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Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1097 of December 29, 2009 on the Particulars of Registration in the Territorial Bodies of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation of Individual Categories of Payers of Insurance Contributions

From 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. 957n of December 7, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used to Control the Payment of Insurance Contributions

From 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. 1132 of December 30, 2009 on the Authorised Federal Body of Executive Power Specifying the Official Site of the Russian Federation in the Internet to Place Information on the Contests or Auctions for the Right to Conclude Contracts for the Federal Property and the Official Printed Source to Publish Notifications of Contests or Auctions and Amendments to Them, As Well As the Notifications of the Refusal to Carry out Contests or Auctions

From January 1, 2011, this function is vested in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2135-r of December 30, 2009

Specifies a new list of vital and most important medicines.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1095 of December 29, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting Subsidies in 2010 to Organisations of the Air Transport to Ensure Affordability of Air Travel for Passengers from the Far East to the European Part of the Country and Back

From 2010, allocates subsidies from the federal budget to Russian air carriers delivering passengers from the Far East to the European part of the country and back.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1010n of December 22, 2009 on the Endorsement of the List of Professions (Specialities, Positions) for Foreign Citizens out of Skilled Specialists Employed in Their Profession (Speciality) and Exempted from Quotas for the Year 2010

Specifies the list of professions (specialities, positions) exempted from employment quotas in Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1008n of December 22, 2009 on the Distribution among the Subjects of the Russian Federation of the Quota for Employment Permissions for Foreign Citizens Endorsed by the Government of the Russian Federation for the Year 2010

The quota for employment permissions for foreigners makes 1,944,356 in 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1194 of December 31, 2009 on the Experiment of Promotion of the Purchase of New Automobiles in Replacement of Those Removed from Operation and Handed over for Utilisation, As Well As to Create a System of Collection and Utilisation of Automobiles Removed from Operation in the Russian Federation

Discounts in the amount of Rbl 50,000 are granted to natural persons buying a new automobile in replacement of the old one.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 951n of December 4, 2009 on the Endorsement of the List of Documents to Be Submitted by the Insurant to Obtain a Decision of the Territorial Body of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation to Allocate Necessary Resources to Pay out Insurance Support

Temporary disability, maternity, child care and other allowances are implied.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 403 of November 19, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Notary Proceedings

Introduces uniform rules of notary record keeping.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 871n of November 6, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Estimate for the Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity and for Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases, As Well As Expenses to Pay out Insurance Support

Endorses a new form - 4 FSS RF.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 601n of August 20, 2009 on the Amendments to the Methodology Directions on the Implementation by the Bodies of State Power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation of the Handed over Authority of the Russian Federation to License Pharmacy Activities Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 263n of June 6, 2008

The methodology directions are being brought in compliance with the law on the protection of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in the course of state control.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-07-15/01 of January 13, 2010

In October 2009, the Ministry of Finance of Russia endorsed a new form of the tax declaration for the value added tax reflecting the latest changes in the legislation

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1140 of December 30, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Standards of Disclosing of Information by Organisations of the Communal Complex and Subjects of Natural Monopolies Rendering Services of Transfer of Thermal Energy

Organisations of the communal complex and subjects of natural monopolies must provide information on commodities and services where the prices are relegated by the state.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1202 of December 31, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules for Making Budget Investments in 2010 in the Objects of Capital Construction Owned by the Russian Federation in the Form of Capital Investments in the Fixed Assets of Federal State Unitary Enterprises

Specifies the procedure for making capital investments in 2010 in the federal objects of capital construction.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1193 of December 31, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules to Grant Subsidies from the Federal Budget to Legal Entities for Collection, Processing, Utilisation and Storage of Radio Active Waste

Specifies the procedure for granting subsides to reimburse part of expenses for collection, processing, utilisation or storage of radio active waste received from federal enterprises.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Federal Customs Service No. 1035n/1203/2377 of December 23, 2009 on the Information on the Actual Prices for the Vital and Most Important Medicines of Foreign Producers and Volumes of Their Import to the Territory of the Russian Federation, As Well As on the Actual Release Prices, Volumes of Production and Dispatching of the Vital and Most Important Medicines of Russian Producers

Endorses the form to submit information on the actual prices for imported vital and most important medicines and volumes of their import to Russia, as well as the actual release prices, volumes of production and dispatching of home-made vital and most important medicines.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 587 of December 16, 2009 on the Limiting Levels of Maximum Prices for Grain in the Course of State Commodity Interventions in 2009-2010.

Specifies the above levels of maximum prices for bread grain in 2009-2010 permitting state commodity interventions.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 979n of December 11, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of Documents Used for Off-Setting or Return of Amounts of Excessively Paid (Collected) Insurance Contributions

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

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 346-e/3 of December 4, 2009 on the Endorsement of Tariff Rates for Electric Energy and Power Sold (Purchased) at the Wholesale Market at Regulated Prices (Tariff Rates) for Import (Export) to Power Supply Systems of Foreign States

Tariff rates for the above purposes are specified by the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 345-e/2 of December 4, 2009 on the Endorsement of Tariff Rates for Electric Energy (Power) Sold (Purchased) at the Wholesale Market for Technological Support of Joint Operation of the Joint Power Supply System of Russia and Power Supply Systems of Foreign States

Introduces new tariff rates for the above purposes.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development No. 908n of November 18, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Registration of Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Social Insurance for the Cases of Temporary Disability, Maternity, Penalties and Fines, Expenses to Pay out Insurance Support and Estimates for the Resources of Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity

Insurants must keep records for the above cases.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 906n of November 17, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Organisation and Work of the Federal State Institutions of Medical and Social Expert Evaluation

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia endorsed a new procedure for such institutions.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/13@ of January 215, 2010 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for December 2009

Provides the above information.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2128-r of December 30, 2009 on the Concept of Implementation of the State Policy of Reduction of the Scale of Abuse of Alcoholic Products and Prevention of Alcoholism in the Russian Federation for the Period Until 2020

Specifies the goals, tasks and mechanisms of implementation of the state policy of reduction of the scale of abuse of alcoholic products and prevention of alcoholism in Russia for the period until 2020.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 959n of December 7, 2009 on the Procedure of Registration and Removal from Records of Insurants and Persons of Similar Status

Specifies the procedure of registration and removal from records as insurants in the bodies of the Social Insurance Fund of Russia.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 83 of January 19, 2010 on the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the North Caucasus Federal District

Assigns the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation who will also be the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the North Caucasus Federal District.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 91 of December 17, 2009 on the Procedure of Redemption of Expenses in the Case of Bankruptcy

Prepares new explanations on the issues of redemption of expenses in the case of bankruptcy stipulated by significant changes in the law on bankruptcy.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2353-U of December 1, 2009 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1612-U of August 31, 2005 on the Procedure to Send Requests and Get Information from the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories for the Credit History Subject and Credit History User by Appealing to Credit Organisation

Credit history subject (user) may get information on the credit history bureau keeping his credit history or on the absence of such information.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 6-T of January 14, 2010 on the Rates of Foreign Currencies to the Rouble That Are Not Fixed by the Bank of Russia

From 2010, the Central Bank of Russia stopped fixing official rates for 100 foreign currencies.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MN-22-3/33@ of January 20, 2010 on the Publication of the Order of the Ministry of Finance of Russia No. 104n of October 15, 2009

On January 20, 2010, the Ministry of Finance of Russia published the order having endorsed a new form of the declaration for VAT which is the last date to accept declarations for the IV quarter using the old form.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1148 of December 31, 2009 on the Procedure of Storage of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Specifies the storage procedure for narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances subject to control in Russia.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2233 of December 10, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Officials of the Customs Bodies to Carry out Customs Operations in the Course of Declaring and Release of Commodities and Transport Vehicles Placed in the Temporary Storage Warehouses Located in the Vicinity of the State Border of the Russian Federation

Specifies the particulars of the customs registration of commodities and transport vehicles placed in the temporary storage warehouses located in the vicinity of the state border.

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market and the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Sphere of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being No. 18n/726 of December 9, 2009 on the List of Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Raw Materials Used for Production of Ethyl Alcohol, Including the Denatured One

Specifies the list of nutrient and non-nutrient raw materials for production of ethyl alcohol, including the denatured one.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2183 of December 3, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Demand to Transfer Customs Payments

Introduces a new form of the demand to transfer customs payments.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2182 of December 3, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Direct Debit Decision

Introduces a new form of the direct debit decision.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2351-U of December 1, 2009 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1610-U of August 31, 2005 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 by Appealing to the Representation of the Bank of Russia in the Internet

Credit history subject (user) may get information on the credit history bureau keeping his credit history.

Order of the Federal Agency for the Use of Subsoil Resources No. 1165 of November 24, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Publication and Entry into Force of the Acts of the Federal Agency for the Use of Subsoil Resources Recognised by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation As Not Needing the State Registration

The acts of the Federal Agency for the Use of Subsoil Resources recognised by the Ministry of Justice of Russia as not needing the state registration must be published in the newspaper Rossiyskiye Nedra and simultaneously placed on the agency Internet site (www.rosnedra.com).

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-22-3/35@ of January 21, 2010 on the Declaration for the Income Tax from Natural Persons

Explains which form is to be used when submitting the declaration for the year 2009.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 18 of January 19, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Rendering Services to Organise the Travel of Transport Vehicles over the Paid Public-Use Highways of Federal Significance, Paid Parts of Such Highways

Works out the above rules.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 16 of January 19, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the State Accreditation of Educational Institutions and Scientific Organisations

Refines the procedure of state accreditation of educational institutions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 13 of January 19, 2010 on the Procedure of Use of Blank Passports of the Citizen of the Russian Federation, Diplomatic Passport of the Citizen of the Russian Federation and the Service Passport of the Citizen of the Russian Federation Identifying the Citizens of the Russian Federation Abroad and Containing Electronic Media

Amends the forms of blank foreign passports of new generation containing biometric information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1213 of December 24, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Means of Personal Protection

Introduces the minimum requirements to the safety of means of personal protection.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2184 of December 3, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Decision to Suspend Operations on the Account (Accounts) of the Payer of Customs Duties, Taxes (Organisations or Individual Entrepreneurs) in the Bank and the Decision to Renew Operations on the Account (Accounts) of the Payer of Customs Duties, Taxes (Organisations or Individual Entrepreneurs) in the Bank on Paper and the Procedure for the Customs Body to Send the Mentioned Decisions to the Bank

The above procedure is introduced by the amendments to the Customs Code of the Russian Federation having entered into force from October 1, 2009.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-49/pz-n of November 19, 2009 on the Procedure and Deadlines for Submission of Reports by Professional Participants of the Securities Market

Suggests a new regulation of the procedure of submission of reports by professional participants of the securities market.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 80 of January 18, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the President of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Anticorruption Expert Evaluation of the Normative Legal Acts and Draft Normative Legal Acts

Pursuant to the adoption of the law on the anticorruption expert evaluation of the normative legal acts and draft normative legal acts introduces amendments to some decrees of the President of the Russian Federation on the issues of work of the Ministry of Justice of Russia.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MN-22-6/50 of January 25, 2010 on the Increase of the Amount of State Duty for the State Registration of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs

Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation introduced in December 2009 increased amounts of state duties for the majority of committed legally significant actions, including the state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1042n of December 28, 2009 on the Solving of Disputes Emerging in the Course of the State Registration of the Limiting Producer Release Prices for the Vital and Most Important Medicines

A refusal to register the limiting release price may be appealed against in the interagency commission formed by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-05-06-03/02 of January 13, 2010

Explains which exemptions in the payment of the state duty apply to those appealing to courts of general jurisdiction, justices of the peace on issues of violation of consumer rights.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 32 of January 28, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Commodities of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of 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.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 29 of January 26, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulation on the Requirements to the Safety of Blood and Its Products, Blood Replacing Solutions and Technical Means Used in the Transfusion and Infusion Therapy

Specifies the safety requirements to the blood and its products, blood replacing solutions and technical means used in the transfusion and infusion therapy.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-3/708@ of December 22, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. SAE-3-04/706@ of October 13, 2006

Refines information of the codes of incomes and exemptions used to fill in the certificate of form 2-NDFL. Reflects the latest changes in the tax and pension legislation.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-45/pz-n of November 10, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Reduction (Restriction) of Risks in the Area of Trust Control of Assets of Investment Funds, the Placing of Resources of Pension Reserves, Investing of Resources of Accumulated Pensions and the Savings of the Housing Support for Servicemen, As Well As the Endorsement of the Changes to Some Normative Legal Acts of the Federal Service for Financial Markets

The risks of transactions with derivative financial instruments are implied.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 27 of January 26, 2010 on the Special Stamps to Label Tobacco Items

Introduces a new procedure of labelling of tobacco items pursuant to the adoption of the Technical Regulation for tobacco items.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1222 of December 31, 2009 on the Types and Characteristics of Goods Requiring Information on the Energy Efficiency Class To Be Placed in the Technical Documentation Supplies with Them, in Their Labels and on the Principles of Determination of the Energy Efficiency Class of the Commodity for Producers and Importers

Specifies the types of goods requiring information on the energy efficiency class.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1221 of December 31, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Rules to Specify Energy Efficiency Requirements for Commodities, Works, Services Ordered for the State or Municipal Needs

Orders for supplies of commodities, carrying out works and rendering services must be placed in compliance with the energy efficiency requirements.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 230 of December 10, 2009 on the Payments for the Transit Shipment of Cargo by the Railway Transport in International Transportation and the Currency of Payment for the 2010 Freight Year

The tariff policy of the railways of the CIS member-countries is used from January 1, 2010 for transit shipment of cargo by the Russian railways in international transportation for the 2010 freight year.

