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Federal Law No. 305-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 14.28 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Introduces responsibility for the attraction of momentary resources of citizens by the person who does not have rights for this.

Federal Law No. 304-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Procedure of Introduction and Application of Measures Pertaining to Foreign Trade for Commodities on the Single Customs Territory for Third Countries

The agreement was signed in Moscow on June 9, 2009 between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Federal Law No. 302-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Protocol on Tariff Exemptions

Tariff exemptions are permitted at the decision of the Customs Union Commission.

Federal Law No. 301-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Uniform System of Tariff Preferences of the Customs Union

The protocol was signed by the heads of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus on December 12, 2008.

Federal Law No. 300-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Rules of Licensing in the Sphere of Foreign Trade

The agreement was signed on June 9, 2009 between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Federal Law No. 299-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Korean People|s Democratic Republic on the Interim Employment of Citizens of One State on the Territory of the Other State

The agreement was signed in Moscow on August 31, 2007.

Federal Law No. 297-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Insurance Tariff Rates for Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases for the Year 2010 and for the Planned Period of 2011 and 2012

Preserves 32 insurance tariff rates differentiated by the types of economic activities.

Federal Law No. 295-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Invalidation of Individual Provisions of Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Invalidates individual norms of the law on the obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

Federal Law No. 291-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Terms and Mechanism of Application of Tariff Quotas

The agreement was signed on December 12, 2008 between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Federal Law No. 290-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 334 of the Customs Code of the Russian Federation

Extends the list of the reasons permitting to grant a respite or extension schedule for the payment of duties, taxes.

Federal Law No. 289-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Activities of Acceptance of Payments of Natural Persons Carried out by Paying Agents and the Federal Law on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Activities of Acceptance of Payments of Natural Persons Carried out by Paying Agents

All pay terminals and cash dispensers must have fiscal memory and control tape.

Federal Law No. 287-FZ of November 28, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 149 and 162 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Extends the list of operations exempted from VAT.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 116n of November 11, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 88n of September 1, 2008

Prolongs until January 1, 2011 general permissions for the opening of accounts in the territorial bodies of the Federal Treasury to register resources from profitable activities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 959 of November 28, 2009 on the Interim Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Rolled Stock and Pipes of Ferrous Metals

Prolongs for 9 months more increased rates of import customs duties for individual types of rolled stock and pipes of ferrous metals.

Federal Law No. 309-FZ of December 2, 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

The Government of the Russian Federation is permitted to allocate resources envisaged for the increase of capitalisation of banks also to implement measures of support of financial market, labour market and industries, measures of social policies.

Federal Law No. 308-FZ of December 2, 2009 on the Federal Budget for the Year 2010 and for the Planned Period of 2011 and 2012

The total volume of incomes of the federal budget for the year 2010 is planned at the level of Rbl 6,950 billion, for the year 2011 - Rbl 7,456 billion, for the year 2012 - Rbl 8,070 billion. The volume of expenses for these years will make Rbl 9,887, Rbl 9,390 and Rbl 9,681 respectively.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 960 of November 28, 2009 on the Amendments to the List of Technological Equipment (Including Component and Spare Parts for It) the Analogues of Which Are Not Produced in the Russian Federation and Exempted from the Value Added Tax in the Cases of Import to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

Refines the list of equipment that is not produced in Russia and exempted from VAT at import.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 963 of November 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Quota for Invitations for Foreign Citizens for 2010 to Enter the Russian Federation for the Purposes of Employment

Specifies the quota for invitations for foreign citizens to enter Russia for the purposes of employment in 2010 in the amount of 611,080.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 962 of November 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Quota for Employment Permissions for Foreign Citizens in 2010

Endorses the quota for employment permissions for foreigners in 2010 in the amount of 1,944,356.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 961 of November 28, 299 on the Demand for Foreign Workforce in the Russian Federation in 2010

The demand for foreign workforce in Russia in 2010 makes 1,944,356 persons.

