the State Corporation ~Deposit Insurance Agency~ and/or Obligations to Investors Not Being Credit Organisations

A new procedure of depositing of obligatory reserves by credit organisations in the Central Bank of Russia is applied from November 1, 2009.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2306-U of October 9, 2009 on the Particulars of the Right to Average Obligatory Reserves Granted to Credit Organisations

The new wording is adopted pursuant to the adoption of the new regulation on the obligatory reserves of credit organisations.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2296-U of September 21, 2009 on the Procedure for the Bank to Submit a Request to Terminate the Work with Deposits Pursuant to the Demand of the Bank of Russia in Cases of the Bank|s Failure to Comply with the Requirements of Participation in the Deposit Insurance System or in Pursuance of Part 34 of Article 48 of the Federal Law on the Insurance of Deposits of Natural Persons in the Banks of the Russian Federation and on the Procedure of Invalidation of the License of the Bank of Russia to Attract in Deposits Monetary Resources of Natural Persons in Roubles or the License of the Bank of Russia to Attract in Deposits Monetary Resources of Natural Persons in Roubles and Foreign Currencies or the General License

Introduces a new procedure for the bank to send a request to terminate the work with deposits.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 133 of November 5, 2009 on the Application of Article 5 of the Federal Law No. 195-FZ of July 19, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

A number of legislative acts were amended in July 2009 to improve legislation on bankruptcy.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 933 of November 16, 2009 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation for Spare Parts for Glass Cases

Introduces for 9 months the zero rate of import customs duty for non-plastic parts of glass cases.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 932 of November 16, 2009 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Natural Caoutchouc

Introduces for 9 months the zero rate of import customs duties for natural and other caoutchouc.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 931 of November 14, 2009 on the Prolongation of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Cars for High-Speed Electric Trains

Prolongs for 9 months more the interim rates of import customs duties for individual types of cars for high-speed electric trains.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 929 of November 14, 2009 on the Procedure of State Regulation in the Electric Power Industry, Terms of Its Introduction and Termination and on the Amendments to the Rules of the Wholesale Market of the Electric Power Industry in the Transient Period

The state regulation in the electric power industry may apply not only in the sphere of activities of subjects of natural monopolies.

Order of the Federal Customs Service, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Power Supplies of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for Use of Subsoil Resources No. 1998/471/1088/196 of November 3, 2009 on the Particulars of the Customs Registration and Customs Control in the Cases of Export from the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation of Raw Oil Classified under Subheading 2709 00 900 1 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of Russia

Specifies the particulars of the customs registration and customs control in the cases of export of raw oil extracted in 13 deposits in the Eastern Siberia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 934 of November 16, 2009 on the Reimbursement of the Damage Incurred by Transport Vehicles Carrying Heavy Cargo over Highways of the Russian Federation

Carrying heavy cargo requires a special permission including reimbursement of the damage to highways.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 927 of November 14, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 594 of June 26, 1995

Refines the procedure of working out and implementation of the federal and international targeted programs involving the Russian Federation.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/879@ of November 20, 2009 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for October 2009

Provides information necessary for the calculation of the tax on extraction of mineral resources for oil for October 2009.

Federal Law No. 261-FZ of November 23, 2009 on the Power Saving and Improvement of Power Efficiency and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Endorses the fundamentals of promotion of power saving and improvement of power efficiency.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of November 24, 2009

From November 25, 2009, the rate of refinancing is reduced from 9.5% to 9% annual. The same figure is used to reduce the interest rates for operations of the Central Bank of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 940 of November 14, 2009 on the Prolongation of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Combines

From February 14, 2009, introduces a uniform rate of import customs duty for grain and silage harvesting combines.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 757 of October 12, 2009 on the Invalidation of the Normative Legal Act of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

Invalidates the order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia having endorsed the manual on the organisation of work of the bodies of internal affairs of Russia to expel foreigners or stateless persons.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 819n of October 9, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Rendering Medical Aid through Transplantation of Organs

Endorses the above procedures.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2336-U of November 24, 2009 on the Rate of Refinancing of the Bank of Russia

Reduces the rate of refinancing of the Bank of Russia for the ninth time during the current year.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communication of the Russian Federation No. 139 of November 3, 2009 on the Regulation of the Ministry of Mass Communication of the Russian Federation

Specifies the internal procedure of organisation of activities of the Ministry of Mass Communication of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 815n of October 6, 2009 on the Amendments to the Appendix to the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 778n of December 26, 2008 on the Distribution Among the Subjects of the Russian Federation of the Quota for Invitations to Foreign Citizens to Enter the Russian Federation for the Purposes of Employment Endorsed by the Government of the Russian Federation for the Year 2009