Federal Law No. 2-FZ of February 1, 2010 on the Ratification of the Convention on International Highway Transportation of Passengers and Cargo

The rules of the convention apply to the carriers of sides providing passenger and cargo bus transportation regardless of the country of registration.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 120 of January 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Doctrine of Foodstuff Safety of the Russian Federation

The goal is to provide safe agricultural, fish and other products to the population.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 9 of January 14, 2010 on the List of Models and Producers of New Russian-Made Automobiles to Be Sold with a Discount in the Framework of the Experiment to Promote the Sale of New Automobiles in Replacement of Those out of Operation and Handed over for Utilisation

In 2010, natural persons may get a discount of Rbl 50,000 in the case of purchase of a new vehicle.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 8 of January 14, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Carry out an Experiment to Promote the Purchase of New Automobiles in Replacement of Those out of Operation and Handed over for Utilisation

Specifies the functions of participants of the experiment and the requirements to the points of utilisation.

Letter of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 02-10/05-13656 of December 28, 2009

The banks must report within 5 days the opening or closing of the account.

Information on the Procedure of Transfer of Payments to the Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance from 2010

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

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 135n of December 16, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 54n of May 5, 2008 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Profit Tax from Organisations and Its Filling Procedure

Refines the form of the tax declaration to take account of the changes introduced in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation in 2009.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 114n of November 5, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Registration, Removal From Records in the Tax Bodies for Russian Organisations at the Place of Location of Their Separate Divisions, Their Owned Immovable Property and/or Transport Vehicles, Natural Persons out of Citizens of the Russian Federation, As Well As Individual Entrepreneurs Using the Simplified System of Taxation on the Basis of a Patent

Introduces the above procedure.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/990@ of December 30, 2009 on the Submission of Tax Declarations for the Profit Tax from Organisations in the Cases of Closing of the Principle Separate Division

If the taxpayer has several separate divisions on the territory of a region, the tax may be paid through one of them in the aggregate.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1225 of December 31, 2009 on the Requirements to the Regional and Municipal Programs in the Area of Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency

Such programs must contain target figures in the area of energy saving and improvement of energy efficiency, as well as the measures that can be implemented using extra-budgetary resources.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 145n of December 29, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Income Tax from Natural Persons (Form 3-NDFL) and Its Filing Procedure

Endorses a new form of the tax declaration for the income tax from natural persons (form 3-NDFL), which is stipulated by the changes in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 56 of February 4, 2010 on the Subsidies Granted in 2010 from the Federal Budget to Russian Credit Organisations to Reimburse the Shortfall in Incomes for the Credits Provided by Russian Credit Organisations in 2009-2010 to Natural Persons for the Purchase of Cars

Continues subsidising of Russian credit organisations providing credits to citizens for the purchase of cars.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 2-P of January 28, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Paragraph 2 of Item 3 and Item 4 of Article 44 of the Federal Law on Joint-Stock Companies Pursuant to Appeals of Open-Type Joint-Stock Companies Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Orenburgneft and the Joint-Stock Commercial Savings Bank of the Russian Federation (OAO)

The applicants challenged the norms stating that the issuer joint-stock company bears responsibility for the actions of the recorder pertaining to the keeping and storage of the register of stock-holders and having incurred losses on the stock-holder.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1014n of December 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Decision to Refuse Offsetting of Expenses of Paid out Insurance Support for Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity and the Form of the Demand of Their Reimbursement

Amendments have entered into force from January 1, 2010 to the law on obligatory social insurance in the cases of temporary disability and maternity.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-58/pz-n of December 15, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure to Reimburse Mortgage Certificates of Participation

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 604n of August 20, 2009 on the Amendments to the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Public Health land Social Development on the Execution of the State Function of Licensing of Pharmacy Activities Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 897 of December 31, 2006

The Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Public Health and Social Development licenses pharmacy activities of organisations of wholesale trade and apothecaries of federal public health organisations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 52 of February 3, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Inclusion of Official Names ~Russian Federation~ or ~Russia~, As Well As the Words Derived from Them, in the Corporate Name of a Legal Entity

According the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the use of such words in the corporate name of a legal entity requires a special permission.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 1 of January 14, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Changing of the Territory of Activities of a Notary

Endorses the procedure of changing of the territory of activities of a notary.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 555 of December 28, 2009 on the Procedure of Submission to the Cadastral Body in Cases of Registration of Object of Immovable Property of Application for Registration and Necessary Documents in the Electronic Form through Public-Use Networks, Confirmation of Reception of the Mentioned Application and Documents by the Cadastral Body, As Well As the Certification of the Authenticity of the Electronic Image of the Documents Necessary for the Cadastral Registration of the Object of Immovable Property

Documents necessary for the cadastral registration of immovable property may be submitted in the electronic form.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-3/714@ of December 25, 2009 on the Form of the Notification

Introduces a new form of the notification of confirmation of the right for an exemption for the income tax from natural persons in the cases of purchase of immovable property.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. 2391 of December 25, 2009

Permits to arrest property if the customs payments were not transferred in due time.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 249 of December 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Federal Aviation Rules ~Requirements to the Obligatory Certification of Natural Persons, Legal Entities Engaged in Works in Aviation. The Certification Procedure~

Introduces the above requirements.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 240 of December 17, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Terms of Distribution of Foreign and Multilateral Permissions among Russia Carriers

The distribution is necessary if the number of permissions received by the Ministry of Transport of Russia is less than the total annual demand of Russian carriers.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 48 of February 3, 2010 on the Minimum Requirements Necessary for Certificates of Access to Works at Specially Hazardous, Technically Complicated and Unique Objects of Capital Construction Affecting Their Safety Issued by Self-Regulating Organisations

Specifies the above requirements to organisations and individual entrepreneurs.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 229-r of December 22, 2009 on the Classification of Individual Commodities According to the Customs Union Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities

A Uniform Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and a Uniform Customs Tariff of the Customs Union are used from January 1, 2010 in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Federal Law No. 10-FZ of February 14, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Communication

Invalidates individual provisions of the law on communication.

Federal Law No. 7-FZ of February 13, 2010 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the Measures to Regulate the Trade and Economic Cooperation in the Area of Export of Oil and Oil Products of January 12, 2007

Crude oil supplied from Russia is exempted from the customs duty within the annul volume necessary for internal consumption.

Order of the Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography No. 420 of December 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Publication and Entry into Force of the Acts of the Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography Recognised by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation As Not Needing the State Registration

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 430 of December 23, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Introduction and Liquidation of the Notary Position

Decisions to introduce and liquidate the notary position are taken by the territorial body of the Ministry of Justice of Russia after coordination with the regional notary chamber.

Federal Law No. 11-FZ of February 15, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 29 of the Federal Law on the Banks and Banking Activities

Prohibits inclusion in the credit contract with a borrower provisions permitting the credit organisation to change on a unilateral basis interest rates for credits, procedure of their determination, commission and the period of effect of such contracts.

Federal Law No. 12-FZ of February 16, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Additional Measures to Support the Financial System of the Russian Federation

Adjusts the law on the additional measures of support of the financial system.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 65 of February 11, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Devices Operating on Gaseous Fuel

Introduces the safety and energy efficiency requirements to the devices working on gaseous fuel.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/118@ of February 16, 2010 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for January 2010

Provides information necessary for the calculation of the tax on extraction of mineral resources for oil for January 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 50 of February 3, 2010 on the Federal Targeted Program ~Nuclear Energy Technologies of New Generation for the Period of 2010-2015 and Until 2020~

The program is expected to solve the problems of the nuclear power supply industry.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-47 of February 5, 2010

Examines the issue of granting of extension schedule for the payment of taxes for 3 years.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 23 of January 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Submission of Information by the Federal Bodies of Executive Power on the Products Subject to Obligatory Confirmation of Compliance and Its Publication

The Government of the Russian Federation endorses the lists of products subject to obligatory certification and products requiring declaration of compliance.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 621 of December 29, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Publication and Entry into Force of the Acts of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation in the Area of Estimate Norms and Price Forming in the City Planning Activities Recognised by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation As Not Needing the State Registration

The acts of the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia not needing the state registration in the Ministry of Justice of Russia must be published in the Vestnik Tsenoobrazovaniya i Smetnogo Normirovaniya and be placed on the ministry official site.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of February 19, 2010

The rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is reduced from 8.75% to 8.5% annual from February 24, 2010.

Federal Law No. 15-FZ of February 21, 2010 on the Invalidation of Item 1 of Article 1 of the Federal Law on the Suspension of Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Federal Budget for the Year 2009 and for the Planned Period of 2010 and 2011

Invalidates the norm having suspended until January 1, 2012 the law on the state commodity obligations pertaining to Harvest-90 checks and the state obligations to suppliers of agricultural products.

Federal Law No. 13-FZ of February 21, 2010 on the Invalidation of Item 2 of Article 1490 of Part 4 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation

Invalidates one of the norms pertaining to the state registration of contracts of disposal of the exclusive right for a trade-mark.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-3/7@ of January 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used by the Tax Bodies When Implementing Their Authority in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees

The zero VAT rate applies in the cases of sale of commodities (works, services) for official use of foreign diplomatic representations.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 247 of December 22, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Typical Scheme of Organisation of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation of Persons, Transport Vehicles, Cargo, Goods and Animals in the Sea and River (Lake) Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Endorses a typical scheme of organisation of transfer through the state border of Russia of persons, transport vehicles, cargo, goods and animals in sea and river (lake) points of transfer.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 67 of February 10, 2010 on the Procedure to Carry out Contests or Auctions for the Right to Conclude Contracts of Property Lease, Free Use, Trust Control, Other Contracts Envisaging the Transfer of the Right of Possession and/or Use for the State or Municipal Property and on the List of the Types of Property for Which the Mentioned Contracts May Be Concluded through Tenders in the Form of a Contest

Contracts envisaging a transfer of rights of possession and/or use of the state or municipal property may be concluded only through tenders (except individual cases).

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 201 of February 17, 2010 on the Department of the President of the Russian Federation for the Work with Appeals of Citizens and Organisations

Creates the Department of the President of the Russian Federation for the Work with Appeals of Citizens and Organisations to replace the Department of the President of the Russian Federation for the Work with Appeals of Citizens.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2399-U of February 19, 2010 on the Amount of the Rate of Refinancing of the Bank of Russia

From February 24, 2010, the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is reduced by 0.25% to make 8.5% annual.

Federal Law No. 17-FZ of February 24, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 1501 of Part 4 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation

Increases from 2 to 6 months the deadline to restore procedures of expert evaluation of the application for a trade-mark missed by the applicant or right holder.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 88 of February 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Reduces the rates of export customs duties.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 87 of February 24, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Council of Ministers - the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1090 of October 23, 1993

The seats in intercity buses must be outfitted with safety belts.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2403-U of February 19, 2010 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

Changes the interest rates for the deposit operation of the Bank of Russia from February 24, 2010.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2402-U of February 19, 2010 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Credits Secured with Assets or Guarantees

From February 24, 2010, reduces the rates for the credits secured with assets or guarantees.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2401-U of February 19, 2010 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Lombard Credits of the Bank of Russia

From February 24, 2010, reduces the interest rates for the lombard credits of the Central Bank of Russia.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2400-U of February 19, 2010 on the Amount of the Interest Rate for the Overnight Credit of the Bank of Russia

From February 24, 2010, reduces the interest rate for the overnight credit of the Bank of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 82 of February 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting the Right of Institution of a Private Guards Organisation by a Legal Entity Carrying out Other Than Guards Activities

The legal entity must be a strategic enterprise (except for the agency guards) or a joint-stock company, subject of natural monopolies or a state corporation or state company.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 75 of February 20, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on Customs Issues

The Ministry of Finance of Russia does not control any more calculation and collection of customs payments, determination of the customs cost of commodities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 67 of February 20, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Determination of the Sphere of Reference of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power in the Area of Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency

A special law has entered into force in November 2009 to implement the measures of energy saving and improvement of energy efficiency.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 86 of February 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Equipment for Work in Explosive Environments

The Technical Regulation covers production of energy. It does not apply to medicine, communication, vessels.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 80 of February 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Use of Arms and Military Equipment in Safeguarding the State Border of the Russian Federation, Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf of the Russian Federation

Endorses a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 76 of February 20, 2010 on the Excise Duty Stamps to Label Tobacco Items Imported to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

Foreign-made tobacco items imported to Russia for sale are labelled with special excise duty stamps.