Information of the Federal Tax Service of October 29, 2009 on the Federal Law No. 312-FZ of December 30, 2008

Federal Law No. 312-FZ of December 30, 2008 is widely interpreted in mass media as a law of re-registration of limited-liability companies, however, the main goal of the amendments is combating corporate take-overs, protection of rights and legal interests of participants of limited-liability companies and their investors.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 986 of December 3, 2009 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation for Individual Types of Flat Cold-Rolled Stock

Introduces on the permanent basis the 5% rate of import customs duty for the flat rolled stock of iron and non-alloyed steel for industrial assembly of motor vehicles.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 984 of December 2, 2009 on the List of Paid Services Rendered by Organisations for the Purposes of State Services Provided by the Federal Bodies of Executive Power

Introduces an exhaustive list of paid services rendered for the purposes of state services provided by the federal bodies of executive power.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 416 of October 19, 2009 on the List of the Types and Composition of Information of Cadastral Maps

Cadastral maps may be of several types.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 177 of October 9, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Typical Scheme of Organisation of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation of People, Transport Vehicles, Cargo, Goods and Animals in the Points of Transfer of Automobiles

Endorses the above typical scheme.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 1883 of October 15, 2009 on the Requirements to the Description of Individual Categories of Commodities in Column 31 of the Cargo Customs Declaration

Introduces a new list of commodities that must meet special requirements to their description in Column 31 of the cargo customs declaration.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/915@ of December 4, 2009 on the Information for Taxpayer on the Right of Use of the Simplified System of Taxation and the Uniform Agricultural Tax

If a taxpayer sends a letter to the Federal Tax Service of Russia asking to confirm the fact of use of the simplified system of taxation, the tax body must inform him of it in writing in a free form. The same applies to the use of the uniform agricultural tax.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/906@ of December 2, 2009 on the Procedure of Application of the Simplified System of Taxation and the System of Taxation in the Form of the Uniform Imputed Income Tax for Individual Types of Activities

Taxpayers using the simplified system of taxation and having engaged in activities subject to the uniform imputed income tax preserve the right of use of the simplified system of taxation.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 526 of October 30, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Reports for the Year 2009

In 2009, the subjects of the Russian Federation got subsidies from the federal budget to support agriculture.

Order of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Control over Circulation of Narcotics No. 473 of October 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Control over Circulation of Narcotics on the Execution of the State Function of Carrying out Checks in the Course of the State Control (Enforcement) in the Sphere of Activities Pertaining to Circulation of Precursors of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Specifies the procedure of carrying out checks of organisations whose activities are associated with circulation of precursors of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (List IV).

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-6/475@ of September 28, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Reports of Banks of the Opening (Closing) of the Account, Changing Account Details

The banks must report to the tax body the opening (closing) of the account, change of account details of the organisation (individual entrepreneur) within 5 days.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 873 of November 16, 2009 on the Additional Payments to Individual Categories of Servicemen of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

From January 1, 2010, contract servicemen of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia get a monthly supplement for work with personnel.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 352 of September 28, 2009 on the Implementation of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 699 of August 28, 2009

The Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation changed the time limits and terms of the experiment of state support of students in the form of educational credits.

Customs Code of the Customs Union

Customs Code has been worked out in the framework of the treaty on the single customs territory and the forming of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 996 of December 10, 2009 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

Adjusts the volumes of subsidies allocated to individual organisations to support them in the presence of the financial crisis.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Joint List of Products Subject to Obligatory Certification and the Joint List of Products Requiring a Declaration of Compliance

Endorses the joint lists of products requiring obligatory certification and those requiring a declaration of compliance.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-05-06-04/401 of December 3, 2009 on the Rates of Transport Tax Fixed by the Legislative (Representative) Bodies of the Subjects of the Russian Federation

Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation entering into force from January 1, 2010 permit the regions to increase (reduce) the basic rates of transport tax.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 19-P of December 8, 2009 on the Case of Constitutionality of Subitem 4 of Article 15 of the Federal Law on the Procedure of Entry to the Russian Federation and Exit from the Russian Federation Pursuant to Appeals of Citizens V.F.Aldoshina and T.S.-M.Idalov

The appeals challenged the norms envisaging opportunities of temporary restriction of exit from Russia for citizens convicted for crimes.

Order of the Federal Service for Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 17n of November 30, 2009 on the Introduction and Entry into Force from January 1, 2010 of the Minimum Price for Vodka for Retail Trade

From January 1, 2010, introduces the minimum price for home-made and imported vodka for retail trade.