Adjusts the quotas for invitations for foreigners to enter Russia for the purposes of employment.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 945 of November 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Employment without Permissions for Foreigners Participating in the Organisation of the Meeting of the Heads of States and Governments of the Participating Countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in 2012

Foreigners participating in the organisation of the summit may be employed without obtaining employment permissions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 944 of November 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the List of the Types of Activities in the Sphere of Public Health, Education and Social Sphere Carried out by Legal Entities and Independent Entrepreneurs for Whom Planned Checks of Fixed Periods Apply

Endorses the list of the types of activities where planned checks of fixed periods apply.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 943 of November 23, 2009 on the Measures of Protection of Russian Producers of Flatware

Introduces for 3 years a special duty for imported flatware of corrosion-resistant steel.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 942 of November 23, 2009 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Flatware

Introduces for 9 months combined rates of import customs duties for individual types of flatware.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1758-r of November 23, 2009

Specifies the quota for permissions for temporary stay in the Russian Federation for foreign citizens and stateless persons in 2010.

Federal Law No. 281-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Amendments to Parts 1 and 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legal Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the calculation of the value added tax, income tax from natural persons and the profit tax for operations with financial instruments of futures transactions (derivates) and for REPO operations.

Federal Law No. 280-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 4 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Article 11 of the Federal Law on the Insurance of Deposits of Natural Persons in the Banks of the Russian Federation and Some Other Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Prolongs until December 31, 2010 the authority of the Bank of Russia to restrict the rates for deposits.

Federal Law No. 279-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 3 of the Federal Law on the Additional Measures of Support of the Financial System of the Russian Federation

Prolongs for one year the mechanism of compensation to banks of losses in individual transactions at the interbank market.

Federal Law No. 275-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 346.5 and 346.6 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

The amendments refine the list of expenses taken into account in the determination of the taxable base for the uniform agricultural tax.

Federal Law No. 273-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 3.2 of the Federal Law on the Entry into Force of the City Planning Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Terminates from January 1, 2010 licenses for construction activities.

Federal Law No. 266-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Personal Information in the Issues of Implementation of International Treaties of the Russian Federation on the Readmission

Removes legal gaps in the issues of Russia|s obligations in the framework of international treaties on readmission.

Federal Law No. 262-FZ of November 25, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Korea on the Simplification of the Procedure of Issuance of Visas in the Cases of Short-Term Mutual Trips of Citizens

Ratifies the Russian-Korean agreement signed in Moscow on September 29, 2008.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 954 of November 26, 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 it exported outside the member-states of the Customs Unions agreements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 953 of November 24, 2009 on the Access to Information on the Work of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Federal Bodies of Executive Power

Endorses a new list of information on the work of the Government of the Russian Federation that must be placed in the Internet on the obligatory basis.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1715-r of November 13, 2009

Endorses the Power-Supply Strategy of Russia until 3020.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-257/pz of October 20, 2009 on the Amendments to the Composition of Information on the Work of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia Placed on the Internet Site of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia Endorsed by the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 07-247/pz of December 13, 2007

Adjusts the composition of the information on the work of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia placed in the Internet.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 137 of August 19, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Closing of Public-Use Railways, Including the Low-Intensity Lines and Parts Thereof

The Ministry of Transport of Russia specifies the above procedure in their sphere of reference.

Federal Law No. 288-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Terms and Procedure of Application in Exclusive Cases of the Rates of Import Customs Duties Other Than Those of the Joint Customs Tariff

Ratifies the protocol specifying the terms and procedure of application in exclusive cases of the rates of export customs duties other than those of the Joint Customs Tariff.

Federal Law No. 284-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendments to Chapter 30 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the taxation of the property included in the Joint Gas-Supply System.

Federal Law No. 283-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Recommends calculation of the property tax from natural persons proceeding from the total inventory cost of objects of taxation.

Federal Law No. 282-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendments to Chapters 22 and 28 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Changes the rules of generation of the rates of transport tax and specifies the rates of excise duties for the years 2010-2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 956 of November 26, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 609 of October 12, 2005

Refines certain provisions of the technical regulation on the requirements to the hazardous (pollutant) exhaust gases of automobiles released for circulation on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 1560 of August 25, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Check the Documents and Information after Release of Commodities and/or Transport Vehicles

One of the forms of the customs control is the checking of the documents and information presented at the customs registration of commodities and transport vehicles to verify their authenticity.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 134 of November 5, 2009 on Some Issues of Application of the Federal Law on the Particulars of Alienation of Immovable Property Owned by the Subjects of the Russian Federation or Municipal Formations and Leased by Small and Medium-Size Businesses and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The law No. 159-FZ of July 22, 2008 grants a priority right for small and medium-size businesses to purchase regional and municipal immovable property leased by them.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-11-11/216 of November 27, 2009

Examines the issue of application in 2010 of the deflator coefficient K1 in the calculation of the uniform imputed income tax.

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