Order of the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control No. 58 of February 5, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Methods of Protection of Information in Personal Information Systems

The goal is implementation of the constitutional right of citizens for privacy, personal and family secrets.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/131@ of February 24, 2010 on the Issue of the Procedure of Filling of the Tax Declaration for the Value Added Tax

Some amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation are entered into force in 2010.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-57 of February 11, 2010 on the Arrears Revealed by the Tax Body

The Tax Code of the Russian Federation does not specify any period of limitation for revealed arrears.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 01-02-03/03-41 of February 10, 2010 on the List of Documents to Be Submitted to the Tax Body for the Purposes of Registration of Cash Registers for Payment Terminals

According to the general rule, paying agents must use cash registers with a fiscal memory and control tape. However, there are exceptions.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. 3-3-05/128 of February 8, 2010 on the Property Tax from Organisations

From January 1, 2010, the payers of the property tax are only those that have objects of taxation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 103 of February 27, 2010 on the Measures of State Control (Enforcement) of Observance of the Special Conditions of Use of the Land Plots within the Boundaries of the Safety Zones of Objects of Electric Networks

The control is vested in the Federal Service of Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement and its territorial bodies and is carried out in the form of planned and extraordinary checks.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 100 of February 27, 2010 on the Procedure of Assigning of Recorders Providing the State Registration of Rights for Air Vessels and Transactions with Them and on the Qualification Requirements to Them

Recorders are assigned from the state servants of the Federal Agency of the Air Transport.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 98 of February 27, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Form of the Visa, Procedure and Terms of Its Drawing up and Issuance, Prolongation, Restoration in Cases of Loss, As Well As the Procedure of Revocation

Refines the procedure of issuance of the visa for temporary stay.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 92 of February 26, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Machines and Equipment Subject to Obligatory Confirmation of Compliance When Placed under the Customs Regimes Envisaging Opportunities of Alienation or Use on the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation to Their Destination

The technical regulation on the safety of machines and equipment is entered into force from September 25, 2010.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2390-U of January 29, 2010 on the Procedure of Transfer of Unused Residues of Monetary Recourses of the Federal Budget

Specifies the procedure of transfer of unused residues of resources of the federal budget.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 28-T of February 26, 2010 on the Accounts Opened to Budget-Supported Institutions in Violation of the Budget Legislation of the Russian Federation and Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia

Reports typical violations in the cases of opening of accounts to budget-supported institutions.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 271 of March 4, 2010 ~Issues of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation~

Abandons the Federal Agency for Science and Innovations and the Federal Agency for Education while handing over their functions to the Ministry of Education and Science.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 4-P of February 26, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Part 2 of Article 392 of the Code of Civil Procedures of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeals of Citizens A.A.Doroshek, A.Y.Kot and Y.Y.Fedotova

Challenged the norms of the Code of Civil Procedures of Russia on the grounds permitting to revise judicial acts because of the newly revealed circumstances.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 129 of March 5, 2010 on the Agreements between Executive Bodies of State Power, Bodies of Local Government and Economic Subjects on the Reduction or Maintenance of Prices for Individual Types of Fuels and Lubricants Sold to Agricultural Producers

Agreements restricting competition are prohibited, however, the Government of the Russian Federation may specify the cases permitting them.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 115 of March 3, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Raw Oil Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements in the Period from January 19 to February 1, 2010

The amount of the rate makes USD 0 per ton.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 106 of February 28, 2010 on the Special Federal Stamps and Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 785 of December 21, 2005

The amendments are stipulated by the creation of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 21 of January 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Typical Scheme of Organisation of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation of Persons, Transport Vehicles, Cargo, Goods and Animals in the Air Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Endorses a typical scheme of organisation of transfer through the state border of Russia of persons, transport vehicles, cargo, goods and animals in the air points of transfer.

Federal Law No. 26-FZ of March 9, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 32 of the Federal Law on the Electric Power Supply Industry

The goal is to engage oil gas in economic turnovers for a more rational use of this raw material.

Federal Law No. 25-FZ of March 9, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector and Article 4 of the Federal Law 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 Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and on Invalidation of Individual Provisions of Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments are aimed at development of construction of low-rise homes.

Federal Law No. 24-FZ of March 9, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry to the Russian Federation

Simplifies the entry to Russia for foreigners and stateless persons whose parents or spouses are citizens of Russia.

Federal Law No. 22-FZ of March 9, 2010 on the Amendment to Article 3 of the Federal Law on the Mortgage Securities

Refines the requirements to the mortgage credits included in the mortgage coverage of bonds.

Federal Law No. 20-FZ of March 9, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Reimbursement of Procedural Expenses

Introduces uniform rules of reimbursement of procedural expenses.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 125 of March 4, 2010 on the List of Personal Information Recorded on Electronic Media Available in the Main Identification Documents of the Citizens of the Russian Federation Used to Exit the Russian Federation and Enter the Russian Federation

Identification documents of Russian citizens may contain electronic media with recorded personal information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 121 of March 4, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Commodity Exchanges on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Introduces a new procedure of issuance, revocation and suspension of licenses for exchange activities.

Decision of Government of the Russian Federation No. 111 of March 2, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Exchange Mediators and Exchange Brokers Concluding Contracts Being Derivative Financial Instruments Where the Basic Asset Is Exchange Commodity

Introduces a new procedure of issuance, redrawing, suspension and revocation of the above licenses.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 122 of March 4, 2010 on the Amendments to Items 17 and 54 of the Rules of the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy (Power) in the Transient Period

The amendments pertain to supplies of electric energy (power) between the price zones of the wholesale market and the territories not covered by such zones.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 126 of March 4, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Improvement of State Regulation in the Area of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products

Adjusts a number of acts of the Government of the Russian Federation in the area of production and circulation of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic and alcohol-containing products.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 135 of March 9, 2010 on the Amendments to and Invalidation of Some of the Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

The sphere of reference of the Federal Tax Service of Russia does not include now registration of contracts of commercial cession.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 133 of March 9, 2010 on the Amendment to the Regulation on the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation

Extends the sphere of reference of the Ministry of Transport of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 132 of March 9, 2010 on the Obligatory Requirements to Individual Types of Products and Associated Processes of Designing (Including Surveys), Production, Construction, Installation, Debugging, Operation, Storage, Transportation, Sale and Utilisation Available in the Technical Regulations of the Republic of Kazakhstan Being a Member-State of the Customs Union

Before the entry into force of the appropriate technical regulations, the Government of the Russian Federation may introduce obligatory requirements to individual types of products.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 110 of March 2, 2010 on the Amendments to the List of Technological Equipment (Including Component and Spare Parts for It) Not Produced in the Russian Federation and Exempted from the Value Added Tax When Imported to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

Extends the list of technological equipment not produced in Russia and exempted from the value added tax at import.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-3/pz-n of January 26, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Orders of the Federal Service for Financial Markets

Revises the procedure of licensing of professional activities at the securities market.

Order of the Federal Service of State Statistics No. 86 of February 11, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Directions on the Filling of the Form of the Federal Statistical Monitoring 5-3 ~Information on Expenses for Production and Sale of Products (Goods, Works, Services)~

The new form is applied beginning with the report for January-March 2010.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 321 of March 16, 2010 on the Measures to Organise High-Speed Railway Transportation in the Russian Federation

Suggests a number of measures aimed at development of high-speed railway transportation (trains travelling faster than 200 km/h).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 136 of March 9, 2010 on Some Measures to Introduce a Joint State Automatic Information System of Registration of the Volume of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products and on the Amendments to Individual Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

The amendments are stipulated by the creation of the Federal Service for Regulation of the Alcoholic Market.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 117 of March 3, 2010 on the Procedure of Selection of Subjects of Electric Power Supply Industry and Consumers of Electric Energy Providing System Reliability Services and Procedure of Rendering of Such Services, As Well As on the Endorsement of Amendments to the Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of System Reliability Services

Specifies the procedure of selection of subjects of electric power supply industry and consumers of electric energy providing system reliability services.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-22-3/185@ of March 16, 2010 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for February 2010

Provides information necessary for the calculation of the tax on extraction of mineral resources for oil for February 2010.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-6/pz-n of February 9, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Foreign Organisations Providing Registration of Rights for Securities Where Russia Depositaries May Open Accounts of Persons Acting in the Interests of Other Persons for Registration of Rights for Securities of Foreign Issuers Permitted for Public Placing and/or Public Circulation in the Russian Federation

In the cases of public placing and/or circulation of foreign securities, registration of rights for them is vested in Russian depositaries meeting certain requirements.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 09-61/pz-n of December 24, 2009 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 08-17/pz-n of April 15, 2008 on the Registration of Rights for Investment Shares of Shared Investment Funds

Refines the procedure of keeping of the register of holders of investment shares of shared investment funds.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 171 of March 19, 2010 on the Use of the Tenth Time Zone on the Territory of the Kamchatka Territory and the Chukotka Autonomous District

Switches over these territories to the tenth time zone from March 28, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 170 of March 19, 2010 on the Use of the Second Time Zone on the Territory of the Samara Province

Switches over the Samara Province from the third to the second time zone.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 166 of March 17, 2010 on the Use of the Second Time Zone on the Territory of the Republic of Udmurtia

Switches over Udmurtia to the second time zone (instead of the third one).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 153 of March 17, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Granting Subsidies from the Federal Budget to Reimburse Expenses of Trade Organisations to Transport Inoperable Vehicles to the Points of Utilisation in the Framework of the Experiment of Encourage the Purchase of New Vehicles to Replace the Inoperable Ones and Handed over for Utilisation, As Well As to Create in the Russian Federation a System of Collection and Utilisation of Inoperable Vehicles

In 2010, natural persons may dispose of their cars and get a discount in the amount of Rbl 50,000 for the purchase of a new vehicle.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 14n of February 11, 2010 on the Drawing up and Submission by Mutual Insurance Companies of the Form of the Annual Statistical Report 2-S ~Information on the Activities of the Insurance (Medical Insurance) Organisation for the Year ___~ and ~Information on the Number of Members of the Mutual Insurance Company for the Year ___~

Specifies the particulars of the drawing up and submission of the annual statistical information by mutual insurance companies (form 2-S).

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 13n of February 11, 2010 on the Drawing up and Submission by Mutual Insurance Companies of the Form of Statistical Report 1-S ~Information on the Main Figures of Activities of the Insurance Organisation for January 20___~ and ~Information on the Number of Members of the Mutual Insurance Company for January 20___~

Specifies the particulars of filling of this form.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. 3-6-03/535 of March 3, 2010 on the Procedure of Registration by the Payers of the Uniform Social Tax of Amounts of Reimbursement of Expenses of State Insurance for the Reported Periods of 2009 Obtained from the Executive Body of the Social Insurance Fund in 2010

The payers of the uniform social tax making payments to natural persons may spend independently resources for the purposes of state social insurance.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 172 of February 3, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Customs Service of Russia No. 1057 of September 4, 2007

Adjusts the instruction on the procedure of filling of the cargo customs declaration and the transit declaration.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 150 of March 17, 2010 on the Invalidation of Some Acts of the Government of he Russian Federation

Excludes some types of insurance support.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 149 of March 17, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009

Adjusts the joint list of products subject to obligatory certification. It does not contain now cigarettes.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 148 of March 17, 2010 on the Amendment to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009

The amendments pertain to the use of certificates of compliance for products issued before the entry into force of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 6-P of March 17, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Articles 117, Part 4 of Article 292, Articles 295, 296, 299 and Part 2 of Article 310 of the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of the Closed-Type Joint Stock Company Dovod

Challenged the norms of the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation pertaining to the restoration of the missed period of limitation permitting to appeal against court rulings as an enforcement procedure.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of March 26, 2010

Reduces the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia from March 29, 2010 by 0.25% more.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-6/138@ of March 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Recommended Form of the Report of the Organisation of the Choice of the Tax Body to Register Several Separate Divisions of the Organisation Located in the Same Municipal Formation on the Territories Covered by Different Tax Bodies

Endorses a sample form of such report.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 464 of November 13, 2009

The bodies of power are provided with recommendations on the filling of electronic forms for submission of information on the state and municipal services (functions).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 169 of March 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Coefficient of Indexing of Social Pensions from April 1, 2010

Social pensions are indexed on the annual basis taking into account the rates of growth of prices for goods and services in the previous year.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 168 of March 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Coefficient of Indexing of the Estimated Pension Capital of the Insured

Specifies the coefficient of indexing of the estimated pension capital of the insured as of January 1, 2009, making 1.1427.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 167 of March 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Coefficient of Additional Increase from April 1, 2010 of the Amount of the Insured Part of the Labour Old Age Pension and the Amount of the Labour Disability Pension and the Labour Lost Breadwinner Pension

Endorses the above figures.

Federal Law No. 31-FZ of March 29, 2010 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Particulars of Legal Regulation of Activities of Enterprises, Institutions and Organisations of the Railway Transport of October 18, 1996

Ratifies the above protocol.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 187 of March 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Commodities of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of 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.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2419-U of March 26, 2010 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is once again reduced from March 29, 2010 to make 8.25%.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2418-U of March 26, 2010 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Credits Secured with Assets and Guarantees

Reduces the rates for credits secured with assets and guarantees.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2417-U of March 26, 2010 on the Amount of Interest Rates for the Lombard Credits of the Bank of Russia

Reduces the interest rates for the lombard credits of the Central Bank of Russia to make 7.25% annual.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2416-U of March 26, 2010 on the Amount of the Interest Rate for the Overnight Credit of the Bank of Russia

From March 29, 2010, reduces the interest rate for the overnight credit of the Bank of Russia to make 8.25% annual.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 138 of March 11, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Federal Rules of Use of the Air Space of the Russian Federation

Endorses the rules of use of the air space of the Russian Federation to ensure the safety and interests of the state and public.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-6/54@ of February 15, 2010 on the Amendments to the Forms of Documents Used for Registration and Removal from Records of Russia Organisations and Natural Persons Endorsed by the Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. SAE-3-09/826@ of December 1, 2006

Adjusts the forms of applications for registration (removal from records) of Russian organisations and natural persons in the tax body.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 27 of January 22, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Keeping of Disclosed Information by the Subjects of the Wholesale and Retail Trade Markets of Electric Energy

Subjects of the wholesale and retail trade markets of electric energy (except for consumers) must keep information disclosed by them in compliance with available standards.

The Balance of Payments and the External Debt of the Russian Federation for January-September 2009

Summarises information on the trade and financial operations in the external sector of the economy for January- September 2009.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2405-U of February 27, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 318-P of April 24, 2008 on the Procedure of Carrying out of Cash Operations and the Rules of Storage, Transportation and Encashment of Notes and Coins of the Bank of Russia in Credit Organisations on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Adjusts the regulation on the procedure of carrying out of cash operations and the rules of storage, transportation and encashment of notes and coins of the Bank of Russia in credit organisations on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MN-21-6/119 of February 27, 2010 on the Issues of State Registration of Limited-Liability Companies

Refines some issues of state registration of limited-liability companies.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 208 of April 1, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Preliminary Coordination of the Particulars of Forming of the Starting Price for Products When They Are Sold at the Commodity Exchange

Specifies the procedure of preliminary coordination with the antimonopoly body of the particulars of forming of the stating price for products when they are sold at the commodity exchange. Such coordination is necessary in cases of violation of the antimonopoly legislation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 203 of March 31, 2010 on the Authority of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power in the Area of State Control of Prices for Medicines Included in the List of Vital and Most Important Medicines

This function is vested in the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Public Health and Social Development.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 200 of March 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Enterprisers, Institutions and Organisations to Carry out Works Associated with the Use of Information Comprising the State Secret, Creation of the Means of Protection of Information, As Well As the Measures and/or Services in the Area of Protection of the State Secret

Adjusts the procedure of licensing of organisations using information comprising the state secret.