Letter of the Department of Administration of Insurance Contributions of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation No. 30/187 of December 8, 2009 ~Specimens for Filling in the Payment Orders and KBK Codes~

From January 1, 2010, the uniform social tax is replaced with insurance contributions for particular types of social insurance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1007 of December 14, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Functional Zones in Forest Park Zones, the Area and Boundaries of Forest Park Zones, Greenbelts

Forest park zones are arranged to assist leisure of population, preserve natural landscapes.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1009 of December 14, 2009 on the Procedure for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation to Implement Jointly the Functions of Normative and Legal Regulation in the Sphere of Control of Quality and Safety of Foodstuffs and Organisation of Such Control

Distributes the functions of normative and legal regulation in the sphere of control of quality and safety of foodstuffs and organisation of such control.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1010 of December 14, 2009 on the Endorsement of the List of Commodities Moved Across the Customs Border of the Russian Federation for Their Use to Carry out the XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Winter Paralympic Games of 2014 in the City of Sochi Exempted from the Value Added Tax at Import to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

Such commodities imported to Russia (except for excisable ones) are exempted from VAT according to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 325-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 107 of the Criminal Execution Code of the Russian Federation and Articles 100 and 111 of the Federal Law on the Executive Proceedings

The amendments pertain to the order of satisfaction of claims for the writs of execution.

Federal Law No. 323-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 20.6 and 20.7 of the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy) and Article 4 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy)

Refines the provisions of some legislative acts on insolvency (bankruptcy).

Federal Law No. 320-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 24 of the Federal Law on Advertising

Introduces restrictions on advertising of abortions.

Federal Law No. 318-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Parts 1 and 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Introduction of the Declarative Procedure of Reimbursement of the Value Added Tax

Envisages a declarative procedure of reimbursement of VAT.

Federal Law No. 316-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the use of resources of the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector.

Federal Law No. 314-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pertaining to the Federal Law on the Federal Budget for the Year 2010 and for the Planned Period of 2011 and 2012

The amendments are stipulated by the adoption of the federal budget for the years 2010-2012.

Federal Law No. 313-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Suspension of Individual Provisions of Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Federal Budget for the Year 2010 and for the Planned Period of 2011 and 2012

Suspends individual provisions of some legislative acts until January 1, 2011 to reduce expenses of the federal budget.

Federal Law No. 310-FZ of December 17, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Part 1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the redrawing of the charters of limited-liability companies.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1021 of December 16, 2009 on the Import of Beef, Pork and Poultry Meat in 2010-2012

Specifies tariff quotas for the import of beef, pork and poultry meat for the years 2010-2012 that do not apply to the products originating in CIS member-states.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1019 of December 16, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rate of Import Customs Duty for Soybean Meal

Introduces on the permanent basis a 5-percent rate of import customs duty for soybean meal.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1018 of December 16, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Butter and Individual Types of Dairy Products

Increases the amount of the specific component of the combined import duty for butter, pastes and other fats of milk.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1017 of December 16, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Non-Alloyed Nickel Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreement

Increases from 0% to 5% the rate of the customs duty for non-alloyed nickel (code according to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of Russia 7502 10 000 0) exported from the territory of the Russian Federation outside the member-states of the Customs Union agreement.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1016 of December 16, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Milk and Cream

Introduces on the permanent basis an increased rate of import customs duty for milk and cream (code according to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of Russia 0402) in the amount of 20% of the customs cost.

Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 861-rp of December 17, 2009 on the Climatic Doctrine of the Russian Federation

The Climatic Doctrine is a system of views on the goals, principles, essence and ways of implementation of the uniform state policy of Russia on the issues of change of climate and its consequences.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 377-t/15 of December 11, 2009 on the Indexing of Tariff Rates for the Services of Use of the Infrastructure of the Public-Use Railway Transport Rendered by the OAO Russian Railways in Suburban Passenger Transportation in Own (Leased) Rolling Stock

The basic rates are indexed by 12%.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 376-t/14 of December 11, 2009 on the Indexing of the Fees and Payment for the Works and Services in the Sphere of Railway Transportation of Passengers, Luggage, Cargo, As Well As the Storage of the Mentioned Items