Federal Law No. 60-FZ of April 7, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Enhances the criminal and legal protection in the area of economic activities.

Federal Law No. 55-FZ of April 5, 2010 on the Amendment to Article 23.60 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Extends the list of officials permitted to process the cases of violation of the currency legislation.

Federal Law No. 50-FZ of April 5, 2010 on the Amendment to Article 164 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of application of the zero rate of the value added tax by Russian railway carriers.

Federal Law No. 47-FZ of April 5, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 12.1 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Introduces new amounts of fines for the operation of unregistered transport vehicles and the ones having failed to undergo technical inspection.

Federal Law No. 41-FZ of April 5, 2010 on the Amendments to Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Introduces amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and a number of other legislative acts.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-12/pz-n of February 25, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Broker Singing the Prospectus of Securities of the Foreign Issuer

Introduces the requirements to the broker singing the prospectus of securities of the foreign issuer.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-10/pz-n of February 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Certification of the Authenticity of the Signature by Professional Participants of the Securities Market

Professional participants of the securities market may certify the authenticity of the signature of the natural person on the documents of transfer of rights for securities, however, with exceptions.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 121 of February 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Motor Vehicles and Communal Equipment for the Purchase by Subjects of the Russian Federation Entitled for Subsidies

In 2010, the regions and the city of Baykonur get subsidies for the purchase of motor vehicles and communal equipment.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 42 of February 4, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Keeping of the State Cadastre of Immovable Property

Endorses a new procedure of keeping of the State Cadastre of Immovable Property.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 89 of February 24, 2010 on Some Issues of Organisation of the Long-Term Competitive Power Extraction at the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy (Power)

To ensure a sufficient volume of generating capacity in the Joint Power Supply System of Russia, a long-term competitive power extraction will be organised at the wholesale market.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 02-06-07/1169 of April 1, 2010

Works out methodology recommendations for the switchover to the new provisions of the Budget Accounting Instruction introduced by the Order of the Ministry of Finance of Russia No. 152n of December 30, 2009.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 211 of April 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Federal Highway Agency and the Regulation on the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation

The Federal Highway Agency and the Ministry of Transport of Russia enjoy additional authority pertaining to the state company Avtodor.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 445-r of March 28, 2010

Finds it expedient to introduce the European digital radio broadcasting system DRM in Russia.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-110 of March 16, 2010

Examines the issue of fairness of taxpayers choosing contractors.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 73-a of March 11, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of Submitted Information on the Limiting Wholesale and Limiting Retail Trade Mark-Ups to the Prices for the Vital and Most Important Medicines Fixed in the Subjects of the Russian Federation

The bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation submit information on the vital and most important medicines on the quarterly basis.

Federal Law No. 61-FZ of April 12, 2010 on the Circulation of Medicines

Describes the main rules of circulation of medicines (development, testing, state registration, production, transportation, storage etc.).

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 460 of April 13, 2010 on the National Strategy of Combating Corruption and the National Plan of Combating Corruption for the Years 2010-2011

Unites the efforts of the bodies of power, society, organisations and natural persons.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-20/pz-n of March 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Registration of the Prospectuses of Securities of Foreign Issuers and Introduction of Securities of Foreign Issuers for Placing and/or Public Circulation in the Russian Federation at the Decision of the Federal Body of Executive Power in Charge of the Securities Market

The procedure does not apply to securities that may be introduced at the decision of the Russian stock exchange.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 219 of April 9, 2010 on the State Support of Development of Innovation Infrastructure in the Federal Institutions of Higher Professional Education

Allocates resources from the federal budget to support development of innovation infrastructure in the federal higher educational institutions, including small innovation enterprises.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 218 of April 9, 2010 on the Measures of State Support of Development of Cooperation of Russian Higher Educational Institutions and Organisations Implementing Complex Projects Creating Hi-Tech Production Facilities

Introduces the procedure and terms to grant subsidies for the implementation of complex projects creating hi-tech production facilities involving Russian organisations and higher educational institutions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 238 of April 13, 2010 on the Determination of the Pricing Parameters for the Sale of Power at the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy (Power) in the Transient Period

Endorses the procedure of determination of the pricing parameters for the sale of power at the wholesale market of electric energy.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 243 of April 14, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 701 of November 20, 2003

Refines the procedure of placing of goods under the special customs regime of moving of goods for the purposes of prevention and elimination of natural disasters and other emergency situations.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 146 of February 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Cars Produced on the Territory of the Russian Federation Permitting a Reimbursement of the Shortfall in Income for Credit Organisations Proceeding from Two Thirds of the Rate of Refinancing of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation When They Are Purchased by Natural Persons on Credit in 2009-2010

Endorses the list of such cars anew.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 245 of April 14, 2010 on the Amendments to the Rules of Submission of Notifications of Initiation of Individual Types of Entrepreneurial Activities and Registration of the Mentioned Notifications

Extends the list of appropriate works and services.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 72 of March 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Reports of Non-Commercial Organisations

Endorses anew the mentioned forms of reports because of the handing over from January 1, 2009 of some functions to the federal bodies of executive power from the Government of the Russian Federation.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-37-3/5@ of April 19, 2010 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for March 2010

Provides information for the calculation of the above tax for March 2010.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communication of the Russian Federation No. 46 of March 19, 2010 on the Assigned Codes of Choice of Operators of Intercity and International Telephone Communication Networks

Assigns access codes for the services of intercity and international telephone communication.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-13/pz-n of March 4, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Types of Derivative Financial Instruments

The Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia is authorised to qualify securities and derivative financial instruments.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 330 of February 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Act of the Customs Body Having Revealed the Fact of Failure to Pay or Incomplete Transfer of Customs Payments and Its Drawing Procedure

A refined procedure of collection of customs payments is in effect from October 1, 2009.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 624 of December 30, 2009 on the Endorsement of the List of Works in Engineering Surveys, Preparation of Design Documentation, Construction, Reconstruction, Capital Repair of Objects of Capital Construction Affecting the Safety of Objects of Capital Construction

Endorses a new list of works in engineering surveys, preparation of design documentation, construction, reconstruction, capital repair of objects of capital construction affecting their safety.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2414-U of March 25, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 323-P of October 16, 2008 on the Credits without Security Granted to Russian Credit Organisations by the Bank of Russia

Adjusts the procedure for the Bank of Russia to grant credits without security to Russian credit organisations.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2407-U of March 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2214-U of April 14, 2009 on the Procedure for the Credit History Subject and Credit History User to Send Requests and Get Information from the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories through the Notary

Adjusts the procedure of sending requests to the Central Catalogue of Credit Histories through the notary.

Federal Law No. 65-FZ of April 22, 2010, on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on the Organisation of Insurance Activities in the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Changes the bankruptcy proceedings for financial organisations, as well as the terms of application of the measures of prevention of their insolvency.

Federal Law No. 64-FZ of April 22, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 6 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

Adjusts the law on the state regulation of activities of organisation and carrying out of the games of chance.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 135 of March 30, 2010 on Some Issues of Application of Article 5 Order of the Federal Law No. 312-FZ of December 30, 2008 on the Amendments to Part 1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Provides recommendations on the application of individual provisions of the law on the amendments pertaining to the legal status of limited-liability companies.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 196.1 of February 26, 2010 on the Adjustment of the Rate of Import Customs Duty of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union Pertaining to Individual Types of Paper and Cardboard (City of Moscow)

Adjusts the rate of import customs duty for individual types of paper and cardboard.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia No. 30 of February 16, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Submission and Control of Reports of Generation, Use, Neutralisation and Deployment of Waste (Except for Statistical Reports)

Endorses a new procedure of submission and control of reports of generation, neutralisation and deployment of waste (except for statistical reports).

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-19/pz-n of March 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Depositaries Providing Registration of Rights for Securities of Foreign Issuers Permitted for Public Deployment and/or Public Circulation in the Russian Federation

Depositaries must meet appropriate requirements in cases of public deployment of securities of foreign issuers in Russia.

Federal Law No. 66-FZ of April 26, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 10 of the Federal Law on the Protection of Rights of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs in the Course of State Control (Enforcement) and Municipal Control

Adjusts the law on the protection of rights of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in the course of the state and municipal control.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 260 of April 21, 2010 on the Amendments to the Appendix to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1023 of December 16, 2009

Amends the list of medicines and means of personal protection for the federal reserve stocks.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 259 of April 21, 2010 on the Cost of Living in Per Capita Figures and for the Main Socio-Demographic Groups of Population for the Whole of the Russian Federation for the IV Quarter of 2009

The cost of living in the IV quarter of 2009 for Russia makes Rbl 5,144 per capita, Rbl 5,562 for able-bodied population, Rbl 4,091 for pensioners, Rbl 4,922 for children.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 136 of April 13, 2010 on Some Issues Pertaining to Capitalisation of Payments in the Cases of Bankruptcy

Liquidated organisation must transfer capitalised payments to the Social Insurance Fund of Russia.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-3/136@ of March 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used by Tax Bodies When Implementing Their Authority in Relations Regulated by the Law on Taxes and Fees

Specifies which categories of payers may enjoy the notification procedure of reimbursement of the value added tax introduced in December 2009.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 86 of March 1, 2010 on the Cost of One Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space Intended for Determination in 2010 of the Amount of Limiting Cost of One Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space Used in the Cases of Purchase of Dwelling Space in the Framework of Implementation of the Federal Law No. 185-FZ of July 21, 2007 on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector

The law on the fund of assistance of reformation of the housing and communal sector specifies a number of requirements to the regional targeted program of resettling of citizens from breakdown homes.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/183@ of April 13, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents for Application of the System of Taxation for Agricultural Producers

Endorses new forms of documents for the mentioned purposes.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/182@ of April 13, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents for Application of the Simplified System of Taxation

Endorses new forms of documents for the mentioned purposes.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 286 of April 26, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Commodities of Oil Exported outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of 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 Transport of the Russian Federation No. 5 of January 13, 2010 on the Assigning and Use of Alienation Zones of Federal Significance Highways

Specifies anew the procedure of allocation and use of alienation zones of federal significance highways.

Order of he Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 4 of January 13, 2010 on the Assigning and Use of Waysides of Federal Significance Highways

Endorses the procedure of allocation and use of waysides of federal significance highways.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of April 29, 2010

From April 30, 2010, reduces the rate of refinancing and the interest rates for individual operations of the Bank of Russia by 0.25 percentage points.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2423-U of April 2, 2010 on the Reorganisation of Exchange Offices to Acquire the Status of Other Types of Internal Structural Divisions of Credit Organisations (Branches of Credit Organisations), on the Closing of Exchange Offices and on the Refining of Activities of Internal Structural Divisions

Before October 1, 2010, exchange offices of credit organisations must be reorganised to acquire the status of internal divisions of another type.

Federal Law No. 3-FKZ of April 30, 2010 on the Amendments to Articles 24 and 26 of the Federal Constitutional Law on the Courts of Arbitration in the Russian Federation and the Federal Constitutional Law on the Military Courts in the Russian Federation

Refines the authority of the courts of arbitration and military courts, which is stipulated by the adoption of the law on the compensation for the violation of the right for court proceedings or execution of the court ruling within reasonable time.

Federal Law No. 69-FZ of April 30, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Compensation for the Violation of the Right for Court Proceedings within Reasonable Time or the Right for Execution of the Court Ruling within Reasonable Time

The amendments are stipulated by the introduction of the compensation for the violation of the reasonable time of court proceedings and execution of court rulings.

Federal Law No. 68-FZ of April 30, 2010 on the Compensation for the Violation of the Right for Court Proceedings within Reasonable Time or the Right for Execution of the Court Ruling within Reasonable Time

Introduces general rules of awarding a compensation for the violation of the rights for court proceedings or for execution of the court ruling within reasonable time.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 291 of April 30, 2010 on the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Supplies of Gas from the Territory of the Russian Federation to the Territory of Ukraine

Specifies the procedure of calculation of the rates of customs duties for supplies of natural gas from Russia to Ukraine for the period of 2010-2019.

Federal Law No. 78-FZ of May 5, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 7 of the Federal Law 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 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

Refines some provisions of the law on the amendments to the law on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector and individual normative acts.

Federal Law No. 77-FZ of May 5, 2010 on the Amendment to the Federal Law 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

Refines the terms of graining financial aid at the expense of resources of the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector.

Federal Law No. 73-FZ of May 5, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong of the Chinese People|s Republic on the Air Transportation

Ratifies the intergovernmental agreement of Russia and Hong Kong on the air transportation.

Federal Law No. 72-FZ of May 5, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Secretariat of the Commission of the Customs Union

Ratifies the agreement on the Secretariat of the Commission of the Customs Union signed in Moscow on December 12, 2008.

Instruction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 135-I of April 2, 2010 on the Procedure for the Bank of Russia to Adopt Decisions on the State Registration of Credit Organisations and Issue Licenses for Bank Operations

Introduces a new procedure for the Central Bank of Russia to adopt decisions on the state registration of credit organisations and issue licenses for bank operations.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 10-P of April 21, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Part 1 of Article 320, Part 2 of Article 327 and Article 328 of the Code of Civil Procedures of the Russian Federation Pursuant to Appeals of Citizen Y.V.Aleynikova and the Limited-Liability Company Tri K and Requests of the Norilsk City Court of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Central Regional Court of the City of Chita

Examined the norms specifying the mechanism of implementation of the right for appeals against decisions of justices of the peace and the authority of the court in the cases of appeals.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2439-U of April 29, 2010 on the Rate of Refinancing of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing of the Bank of Russia is reduced from April 30, 2010 from 8.25% to 8% annual.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 301 of May 4, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Extends the sphere of reference of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 332 of April 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Motor Vehicles and Communal Equipment for the Purchase by Subjects of the Russian Federation Using Subsidies

Endorses a new list of motor vehicles and communal equipment purchased in 2010 by regions at the expense of the federal subsides.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 112n of February 26, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Explanations on the Use of Individual Norms of the 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 Pertaining to Collection of Insurance Contributions from Payments and Other Rewards to Natural Persons under Commissioning Agreements, Agreements of Alienation of the Exclusive Right for the Pieces of Science, Literature, Art, Publishing License Agreements, Licenses Agreements

Explains application of the norms of the law on insurance contributions pertaining to payments and other rewards to natural persons.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2443-U of April 29, 2010 on the Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

Reduces by 0.25 percentage points the rates for deposit operations of the Bank of Russia.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2442-U of April 29, 2010 on the Interest Rates for the Credits Secured with Assets and Guarantees

Reduces the rates for the credits secured with assets and guarantees and granted to credit organisations.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2441-U of April 29, 2010 on the Interest Rates for the Lombard Credits of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing of the Bank of Russia is reduced to 8%.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2440-U of April 29, 2010 on the Interest Rate for the Overnight Credits of the Bank of Russia

Reduces from April 30, 2010 the interest rate for the overnight credit from 8.25% to 8% annual.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 305 of May 4, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Method of Calculation of the Volume of All Foodstuffs Sold within the Boundaries of the Subject of the Russian Federation, Including the Cities of Federal Significance of Moscow and St.Petersburg, within the Boundaries of the Municipal Region, Urban District in the Monetary Expression for the Fiscal Year and Determination of the Share of Volume of Foodstuffs Sold by the Economic Subject Engaged in Retail Trade of Such Goods through a Trade Network

The above information is placed by the Federal Service of State Statistics (territorial bodies) on the official Internet site.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 426 of April 23, 2010 on the Implementation of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 799 of November 21, 2007

Subjects of the Russian Federation get subsidies in 2009-2010 for experimental projects to improve catering in the regional and municipal institutions of general education.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 27 of April 21, 2010 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.3.2.2603-10

Introduces additional requirements to the labelling on consumer packages, packages of fish products.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-03-06/1/306 of April 28, 2010

Examines the issue of registration of expenses of compensation of underpaid salaries for the period of temporary disability. These expenses are not included in the labour remuneration from January 1, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 322 of May 11, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Providing Employment to Citizens of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation

Adjusts the procedure of licensing of activities of providing employment to Russian citizens abroad.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 318 of May 11, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities in the Area of Production, Processing, Storage, Sale, Purchase and Use of Precursors of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Included in Table I of List IV in Compliance with the Federal Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 310 of May 10, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Transfer of Information on the Arrival to the Place of Stay and Departure from the Place of Stay of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Using the Means of Communication of a Telecommunication Network

A number of organisations must report this information to migration bodies.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 589 of May 14, 2010 ~Issues of the Federal Agency for Supplies of Arms, Military, Special Equipment and Material Resources~

Endorses a new regulation on the Federal Agency for Supplies of Arms, Military, Special Equipment and Material Resources.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 325 of May 11, 2010 on the Implementation of the Rights of the Russian Federation Envisaged in the Federal Law on the Use of State Securities of the Russian Federation to Increase Capitalisation of Banks

The state may take measures to increase capitalisation of banks. Bonds of the federal loan are exchanged for the preference stocks of such banks.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 311 of May 10, 2010 on the Amendments to the Rules of Supplies of Gas to the Russian Federation

Adjusts the rules of supplies of gas.

Decision of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 18162/09 of April 20, 2010

According to the tax body, they company used VAT exemptions unfoundedly.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 138 of April 27, 2010 on the Priority of Claims for Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Pension Insurance in the Cases of Bankruptcy

Explains the issues of priority order to satisfy the claims for insurance contributions for obligatory pension insurance in the cases of bankruptcy.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 137 of April 27, 2010 on Some Issues Pertaining to Transient Provisions of the Federal Law No. 73-FZ of April 28, 2009 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Prepares recommendations on the application of the law having changed the provisions of the legislation on bankruptcy (including credit organisations).

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 10/22 of April 29, 2010 on Some Issues of Judicial Practices in Disputes of Protection of the Property Right and Other Interests in Property

Examines a wide range of issues on emergence, termination and protection of the property right and other interests in property.

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 29n of April 20, 2010 on the Introduction from June 1, 2010 of the Minimum Price for Distilled Beverages and Other Alcoholic Products Stronger Than 28% (Except for Vodka) for Retail Trade

Introduces the minimum retail price for alcoholic products (except for vodka) stronger than 28%.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-4/pz-n of January 28, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Specialists of the Financial Market

Endorses a new regulation on the specialists of the financial market.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 337 of May 15, 2010 on the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

Abandons the Federal Agency for Science and Innovations and the Federal Agency for Education that are replaced with the Ministry of Education and Science.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 245n of April 19, 2010 on the Amendments to the Norms and Terms of Free Supplies of Milk and Other Equivalent Foodstuffs Handed out to Employees Engaged in Hazardous Works Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 45n of February 16, 2009

Adjusts the above norms.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 199n of March 30, 2010 on the Amendments to the Nomenclature of Specialities of Specialists with a Secondary Medical and Pharmacy Education in the Area of Public Health of the Russian Federation Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia No. 176n of April 16, 2008

Extends the above nomenclature.

Federal Law No. 100-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement of the Customs Union on the Sanitary Measures

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 99-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement of the Customs Union on the Plant Quarantine Measures

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 98-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Procedure of Collection of Indirect Taxes and the Mechanism of Control of Their Payment in the Cases of Export and Import of Goods in the Customs Union

Adjusts the procedure of collection of indirect taxes and control of their payment in the above cases.

Federal Law No. 97-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Accreditation of the Bodies of Certification (Assessment (Confirmation) of Compliance) and Testing Laboratories (Centres) Carrying out Works of Assessment (Confirmation) of Compliance

Ratifies the agreement introducing uniform approaches in the issues of accreditation in the sphere of technical regulation on the territory of the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 96-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Circulation of Goods Subject to Obligatory Assessment (Confirmation) of Compliance on the Customs Territory of the Customs Union

Ratifies the agreement on the circulation of goods subject to obligatory assessment (confirmation) of compliance on the customs territory of the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 95-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Agreement on the Principles of Collection of Indirect Taxes in the Cases of Export and Import of Goods, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services in the Customs Union of January 25, 2008

Ratifies the protocol on the amendments to the agreement on the principles of collection of indirect taxes in the cases of export and import of goods, carrying out works, rendering services in the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 94-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Procedure of Collection of Indirect Taxes When Carrying out Works, Rendering Services in the Customs Union

Ratifies the protocol on the procedure of collection of indirect taxes when carrying out works, rendering services in the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 93-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement of the Customs Union on the Veterinary and Sanitary Measures

The ratified agreement offers a number of documents uniform for the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 92-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Amendments to Articles 14.13 and 14.14 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation and Article 195 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

Introduces administrative and criminal responsibility for the illegal disturbance of work of the interim administration of the financial organisation.

Federal Law No. 90-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 12 of the Federal Law on the Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases

Restores some abandoned procedures.

Federal Law No. 89-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on Subsoil Resources and Article 13 of the Federal Law on Production Sharing Agreements

Abandons payment for the use of geological information.

Federal Law No. 87-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Cultivation of Plants Containing Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances or Their Precursors

All such plants are included in a separate list.

Federal Law No. 86-FZ of May 19, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Provides some preferences to skilled specialists out of foreign citizens.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 340 of May 15, 2010 on the Procedure of Introduction of Requirements to the Programs in the Area of Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Organisations Engaged in Regulated Types of Activities

Programs of organisations must be brought in compliance with available requirements within 3 months.

Order of the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation No. 461 of May 7, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Classification of Objects of Tourist Industry Including Hotels and Other Accommodations, Skiing Pistes, Beaches

Specifies the procedure of assigning of categories to hotels, other places of accommodation, skiing pistes and beaches.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-37-3/1895 of May 19, 2010 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for April 2010

Provides the above information.

Federal Law No. 101-FZ of May 22, 1010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Additional Measures to Support the Financial System of the Russian Federation

Changes the terms of bank deposit contracts.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 344 of May 15, 2010 on the Calculation of the Cost of Electric Energy (Power) for Consumers in the Transient Period on the Territories Not Included in the Pricing Zones of the Wholesale Market

Adjusts the acts of the Government of the Russian Federation in the sphere of power supplies.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. MN-37-6/2212 of May 21, 2010 on the Entry in the Joint State Register of Legal Entities of the Fact That the Joint-Stock Company Is in the Process of Reduction of the Registered Capital, As Well As Information on the Cost of Net Assets of the Joint-Stock Company

Joint-stock companies must report to the registration (tax) body the fact that they are in the process of reduction of the registered capital, as well as the cost of net assets.

Federal Law No. 102-FZ of May 24, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction

Extends the functions of the Federal Fund of Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction.

Order of the Ministry of Power Supplies of the Russian Federation No. 178 of April 16, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Sample Form of the Proposal to Install Recorders of Used Energy Resources

Water, gas, heat and energy supply and transmission organisations must propose to owners of dwelling space before July 1, 2010 to outfit these objects with recorders of used resources.

Decision of the EurAsEC Interstate Council No. 36 of May 21, 2010 on the Entry into Force of International Treaties Forming the Contractual and Legal Basis of the Customs Union

The agreements and protocols forming the contractual and legal basis of the Customs Union are entered into force from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 351 of May 17, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Control and Monitoring of Implementation of Projects Receiving Budget Allocations of the Investment Fund of the Russian Federation

Specified the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. 965 of May 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Determination and Changing of the Place of Location of the Customs Body

Endorses a new procedure of determination or changing of the place of location of customs bodies.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 158 of April 29, 2010 on the Criteria of Assessment of the Business Plan by the Expert Council of Industrial Production Special Economic Zones

Organisation wishing to become a resident of the special economic zone submits a request containing a business plan.

Joint Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia and the Savings Bank of Russia No. KE-37-1/1960@/10-1959 of May 20, 2010 on the Amendments to the Letter of the Ministry of Taxes and Fees of Russia and the Savings Bank of Russia No. FS-8-10/1199/04-5198 of September 10, 2001 on the New Forms of Payment Documents for Natural Person Taxpayers to Transfer Taxes (Fees), Penalties and Fines to the Budget System of the Russian Federation: Form PD (Tax) and Form PD-4sb (Tax)

The changes are stipulated by the abandoning of the uniform social tax.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 369 of May 26, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Commodities of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union

Adjusts the rates of export customs duties for raw oil and individual categories of commodities of oil exported outside the territory of the Russian Federation and the territories of the member-states of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 367 of May 26, 2010 on the Joint Interagency Information and Statistics System

The system will unite official statistical resources in the Internet.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 800 of April 20, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Application for the Purchase of Excise Duty Stamps, Form of Importer Obligation to Use Excise Duty Stamps for Their Designated Purposes, Form of Importer Report of the Use of the Purchased Stamps

Foreign-made tobacco items imported to Russia for sale must be labelled with special excise duty stamps.

Federal Law No. 109-FZ of May 31, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 12 and 14 of the Federal Law on the Licensing of Individual Types of Activities

Adjusts the law on the licensing of individual types of activities.

Federal Law No. 108-FZ of May 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

The amendments provide for the implementation of the law on the access to information on activities of the state and municipal bodies having entered into force from January 1, 2010.

Federal Law No. 107-FZ of May 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies and Article 17 of the Federal Law on the State Corporation of Nuclear Power Rosatom

Adjusts the laws on the two state corporations.

Federal Law No. 106-FZ of May 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Privatisation of the State and Municipal Property

Introduces a number of amendments to the law on the privatisation of the state and municipal property.

Federal Law No. 104-FZ of May 31, 2010 on the Ratification of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the Legal Aid and Legal Relations in Civil and Criminal Cases and the Protocol to the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the Legal Aid and Legal Relations in Civil and Criminal Cases of August 25, 1998

Ratifies the treaty between Russia and Vietnam signed in Moscow on August 25, 1998.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 11-P of May 25, 2010 on the case of Constitutionality of Paragraph 10 of Article 2 of the Law of the Russian Federation on the Employment of Population in the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of Citizen N.I.Gushchin

The case challenged the norm recognising the founders (participants) of organisations as employed and, therefore, not begin able to get the unemployment allowance.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of May 31, 2010 on the Reduction of the Rate of Refinancing and the Interest Rates for Individual Operations of the Bank of Russia.

From June 1, 2010, the rate of refinancing will be reduced from 8% to 7.75%.

Letter of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 22030-VT/08 of May 26, 2010 ~Indices of Change of the Estimated Cost of Construction and Installation Works, Indices of Change of the Estimated Cost of Design and Survey Works, Indices of Change of the Estimated Cost of Other Works and Expenses, As Well As the Indices of Change of the Estimated Cost of Equipment Recommended for Application in the II Quarter of 2010~

Provides the above indices.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 139 of May 11, 2010 on the Amendments to Information Letters of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 91 of May 25, 2005 on Some Issues of Application by Arbitration Courts of Chapter 25.3 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and No. 117 of March 13, 2007 on Individual Issues of the Practice of Application of Chapter 25.3 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Revises explanations on the issues of payment of the state duty pursuant to the introduction of amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2435-U of April 27, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Bank of Russia No. 307-P of July 20, 2007 on the Procedure of Registration and Providing Information on Affiliated Persons of Credit Organisations

The amendments are adopted in pursuance of the changes to the law on the protection of competition having extended the notion of the group of persons.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 329 of April 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Products Subject to Obligatory Confirmation of Compliance with the Requirements of the Technical Regulations of the Republic of Kazakhstan Being a Member-State of the Customs Union

Before the entry into force of technical regulations, the Government of the Russian Federation may introduce obligatory requirements available in the regulations of the member-states of the Customs Union.

Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 4964/35N of April 14, 2010 on the Amendments to the List of Foreign States Whose Representations Enjoy on the Reciprocity Basis the Zero Percent Rate of the Value Added Tax in the Cases of Sale of Goods (Carrying out Works, Rendering Services) for Official Use by Foreign Diplomatic Representations and Representations of Similar Status or for Personal Use by the Diplomatic or Administrative and Technical Personnel of These Representations, Including Their Family Members Living Together with Them, Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 6499/41n of May 8, 2007

Introduces some changes for various states.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 87 of April 12, 2010 on the Procedure of Assessment of Vulnerabilities of Objects of Transport Infrastructure and Transport Vehicles

The goal of the assessment is determination of the degree of protection against illegal interference.

Federal Law No. 115-FZ of June 2, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 3463 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of calculation of penalties for the overdue payment of taxes in the cases of loss of the right for the uniform agricultural tax.

Federal Law No. 114-FZ of June 2, 2010 on the Ratification of the Treaty on the Customs Code of the Customs Union

Ratifies the treaty on the Customs Code of the Customs Union signed in Moscow on November 27, 2009.

Federal Law No. 113-FZ of June 2, 2010 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Treaty on the Customs Code of the Customs Union of November 27, 2009.

Ratifies the protocol on the amendments to the treaty on the Customs Code of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 374 of May 31, 2010 on the Amounts of the State Duty for the Issuance, Prolongation and Restoration of Visas to Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons by Representations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Located in the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Specifies amounts of state duty for the issuance, prolongation and restoration of visas by representations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the points of transfer through the state border.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 36n of April 21, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 104n of October 15, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Value Added Tax and Its Filling Procedure

The amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation extend the list of operations exempted from VAT.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 376 of May 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 109 of February 26, 2004

The amendments pertain to the regulation of tariff rates for thermal and electric energy proceeding from profitability of invested capital.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 429 of May 24, 2010 on the Subsidies at the Expense of the Federal Budget Granted in 2010 to Reimburse the Losses in Incomes of Trade Organisations in the Cases of Sale of New Russian-Made Motor Vehicles with a Discount to Natural Persons Having Disposed of Inoperable Motor Vehicles for Utilisation

Distributes subsidies among organisations for the total amount of Rbl 286.6 million.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-244 of May 19, 2010 on the Recognition As Desperate for Collection and Writing off of Arrears and Debts in Penalties and Fines for the Federal Taxes and Fees

The State Duma adopted amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation envisaging an exhaustive list of reasons to recognise arrears and debts as desperate for collection.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 391 of June 1, 2010 on the Procedure of Creation of the State Information System in the Area of Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency and the Terms of Its Functioning

The goal of the system is providing vital information on the requirements of legislation in the appropriate sphere and the course of its implementation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 385 of June 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 335 of May 30, 2007

Increases amounts of assets of credit organisations subject to antimonopoly control.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 375 of May 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Application of the Uniform Rates of Customs Duties, Taxes for the Goods Moved Across the Customs Border of the Russian Federation by Natural Persons for Personal Use

The amendments apply to natural persons travelling between the Kaliningrad Province and the rest of the territory of Russia.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 279 of May 20, 2010 on the Adjustment of the Rate of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Veneer Sheets of Tropical Wood Measuring in Thickness Not More Than 1 mm

Introduces the zero rate of the import duty for veneer sheets of tropical wood measuring in thickness not more than 1 mm (code according to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union 4408 39 310 0).

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 278 of May 20, 2010 on the Adjustment of the Rates of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Materials Used in Production of Solar Modules (St.Petersburg)

Adjusts the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 263 of May 20, 2010 on the Procedure of Use of Transportation (Shipment), Commercial and/or Other Documents As a Declaration for the Goods (St.Petersburg)

Provides the list of conditions permitting to use transportation (shipment), commercial and/or other documents as a customs declaration for the goods, as well as the list of goods where the mentioned procedure does not apply.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 262 of May 20, 2010 on the Procedure of Registration, Refusal to Register the Declaration for the Goods and the Drawing up of the Refusal to Release the Goods (St.Petersburg)

Endorses the instruction specifying the registration of the declaration for the goods.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 261 of May 20, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Joint Registers of Parties Engaged in Activities in the Customs Sphere, Their Keeping and Forming Procedure (St.Petersburg)

Endorses the forms of joint registers of owners of customs warehouses and temporary storage warehouses, customs representatives and carriers.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 259 of May 20, 2010 on the Requirements to the Outfit of the Dual Corridor System in the Places of Arrival of Goods to the Customs Territory of the Customs Union and Departure from This Territory (St.Petersburg)

Natural persons may choose the ~red~ or ~green~ corridor independently.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 256 of May 20, 2010 on the Procedure of Amending the Declaration for the Goods Before Adoption of the Decision to Release the Goods in the Cases of Preliminary Customs Declaring

Correction of the declaration for the goods is permitted if the declared information on the goods is insufficient or is not in compliance with available requirements.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 255 of May 20, 2010 on the Procedure of Amending the Declaration for the Goods After the Release of Goods

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 254 of May 20, 2010 on the Customs Cost of Goods Moved Across the Customs Border of the Customs Union That Do Not Require Submission of the Documents Confirming the Country of Origin of Goods

Specifies the conditions that do not require submission of the documents confirming the country of origin of goods.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 12-P of May 28, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Parts 2, 3 and 5 of Article 16 of the Federal Law on the Entry into Force of the Housing Code of the Russian Federation, Parts 1 and 2 of Article 36 of the Housing Code of the Russian Federation, Item 3 of Article 3 and Item 5 of Article 36 of the Land Code of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeals of Citizens Y.Y.Dugenets, V.P.Minin and Y.A.Plekhanov

The case challenged the norms pertaining to the right of owners of dwelling space for the land under apartment houses.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 23 of April 29, 2010 on the Invalidation of the Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 8 of February 25, 1998 on Some Issues of the Practice of Resolving of Disputes Pertaining to the Protection of the Property Right and Other Interests in Property

Provides joint explanations of two higher judicial instances.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/204@ of April 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used by Tax Bodies When They Implement Their Authority in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees

Some taxpayers get VAT reimbursed, however, in certain cases, the tax body may abandon this decision.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 157n of March 16, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Limiting Amount of a Narcotic Drug, Psychotropic Substance and Their Precursor in Preparations

Some medicines contain controlled substances in small amounts.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 396 of June 3, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Transfer to the State Management Company of Resources of Accumulated Pensions in the Form of Permitted Assets Purchased at the Expense of Insurance Contributions for the Financing of the Accumulated Part of the Labour Pension and Received by the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation in the Appropriate Year

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 48 of April 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.1.8/2.2.4.2620-10

Refines hygienic requirements to personal computers (SanPiN 2.2.2/2.4.2620-10).

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 30n of April 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form and Procedure of Keeping of the Logbook of Registration of the Process of Denaturing of (Introduction of Denaturing Agents to) Ethyl Alcohol and Non-Edible Alcohol-Containing Products and the Content of Denaturing Agents in Them

This function is handed over from the Federal Tax Service of Russia to the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-21/pz-n of March 25, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Organisation of Electronic Document Turnovers When Electronic Documents with Electronic Digital Signature Are Submitted to the Federal Service for Financial Markets

Specifies general principles of organisation of information exchange with the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 401 of June 9, 2010 on the standards of Disclosed Information for the Subjects of Natural Monopolies Providing Communication Services

Subjects of natural monopolies must provide free access to information on the regulated types of activities.

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 15 of June 10, 2010 on the Amendment to the Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 22 of October 29, 2009 on the Practice of Application by Courts of the Measures of Restraint in the Form of Detention, Bail and the House Arrest

Extends explanations on the above measures in the cases of some economic crimes.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 41n of May 11, 2010 on the Forms of Accounting Reports of Insurance Organisations and Reports Submitted in Compliance with Enforcement Procedure

Revises the forms of accounting reports of insurance organisations, as well as the reports submitted in compliance with enforcement procedure.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 37 of April 26, 2010 on the Endorsement of SP 3.1.7.2615-10

Works out the main requirements to the set of measures aimed at prevention of pseudotuberculosis and intestinal yersiniosis.

Decision of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 13 of June 10, 2010 on Making Amendments and Addenda in Some Decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

The Decision specifies explanations concerning the application of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, time for consideration by courts criminal and civil cases, as well as cases on administrative offences and on disputing regulatory legal acts (in full or in part).
The aim of making such corrections is to bring the explanations into accord with the amendments made in the legislation.
Specifically, according to the amendments made in the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, the time for consideration by courts of cases on bringing to administrative responsibility is extended from 15 days to 2 months. On the basis of this, the explanations concerning such extension have been corrected. Now the time for consideration of a case, subject to the extension thereof, may not exceed 3 months (before it was one month and fifteen days).
The explanations concerning termination of cases on administrative offences in connection with the expiry of limitation periods have been supplemented. If such period has expired, proceedings in respect of a case may not be started and those which have been started must be stopped. In the event of appealing against the decision on termination of a case for the cited reason by the person (in respect of which a record has been drawn up) insisting on innocence thereof, the court is bound to verify such person|s reasons.
The Decision also contains explanations concerning a penalty in the form of administrative suspension of activities of an individual businessman or legal entity. Such punishment may be only imposed by a district court|s judge where it is provided for by articles of the Special Part of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, if a less strict punishment cannot ensure the attainment of the aim of punishment (the decision must contain appropriate reasoning).
The time period of the activities| suspension may not exceed 90 days, including the period while the exercise of activities is temporarily prohibited, if such measure of securing proceedings in respect of a case has been taken.
In a decision on a case a judge is bound to resolve the issue on the activities to be exercised for securing execution of this punishment but he/she must not define any specific measures aimed at their exercise.

Decision of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 12 of June 10, 2010 on the Case-Law as to the Consideration of Criminal Cases on Creating a Criminal Association (Criminal Organisation) or on Participation Therein

New explanations have been prepared as to bringing to criminal responsibility for the creation of a criminal association (criminal organization), for managing it or structural units within it, as well as for participation therein. Their development is caused by adoption of amendments to be made in the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation which, in particular, specify the concept of a criminal association (criminal organisation) proper. The cited association (organization) differs from other kinds of criminal groups due to, among other things, the purpose of committing grave or especially grave crimes, that is, to obtain directly or indirectly financial or other material gains. The concepts of direct and indirect obtainment of the cited gains are disclosed in the Decision. They can be indirect, if crimes do not directly trespass on alien property but can lead to obtainment in the future of monetary assets or rights to such property (or any other material gains) not only by members of an association (organis ation) but also by other persons.
A criminal association (organization) can exercise its criminal activities in the form of a structured organized group or in the form of an alliance of such groups managed by a single governing body.
The Decision enumerates the features of a structured organized group, of a structural unit of a criminal association, as well as of an alliance of organized groups. It is mentioned in the Decision that the readiness of a criminal association (organization) for making crimes can manifest itself , for example, in acquisition and distribution to participants thereof of crime instruments or other means of committing crimes, an agreement on demarcation of areas and spheres of criminal activities.
The Decision analyses the specifics of bringing to responsibility for organizing a criminal association (organisation) or for participation of minors therein, as well as of the persons holding top positions in criminal hierarchy.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 257 of May 20, 2010 on the Instructions for Completing Customs Declarations and on the Forms of Customs Declarations

The Agreement on the Customs Code of the Customs Union will enter into force starting from July 1, 2010. In connection with it, the form of the commodity declaration has been established. The instructions have been endorsed as to entering data to the commodity declaration. The legislation of member states of the Customs Union may introduce additional requirements for completing individual columns of the commodity declaration.
A single commodity declaration shall be used for declaring data on the commodities pertaining to the same shipment which are subjected to the same customs procedure. Data on the commodities pertaining to the same shipment may be declared in several commodity declarations filed with the same customs authority, except when commodities are deemed to be components of something which is presented in an unassembled or dismantled form.
The maximum quantity of commodities that may be declared in the commodity declaration shall be 1000 items.
The commodity declaration consists of basic and supplementary sheets (blank forms). It shall be filed in 4 copies.
When completing the commodity declaration, its electronic copy shall be formed.
The Instructions and the form shall enter into force starting from 2010. Before it, the forms of customs declarations (documents) and the rules for completing them, which are established by the legislation of member states of the Customs Union, shall apply.