Indexes the basic rates of payment and fees for the services and works in the sphere of railway transportation of passengers, luggage, cargo, as well as the storage of the mentioned items.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 370-t/8 of December 11, 2009 on the Amendments to the Orders of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates Nos. 379-t/10 of December 17, 2008, 429-t/4 of December 24, 2008, 475-t/2 of December 30, 2008, 16-t/1 of February 20, 2009, 115-t/1 of June 5, 2009, 118-t/3 of June 10, 2009, 180-t/1 of August 7, 2009, 191-t/4 of August 14, 2009, 218-t/1 of September 26, 2009

Prolongs until March 31, 2010 the exclusive tariff rates (in the form of coefficients to the general tariff rates) for transportation of individual categories of commodities by railways.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 368-t/6 of December 11, 2009 on the Indexing of Tariff Rates, Fees and Payment for the Railway Cargo Transportation

Increases tariff rates, fees and payment for the railway cargo transportation.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 442-a of December 11, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Method for the Bodies of Executive Power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation to Determine the Limiting Wholesale and Limiting Retail-Trade Mark-Ups to the Actual Producer Release Prices for the Vital and Most Important Medicines

Works out a procedure for the regional bodies of executive power to determine the limiting wholesale and retail-trade mark-ups to the actual producer release prices for the vital and most important medicines.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1022 of December 16, 2009 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 980 of December 29, 2007

Specifies the procedure of forming and state regulation of tariff rates or their limiting levels for the services of subjects of natural monopolies in transportation of oil over mainlines forming part of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific system.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1031 of December 16, 2009 on the Permissible Share of Foreign Workforce for the Year 2010 Used by Economic Subjects Engaged in Activities in the Sphere of Retail Trade and in the Sphere of Sports on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the permissible share of foreign workforce in the sphere of retail trade and sports for the year 2010.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1996-r of December 17, 2009 on the List of Commodities, Works, Services Where the Orders for the Federal Needs Are Placed through an Open Auction in the Electronic Form from January 1 to June 30, 2010

Such lists are specified by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-53/pz-n of December 10, 2009 on the Amendments to the List of Issuers Registered in the Federal Service for Financial Markets Endorsed by the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 08-42/pz-n of October 28, 2008

23 organisations are included in the list and 45 are excluded.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-32/pz-n of August 13, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Amount and Procedure of Calculation of Own Resources of the Joint-Stock Investment Fund

The amount of own resources of the joint-stock investment fund as of the date of submission of documents for the license must be at least Rbl 35 million (earlier, Rbl 5 million).

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2332-U of November 12, 2009 on the List, Forms and Procedure of Drawing up and Submission of the Forms of Reports of Credit Organisations to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Provides a new wording for the forms of reports of credit organisations.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/963@ of December 21, 2009 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for November 2009

Increases the rate of the tax on extraction of mineral resources for oil because of the growth of prices for oil.

Federal Law No. 337-FZ of December 21, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry to the Russian Federation

Improves the procedure of drawing up of the main personal identification documents of Russian citizens abroad.

Federal Law No. 336-FZ of December 21, 2009 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Introduces responsibility for the violation of the aviation safety requirements.

Federal Law No. 334-FZ of December 21, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments are expected to improve the quality of services of state registration.

Federal Law No. 332-FZ of December 21, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Iceland on the Simplification of Issuance of Visas to the Citizens of the Russian Federation and Iceland

The agreement was signed in New York on September 24, 2008.

Federal Law No. 331-FZ of December 21, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 11 of the Federal Law on the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry to the Russian Federation

The amendments envisage withdrawal of the old foreign passport at the moment of issuance of the new one.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1037 of December 18, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Import Customs Duties for Individual Types of Clothes of Natural Fur

Introduces on the permanent basis reduced rates of import customs duties for clothes of natural fur.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1993-r of December 17, 2009

Endorses a summary list of priority state and municipal services provided in the electronic form by the bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation and the bodies of local government, as well as their institutions.

Decree of the Supreme State Council of the Union State No. 3 of December 10, 2009 on the Budget of the Union State for the Year 2010

Endorses the budget of the Union State for the year 2010.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 119n of November 19, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 137n of December 8, 2008 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Uniform Imputed Income Tax for Individual Types of Activities and Its Filling Procedure

From January 1, 2010, the uniform social tax is replaced with insurance contributions for particular types of social insurance.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 895n of November 12, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of Estimate of Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Pension Insurance to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Medical Insurance to the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance Accrued with and Paid by the Payers of Insurance Contributions That Do Not Make Payments and Do Not Pay out Other Rewards to Natural Persons

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

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the Federal Customs Service No. 542/2013 of November 5, 2009 on the Veterinary and Sanitary Requirements to Temporary Storage Warehouses and Customs Warehouses

Introduces the veterinary and sanitary requirements to temporary storage warehouses and customs warehouses.

Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 18097/103 of October 15, 2009 on the Amendments to the List of Foreign States Whose Citizens and/or Organisations Accredited in the Russian Federation Are Exempted from the Value Added Tax in the Cases of Leasing of Space on the Territory of the Russian Federation Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 6498/40 of May 8, 2007

The rule applies on the reciprocity basis or if such norm is envisaged in the international treaty of the Russian Federation.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2342-U of November 25, 2009 on the Amendments to the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 28-I of September 14, 2006 on the Opening and Closing of Bank Accounts, Deposit Accounts

Adjusts the instruction specifying the procedure of opening and closing of bank accounts and deposit accounts of legal entities and natural persons in the currency of the Russian Federation and foreign currencies.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1071 of December 23, 2009 on the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Individual Types of Rough Wood Exported Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Suspends until January 1, 2011 increase of the export duties for individual types of rough wood.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1052 of December 22, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Fire Safety Requirements in the Course of Distribution and Use of Pyrotechnic Items

Introduces the main rules of conduct in the course of storage, sale and use of pyrotechnic of items of household destination.

Order of the Federal Treasury No. 12n of December 10, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Treasury No. 7n of October 7, 2008 on the Procedure of Opening and Keeping of Personal Accounts by the Federal Treasury and Its Territorial Bodies

The state company Avtodor may open personal accounts in the Federal Treasury and payment accounts in the banks and other credit organisations.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. 2116 of November 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Act of Verification of Advance Payments

The customs body must present a report of the use of resources of transferred advance payments if the payer demands so.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 474 of October 13, 2009 on the Subordinate Federal State Institution Authorised to Carry out a Check of the Estimated Cost of Objects of Capital Construction Financed While Attracting Resources of the Federal Budget

From January 1, 2010, introduces the checking of the estimated cost of objects of capital construction financed from the federal budget.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 72 of December 8, 2009 on the Measures to Stop Circulation of Smoking Mixtures on the Territory of the Russian Federation

The bodies of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being withdraw from circulation all smoking mixtures.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of December 25, 2009

The rate of refinancing and the interest rates for individual operations of the Bank of Russia are reduced from December 28, 2009 by 0.25 percentage points.

Federal Law No. 374-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 45 of Part 1 and Chapter 25.3 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation, As Well As on the Invalidation of the Federal Law on the Fees for the Issuance of Licenses for the Types of Activities Pertaining to Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products

Refines the list and amounts of the state duty for committing legally significant actions.

Federal Law No. 371-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Mongolia on the Activities of the Russian-Mongolian Limited-Liability Company Mongolrostsvetmet

The agreement is expected to create a more efficient production through introduction of advanced technologies.

Federal Law No. 369-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on the Joint Protection of the Outer Border of the Union State in the Air and on the Creation of the Joint Regional Air Defence System of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus

The agreement was signed in Moscow on February 3, 2009.

Federal Law No. 368-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and the Federal Law 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 and on the Invalidation of Individual Provisions of the Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Suggests new procedures of accounting work for profit taxation purposes from January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Federal Law No. 349-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Ratification of the Treaty of the Member-States of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Criminal Incomes and Financing of Terrorism

The treaty was signed in Dushanbe on October 5, 2007.

Federal Law No. 348-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 7 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in View of the Additional Authority Vested in the State Corporation of Assistance of Development, Production and Export of Hi-Tech Industrial Products Rostekhnologii and the Forming of Its Property

According to the law on joint-stock companies, the person buying more than 30% of the total number of stocks must send an offer to the rest of stock-holders to buy out their stocks. This rule does not apply in the case of state corporations to form the property at the expense of Russia.

Federal Law No. 347-FZ of December 27, 2009 ~Technical Regulation on the Safety of Low-Voltage Equipment~

The technical regulation contain obligatory requirements to low-voltage equipment produced in Russia.

Federal Law No. 344-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 27 of the Federal Law on the Obligatory Insurance of Civil Liabilities of Owners of Transport Vehicles

Two reserves are formed by the Professional Association of Insurers.