Order of the Ministry of Affairs of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation No. 185 of April 19, 2010 on Amending the Regulations on Arranging the Supply to the Population of Individual Protection Equipment endorsed by Order of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation No. 993 of December 21, 2005

The Order specifies the way of supplying individual protection means to the population.
The federal executive power bodies shall reserve individual protection means for their officials and employees of subordinate state-financed organizations (before it was also done for their family members).
Regional authorities shall also supply individual protection means to children of preschool age, trainees and unemployed persons which reside in a constituent entity of the Russian Federation. Previously it was done for the population of a given area. Before the Ministry of Affairs of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation participated in supplying individual protection means to some categories of the population - children; unemployed pensioners and persons residing close to radiation-dangerous, chemically and biologically hazardous facilities - on account of the federal budget. It shall not be done from now on.
The list of areas whose residents are to be provided with individual protection means in war time has been reduced. Now it does not comprise inhabited localities with the facilities which are crucial for national security.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 13-P of June 8, 2010 on the case Concerning Verification of the Constitutionality of Item 4 of Article 292 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Complaint of V.V. Chadaeva

In some instances the consent of the bodies in charge of guardianship is required for selling (for other kind of alienation) of residential premises. It is required when at the premises minor family members of the owner thereof reside who are under guardianship or are without parental custody (and this is known to the guardianship body).
The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has found such regulation unconstitutional, insofar as it does not enable to protect (in particular judicially) violated rights of some children.
Here, those of them are meant who are not formally under guardianship and are not without parental custody (according to the data available to the authorities) but they were actually without parental custody at the time of alienation of the residential premises they resided in.
In such situation, one cannot exclude the possibility that parent acts to the detriment of a minor|s interests. So an adequate procedure of their judicial protection is necessary.
The order of alienation of residential promises when the consent of the guardianship body is only required in the two cited instances is not in itself at variance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
According to the explanation of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, it has been established subject to the presumption of parents| fair behavior and enables to observe the balance of interests of both children and their parents who are owners of the residential premises.
The laws do not envisage that under certain living circumstances a child|s living conditions cannot be deteriorated in principle, if the parents do their best to minimize them. Where there is a dispute, a court shall eventually resolve the issue if the balance of interests has been disrupted.

Decision of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 16 of June 15, 2010 on the Practice of Application by Courts of the Law of the Russian Federation on Mass Media

Explanations have been prepared as to the application of the rules of the Law on Mass Media, in particular of those regulating liability.
Special attention has been paid to dissemination of information in the Internet. Internet sites are not subject to mandatory registration as a mass medium. However, if the founder expresses such wish, the request thereof may not be rejected. If such registration has been made, the dateline must cite, among other things, the registration body and registration number. Accordingly, it is necessary to follow the procedure for updating these data. It is not necessary to obtain a licence for dissemination of data through Internet sites. On the whole, the law|s requirements shall be applied in such instances subject to the specifics of information dissemination through such networks.
The most disputable point is the placement of messages at forums of Internet sites. If a site is registered as a mass medium and comments of its readers are placed without their preliminary editing (for example, at the forum thereof), the editorial board shall not be held liable for its content. If the authorities make an application in connection with an abuse, the editorial board is entitled to delete or edit them. The availability of such application will be taken into account, if the claims are made with a court.
A separate section of explanations concerns censorship and the need for preliminary coordination of materials or messages. Particularly, such demand made by the founder of a mass medium is lawful, if it is provided for by the charter of the editorial board (by the agreement used instead of it). Otherwise, the interference thereof shall be deemed unlawful. An appropriate demand of an official (who has been interviewed) addressed to a reporter shall not be deemed censorship. If the editor in chief or the founder are liable for the materials| content, their demand as to preliminary coordination thereof shall be lawful. If not, any interference into the editorial board|s professional independence or into that of a reporter shall be deemed unlawful.
The law establishes an exhaustive list of grounds for the refusal to register a mass media.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. SHS-37-3/4144@ of June 15, 2010 on the Data Required for Estimation of Tax on Minerals| Extraction for May, 2010

As from January 1, 2007, the rate of tax on minerals| extraction which is equal to 419 roubles per 1 ton of extracted oil which is dehydrated, desalted and stabilized shall be multiplied by the coefficient showing the movement of world oil prices (Kts) and by the coefficient showing the working-out degree of a specific subsoil plot (Kv).
Data for estimation of tax on minerals| extraction for May, 2010 are cited. As the average price level of Urals oil in the Mediterranian and Potterdam crude oil markets is 73.04 US dollars per barrel and the average exchange rate of the US dollar to the rouble in the cited tax period is 30.3582, the Kts shall be 6.7509 (in the previous tax period the Kts was equal to 7.5345). The Kv value shall be independently estimated by a taxpayer.
Thus, in connection with the reduction of oil prices, the rate of tax on minerals| extraction in respect of oil has reduced as compared to the previous tax period.
Data for estimation of tax on minerals| extraction for April, 2010 are stated in Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. SHS-37-3/1895 of May 19, 2010.

Federal Law No. 121-FZ of June 17, 2010 on Amending Article 29 of the Law of the Russian Federation on Education

The federal law specifies a procedure for financing pupils| catering at general education institutions. According to the amendments made, regions are entitled to allocate assets for catering pupils of accredited non-governmental general education institutions. Earlier catering has been only provided for municipal education institutions.

Federal Law No. 120-FZ of June 17, 2010 on Amending Article 184 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

The federal law specifies some provisions of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation which concern bribing of participants and organizers of professional tournaments and spectacular commercial tenders. According to the amendments made, persons who have committed the crime because of extortion on the part of participants and organizers shall be released from liability. They also concern citizens who have voluntarily reported on bribery to the body authorized to initiate criminal proceedings.

Federal Law No. 119-FZ of June 17, 2010 on Amending the Federal law on the State Registration of Rights to Immovable Property and Transactions Therewith, as Well as Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The purpose of the amendments lies in increasing protection of participants in share construction. They consolidate the list of outlays to be made on account of shareholders. The latters are entitled to dissolve an agreement judicially in the event of spending assets by the builder for a wrong purpose. Earlier a shareholder could deny execution of an agreement, if the builder had not transferred the construction object within the time period fixed by the former. Now such right arises in two months after the expiry of this time period. The minimum warranty period of the technological and engineering equipment forming part of the construction object to be transferred to shareholders has been reduced from 5 to 3 years. A share construction object shall be in a shareholder|s pledge as from the date when a permit is obtained to put it in operation (earlier as from the time of the state registration of the builder|s right of ownership). The builder|s guarantor shall bear subsidiary liability with respect to the builder|s commitments, rather than joint one. Now shareholders| assets may not be attracted on the basis of the Law on Investment Activities in the form of capital investments. Administrative liability has been established for non-presentation of documents (data) to the body exercising control and supervision over share construction. Not only the agreements of participation in share construction but also the rights of their participants to an appropriate construction object shall be subject to the state registration. The builder|s services within the framework of an agreement of participation in share construction (except for those which are rendered while building a construction object of industrial purpose) shall be exempted from value-added tax.

Decision of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 17933/09 of May 11, 2010

The reason for a company|s taking a legal action was the refusal to reimburse value-added tax out of the budget. In the opinion of a tax authority, the company had no right to apply the zero rate of value-added tax when exporting repair technical documentation for sale (because the latter is not a commodity). The Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation has found the refusal unlawful and has given the following explanations. By virtue of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, when selling commodities exported under the customs treatment of export, the 0% rate of value-added tax shall apply. A taxpayer is entitled to reduce the total amount of the tax subject to deductions from it. The tax amounts drawn against a taxpayer when acquiring commodities (works, services) on the Russian territory shall be subject to deduction. The Tax Code of the Russian Federation recognizes as a commodity any property sold or intended for sale and as a service any activity whose results, not being material ones, are sold and consumed in the course of exercising it. In the case under consideration the company under a contract of commission made with an enterprise was obliged to supply thereto repair technical documentation. To discharge this obligation it addressed Russian contractors which are developers thereof. Neither the enterpriser, nor the company have developed this documentation and have not registered it as an intangible asset. It has been acquired by the company and itemized solely as a commodity for its exporting. Hence, the documentation exported for sale is a commodity

Letter of the Department of Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-276 of June 11, 2010 on Execution by a Bank of the Decision of a Tax Authority on Suspending Operations on Taxpayer|s Accounts Pending the Receipt of the Decision on the Reversal of Suspending Operations on Accounts of This Taxpayer

A bank is obliged to execute the decision of a tax authority on suspending operations on a taxpayer|s accounts. It shall be done pending the receipt of a report on reversing it. Such suspension shall be reversed at latest within one day following the date when a tax authority receives the documents (copies thereof) proving the recovery of a tax, penalty or fine. Thus, a bank is not entitled to make operations on a taxpayer|s accounts pending the receipt of the decision on the suspension|s reversal.

Federal Law No. 122-FZ of June 21, 2010 on Amending Article 7 of the Law of the Russian Federation on Retirement Insurance of Persons Who Did Military Service, Service in the Internal Affairs Bodies, the State Fire-Fighting Service, Bodies of Control over Traffic of Narcotic Agents and Psychotropic Substances, Penal Institutions and Agencies, as Well as of Their Families, and Article 3 of Federal Law on Retirement Insurance in the Russian Federation

The law makes some amendments in the pension legislation. Earlier the parents of draftees who had perished (died) while doing military service or who had died as a result of a military trauma after their retirement might only receive the survivor|s pension concurrently with one of two kinds of pensions. They are the labour old-age (disability) pension and the social pension (except for that which is paid in case of loss of breadwinner). A similar rule was in effect in respect of widows of draftees, perished while doing military service as a result of a military trauma, who did not remarry. According to the amendments made, the cited persons are entitled to receive the survivor|s pension concurrently with the long-service (disability) pension. It is also established that unmarried widows of military servicemen doing military service on a contractual basis who has died as a result of a trauma, contusion, injury or illness while discharging their official duties are entitled to receive the survivor|s pension and any other one.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 444 of June 16, 2010 on Amending Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 864 of December 31, 2005

The decision makes corrections in the form of a reference note to be attached to the consignment note in respect of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic and alcohol-containing products and specifies a procedure for completing it. Now the form additionally shows the number and date of recording information in the automated system of registration of the volume and turnover of products. Data on the conformity declaration or the conformity certificate may be cited in it. The decision shall enter into effect upon the expiry of a month as from the date when it is officially published.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 433 of June 16, 2010 on the Value of the Insurance Year for 2010

The value of the insurance year of 2010 is 10 392 roubles (7 274 roubles 40 kopecks in 2009). On the basis of it, the amount of the monthly fixed payment to be made by individual businessmen, lawyers and notaries to the budget of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation as an insurance contribution for obligatory pension insurance is specified. The value of the insurance year is also used in estimation of the amount of federal budget assets allocated to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation to compensate for payment of insurance contributions for persons who are on a leave for taking care of a child under 1,5 year old and for draftees. The value of the insurance year is estimated on the basis of the tariff of insurance contributions for obligatory pension insurance and the minimum labour wage fixed as of the start of a year.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 442 of June 16, 2010 on the Rates of Export Customs Fees in Respect of Some Kinds of Timber Exported Outside Member States of Agreements on the Customs Union

The decision fixes a combined export customs fee in respect of other (except for oak, beech and ash) kinds of non-processed timber and those processed using conserving agents (CC FEA Code 4403 10 000 9). Its rate constitutes 25% of the customs value but at least 15 euros per 1 cubic meter. Earlier it was 100 euros per 1 cubic meter. The decision shall enter into effect upon the expiry of 1 month as from the date when it is officially published.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 431 of June 10, 2010 on the Expenditure Rate in the Form of Losses Caused by Forced Butchering of Poultry and Animals

On January 1, 2010 the amendments made in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation came into force. They concern a list of outlays reducing the tax base for payers of uniform agricultural tax. Earlier losses caused by the mortality of poultry and animals might be accounted within the limits of approved rates. Now the outlays caused by their forced butchering shall be also accounted with the limits of approved rates, except when they are caused by natural calamities, fires, accidents, epizootics and other emergency situations. In this connection, the rates of outlays in the form of losses caused by forced butchering of poultry and animals are fixed. The decision shall enter into effect as from the date when it is officially published and shall extend to the legal relations arising since January 1, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 419 of June 9, 2010 on Supplying Data on the Activities Connected with Traffic of Precursors of Narcotic Agents and Psychotropic Substances and on Registration of Operations Connected with Their Traffic

Under the decision, legal entities and individual businessmen are bound to report on the activities connected with the traffic of precursors of narcotic agents and psychotropic substances. Here those of them are meant which are included in List IV and are subject to control. Quarterly and annual reports on the quantity of each precursor made shall be formed. Annually shall be drawn up reports on the volume of sold and used substances. They shall be submitted to regional agencies of the Federal Service for Control over Traffic of Narcotics of the Russian Federation. Reports on precursors| importation (exportation) shall be also drawn up. They shall be forwarded to the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Forms of the cited reports are shown and the time for their presentation is fixed. When exercising activities connected with the traffic of precursors, any operations in the course of which the quantity of substances is changed shall be entered to a special register. The specifics of registering operations which involve serving out, sale, acquisition or use of some substances are established. Every month an entry shall be made in the register on the total quantity of served, sold, acquired or used substances. There is no need for proving these operations by documents. The decision makes amendments in some acts of the Government of the Russian Federation concerning registration of narcotic agents and psychotropic substances. The decision shall enter into force as from July 22, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 409 of June 9, 2001 on the Exercise by Officials of the Federal Service for Supervision over Transport of Control (Supervisory) Functions

The decision defines the scope of authority of officials of the Federal Service for Supervision over Transport (of its regional agencies) authorized to exercise control (supervisory) functions. The latter shall be exercised in the following areas: civil aviation, use of air space of Russia, air navigation service, air and space search and rescue, sea transport (including sea ports), inland water, railway, industrial, motor and urban land electric transport, navigation hydrotechnical facilities, road facilities, as well as transport safety. A state transport inspector shall exercise control (supervision), in particular, over the exercise of activities aimed at reducing harmful effects of transport over the environment, satisfaction by the entities of the transport complex of the established requirements and ensuring transport safety. An inspector is entitled to examine transport facilities and vehicles, that is, to have free access to official and industrial premises (including an airport|s (airdrome|s) control zone). The inspector is authorised to detain luggage, freight and mail whose air carriage is banned and to participate in investigating accidents (incidents). An inspector shall have a uniform, official identification card, numbered lapel badge and personal numbered stamp. An inspector|s decisions and actions (omission to act) may be complained against. The provisions concerning the rights and responsibility of civil aviation state inspectors, as well as on the Russian Transport Inspectorate, have been invalidated.