Federal Law No. 343-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Improves activities of the Federal Fund of Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction.

Federal Law No. 342-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 2 and 3 of the Federal Law on the Entry into Force of the Land Code of the Russian Federation and Article 7 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Refining the Conditions and Procedure of Purchase of Rights for the Land Plots Available in the State or Municipal Property

Extends until January 1, 2012 the time limit for the purchase of state or municipal land plots at the prices fixed by the regions.

Federal Law No. 340-FZ of December 25, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Special Economic Zones in the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Improves the mechanism of creation and functioning of special economic zones.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1083 of December 24, 2009 on the Amendments to Some Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation

Revises the amount of assets of financial organisations requiring to obtain a preliminary consent of the anti-monopoly body.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1082 of December 24, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Pyrotechnic Compounds and Items Containing Them

Specifies the requirements to the safety of pyrotechnic items.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1045 of December 21, 2009 on the Amendments to the Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Introduction of the Particulars of Functioning of the Wholesale Market of Electric Power in the Transient Period and Price Forming for the Services of Transfer of Electric Power over the Joint National (All-Russia) Electric Network

Introduces a separate mechanism of trade at the wholesale market for the electric energy and power in the transient period.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 447 of November 3, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Declaration on the Object of Immovable Property

Registration of the proprietary right for some objects requires only a document conforming the fact of creation and the document of title for the land plot.

Federal Law No. 380-FZ of December 28, 2009 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Refines admissibility of cases of administrative violations.

Federal Law No. 366-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 2 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Items and on the Invalidation of Individual Provisions of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Items

Shifts to March 1, 2010 the deadline entering into force the requirement of full processing of draff in production of ethyl alcohol.

Federal Law No. 365-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in View of the Improvement of Activities of the Bodies of State Power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and the Bodies of Local Government

The amendments pertain to protection of rights of legal entities and entrepreneurs in the course of checks.

Federal Law No. 364-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the use, protection, reproduction, prospecting and development of natural resources of internal sea waters, territorial sea, adjacent zone, exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 363-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 19 and 25 of the Federal Law on the Personal Information

Excludes the requirement of the use of the means of encoding in the course of processing of personal information.

Federal Law No. 362-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 8 and 26 of the Federal Law on the Obligatory Insurance of Civil Liabilities of Owners of Transport Vehicles

Refines the procedure of determination of the structure of insurer expenses for the obligatory insurance of civil liabilities of owners of transport vehicles.

Federal Law No. 361-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Additional Measures of Support of the Financial System of the Russian Federation

The goal of the changes is further support of the financial system in the presence of the crisis.

Federal Law No. 360-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendment to Article 8 of the Federal Law on the Status of the Science Town of the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of granting of state support to Russian science towns.

Federal Law No. 358-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law on the Science and State Scientific and Technical Policy

Refines the terms of assigning of the status of a state scientific centre to a science organisation.

Federal Law No. 354-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Articles 14, 33, 36 of the Federal Law on Advertising

Introduces certain restrictions for the federal TV channels to choose contractors to conclude contracts of dissemination of TV promotion materials.

Federal Law No. 352-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Revising Restrictions for Economic Companies in the Forming of the Registered Capital, Revising the Methods of Protection of Rights of Creditors in the Cases of Reduction of the Registered Capital, Changing the Requirements to Economic Companies in the Cases of Incompliance of the Registered Capital with the Cost of Net Assets, Revising the Restrictions Pertaining to Issuance of Bonds by Economic Companies

In the cases of increase of the registered capital, limited-liability companies are permitted to offset monetary claims to the company as contributions. Joint-stock companies may increase the registered capital to cover their losses.

Federal Law No. 351-FZ of December 27, 2009 on the Amendments to Article 3 of the Federal Law on the Entry into Force of the Land Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments shift the deadline for the land disposal prohibitions from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2012.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2330-U of November 11, 2009 on the Procedure to Introduce a Prohibition to Attract Monetary Resources of Natural Persons in Deposits and Open Bank Accounts for Natural Persons

Specifies a new procedure for the Bank of Russia to introduce a prohibition to attract in deposits monetary resources of natural persons and open bank accounts to citizens for the bank registered in the deposit insurance system.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1091 of December 25, 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

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

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