Decision of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 3342/10 of June 1, 2010

A treasury agency suspended an operation which involved spending assets kept on an institution|s personal accounts. Its failure to implement a decision of a court of law had served as a ground for it. The institution holding that these actions were unlawful took a legal action. It also made the petition for taking interim relief measures - to suspend the operation of the treasury agnecy|s notice (that is, actually to release blocked accounts before settling the dispute). The Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation disagreed with the conclusions made by inferior courts which had deemed possible to take these measures. By virtue of the Arbitration Procedural Code of the Russian Federation, a court may suspend the operation of a disputable act or decision on an applicant|s petition. Meanwhile, as it was stressed by the Presidium, it is inadmissible to suspend the operation of acts or decisions of state and other control bodies where there are grounds to believe that it can disrupt the balance of interests of an applicant and third persons, as well as of public interests. Such suspension is also impossible if it can entail the impossibility to execute a disputable act (decision) in case of the refusal to satisfy the applicant|s claims. In the given case, the courts, having suspended the operation of the treasury agency|s notice, actually impeded execution of an act of a court of law and of a writ of execution as to making recovery from an institution for the benefit of an individual. In so doing, they interfered the activities of a court of law. The Arbitration Procedural Code only allows to suspend recovery under the writ of execution disputed by the claimant, if it is effected in an extrajudicial (direct) procedure. The writ of execution issued by the court does not pertain to such category of documents.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 284 of May 20, 2010 on Specifying the Codes of the CC FEA of the Customs Union and Correcting the Rates of Import Customs Fees in Respect of Some Kinds of Tropical Oils

The decision temporarily (for 9 months) alters import customs fees in respect of palm oil. This concerns raw oil (except for that intended for technical or industrial purposes, excluding the manufacture of food products) and its fractions (except for those intended for the abovementioned purposes, as well as of solid fractions in original packages with net weight of at most 1 kg). Before making the amendments, the rate of the fee in respect of these commodities in boxes, barrels, tanks or cans with net weight of 200 kg or less had to constitute 15 % of the customs value but at least 0.12 euro for 1 kg. Otherwise it would be equal to 0.
Now the following is provided for instead. If these commodities are packed in a tare with the capacity of 20 t or less, the fee rate shall be 0.4 euros per 1 kg. Otherwise it would be equal to 0.
The decision shall enter into force in 30 calendar days after its official publication by the Commission of the Customs Union.

Order of the Federal Financial Markets Service No. 10-29/pz-n of April 27, 2010 on Endorsing the Criteria and Procedure for Inclusion of Foreign Stock Exchanges in the List of Foreign Stocks Exchanges Where the Listing Procedure is a Mandatory Condition for Adoption by a Russian Stock Exchange of the Decision to Admit Securities of Foreign Issuers to Sales without the Decision of the Federal Executive Power Body Responsible for the Securities Market on Their Admittance to Public Placement or Public Circulation in the Russian Federation, as Well as on Endorsing the Cited List

Securities of foreign issuers shall be admitted to public circulation in Russia, if a domestic stock exchange renders the decision on their admittance to sales. To this end, it is necessary for securities (except for those which are held by international financial organizations) to be subjected to a listing procedure at a foreign stock exchange. The latter must be included in the list established by the Federal Financial Markets Service of the Russian Federation. The list is now endorsed, as well as the criteria and procedure for including foreign stock exchanges in it.
The Federal Financial Markets Service of the Russian Federation shall render the decision on inclusion of a stock exchange in the list (on its exclusion from it) on the basis of applications of foreign stock exchanges, international organisations of stock exchanges or of authorized agencies (organizations) of foreign states, as well as of the data inserted (published ) in their official Internet sites. Besides, it may be done on the basis of mass media reports , as well as of applications of legal entities and natural persons. In total, 65 foreign stock exchanges have been included in the list.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 7, 2010 under registration No. 17494.<

Order of the Ministry of Public health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 242n of April 16, 2010 on Endorsement of, and on the Procedure for Keeping and Making, Statistical Registration Forms and Reports on Implementation of the State Task Which Involves Rendering High-Technology Medical Aid to Citizens of the Russian Federation on Account of Budget Appropriations from the Federal Budget

The order endorses new forms of the slip, application and waitlist which are used for rendering high-technology medical aid within the framework of the state task.
The forms of reports on rendering high-technology medical aid and using assets allocated for it have been renewed.
A slip for rendering high-technology medical aid shall be drawn up in respect of every patient using both paper and electronic media. All stages of high-technology medical aid shall be recorded.
Applications for rendering high-technology medical aid shall be formed by regional state power bodies in charge of public health and by federal medical institutions. They shall be forwarded to the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation before September 1 of the year preceding the planning period.
Regional agencies and medical institutions, including those which are subordinate to the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, the Federal Medical and Biological Agency and the Russian Academy of Medical Science shall form on a quarterly and annual basis data on rendering high-technology medical aid. Information may be presented both in paper and/or electronic forms.
The previous forms of the cited statistical reports/statements are declared invalidated.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 17, 2010 under registration No. 17565.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 457 of June 21, 2010 on Endorsing the Additional Indexation Coefficient for Social Pensions to Be Applied as from July 1, 2010

Social pensions are indexed on an annual basis for taking into account advance in prices of goods and services in the previous year. Starting from July 1, 2010, the indexation coefficient shall be equal to 1.0341. The decision shall enter into effect as from the cited date

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 967-r of June 10, 2010

A number of organisations making operations in monetary assets or other property are bound to exercise internal control. The purpose of it lies in opposition to legalization (laundering) of incomes derived in a criminal way and to financing of terrorism. The order establishes a uniform approach to the development of internal control rules. It shall be applied by the cited organisations, except for credit ones. Professional participants of the securities market, insurance and leasing companies, federal postal communication organisations, pawnshops, operators engaged in receiving payments, realtor agencies and some other ones are meant here. The internal control rules contain a procedure for documentary recording of required information and for keeping it confidential. They consolidate the qualification requirements for the personnel training. It also establishes the criteria for detecting, and signs of, unusual transactions subject to the specifics of the activities exercised by an organization. A special official shall be held liable for observance of internal control rules. He/she shall head the appropriate structural unit of an organisation. Such official|s functions, powers and duties shall be defined in the internal control rules. The order also contains a list of internal control programmes and describes their content.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 117 of May 18, 2010 on Amending Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 134 of November 8, 2006

The Air code of the Russian Federation provides for the following. If an electronic carriage document is used, a passenger is entitled to receive an attested extract from the automated information system of air carriage registration. In connection with this, the order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation establishing the form of an electronic air passenger ticket and baggage-check has been amended. In particular, it is specified that the itinerary slip is an extract from the cited system. The itinerary slip is classified as a strict accountability document The order provides for a uniform list of carriage data to be contained in the itinerary slip (extract), electronic flight, check and agency air ticket portions. Earlier it was not obligatory to show some data in these portions. Information about a passenger, tariff and its equivalent (where it is applied), the total cost of carriage, form of payment etc. are meant here. It is defined what the unique number of an electronic air ticket consists of. The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 9, 2010 under registration No. 17533.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 1144 of June 16, 2010 on Customs Clearance of Machines Supplied as Separate Components

The instructions on classification, customs clearance of and control over machines supplied as separate components provides for the following. Some machines are classified by the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation. In order to effect customs clearance thereof according to a uniform code, the Service|s classification decision is required.
As from July 1, 2010, customs clearance of appropriate machines in respect of which such decisions have been previously adopted, if it is not yet completed, shall be effected in compliance with the instructions. It is worth noting that the latter concerns the commodities which are to be placed under the customs treatments of release for internal consumption or free customs zone.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 21, 2010 under registration No. 17606.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 473 of May 11, 2010 on Amending the Procedure for Enrollment of Citizens to Accredited Educational Institutions of Secondary Vocational Education Endorsed by Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 4 of January 15, 2009

The order specifies the procedure for enrollment of citizens to institutions of secondary professional education. In particular, institutions of secondary professional education shall enroll citizens who had finished school before January 1, 2009 (that is, before introduction of the uniform state examination) on the basis of the results of entrance examinations held by an institution of secondary professional education. Earlier the cited persons were only enrolled to the department of part-time training (evening classes) or of training by correspondence. Now they are also allowed to enter the department of full-time training.
The order also reviews a list of data to be cited in an application filed by enrollees.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 481 of May 11, 2010 on Amending the Procedure for Enrollment of Citizens to Accredited Educational Institutions of Higher Vocational Education Endorsed by Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 442 of October 21, 2009

The order corrects the procedure for enrollment of citizens to state-accredited higher educational institutions. It shall not extend to the institutions implementing military vocational educational programmes.
As regards the persons who had received secondary (full) general education before January 1, 2009, the form of entrance examinations for them shall be independently established by a higher educational institution. It concerns all forms of training, rather than only part-time training and training by correspondence, as before. The results of the uniform state examination may be also accepted from the cited persons.
The order established a list of obligatory data to be cited in an application by an enrollee. In particular, data on passing the uniform state examination and on the place where it was passed shall be cited therein. Where there are several results of the uniform state examination whose validity term has not yet expired, in an application it shall be specified, what results and in respect of what general education subjects an enrollee is going to use. Besides, data on the availability or unavailability of the diploma of the winner or prizewinner of an appropriate Olympiad of schoolchildren, as well as special rights as to the enrollment to a higher educational institution. shall be mentioned therein. When filing an application, the model inserted in the official Internet site of a higher educational institution or in the federal state information system ~Uniform Portal of State and Municipal Services (Functions)~ may be used.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 333 of May 4, 2010 on Endorsing the Instructions on the Procedure for Acceptance, Registration and Solution by Internal Affairs Bodies of the Russian Federation of Applications, Appeals and Other Information about Incidents.

The new Instructions on the Procedure for Acceptance, Registration and Solution by Internal Affairs Bodies of the Russian Federation of Applications, Appeals and Other Information about Incidents are endorsed. They are not essentially different as compared to the previous ones. But there are some innovations in them.
In particular, now it is allowed to file reports through the Internet.
The operations duty officer is now bound while he/she is on duty to report to the head of the internal affairs division about the reports on incidents that have been received. The latter is bound in the instructions thereof made on an application to identify in writing the executor, time of and procedure for its solution. Appeals in writing that do not contain data on incidents shall be delivered to the secretariat on the basis of the instructions of the head of the internal affairs division. They shall be considered as ordinary citizens| applications. The registration number of the secretariat|s registration form shall be entered to the register of reports. Reports shall be delivered to the executor for solution in compliance with the cited register. In so doing, the time and date of their delivery shall be fixed, with the executor|s signature and family name be affixed thereto.
The inspection materials and a copy of the decision on the refusal to initiate criminal proceedings shall be delivered to the prosecutor within 24 hours as from the time when it is issued for verifying their substantiation and lawfulness. A copy of the decision shall be forwarded to the applicant.
The former instructions are declared invalidated.
The order shall enter into effect upon the expiry of 1 month after the date when it is officially published. It is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 9, 2010 under registration No. 17532.

Order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 357 of April 29, 2010 on Endorsing the Rules for Defining by Manufacturers and Importers the Energy Efficiency Class of a Commodity and Other Information about Its Energy Efficiency

The rules for defining by manufacturers and importers of energy efficiency classes of some commodities, in particular of electric compression refrigerators for storing and/or freezing food products at home, washing and dish-washing machines, domestic air conditioners, cooking hot plates, electric cabinet ovens, microwave cookers, colour television sets, devices for heating and liquids| warming, elevators and computer monitors, have been developed.
An appropriate index shall be estimated for defining the energy efficiency class of electric refrigerators. In so doing, the standard and annual volumes of energy consumption, number of partitions for storing food products, their capacity etc. shall be taken into account.
When defining the energy efficiency class of washing machines, shall be taken into account, in particular, the actual energy consumption rate, quality of washing and squeezing out, rate speed of the centrifuge and water consumption.
7 energy efficiency classes are provided for cooking hot plates within the range from A (maximum) to G (minimum). The actual energy consumption shall be taken into account.
As regards elevators, the efficiency coefficient of the electric drive, nominal energy input of auxiliary devices (lighting, ventilation, voice communication, alarm system), elevating capacity, hoisting height and speed shall be taken into account.
To define energy efficiency classes and characteristics, tests (measurements) shall be made, this to be done by accredited laboratories (centers).
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 11, 2010 under registration No. 17550

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 469 of June 21, 2010 on Endorsing the Model Education Agreement between a Federal State Body and a Citizen of the Russian Federation with Obligatory Subsequent Doing of the Federal Civil Service and on the Procedure for Providing, and on the Rate of, an Additional Payment to Citizens Who Have Made Appropriate Agreements

The decision stipulates that for getting prepared for the civil service a person may be trained under an agreement with its obligatory subsequent doing. The model form of the agreement is endorsed. It shall be concluded on the basis of the results of a competition. Citizens of full age who are going to get higher or secondary vocational education for the first time on a full-time basis may participate in the cited competition. A citizen who has made such agreement shall receive an extra payment in the amount of 50% of the state educational allowance fixed for full-time students. The cited amount shall be remitted to a person|s bank account on a monthly basis.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 467 of June 21, 2010 on Reimbursement of Outlays on Reservation and Renting of Residential Premises Connected with Business Missions on the Territory of the Russian Federation to Military Servicemen and Officials of Some Federal Executive Power Bodies on Account of the Federal Budget Assets

The decision defines the way of compensation for outlays on reservation and renting of residential premises to be paid to military servicemen and officials of some departments, in particular of agencies of internal affairs, the state fire-fighting service of the Ministry of Affairs of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation the, Federal Service for Control over Traffic of Narcotics, the Federal Customs Service. It also concerns the officer ranks of the State Courier Service.
The outlays shall be reimbursed on account of the federal budget in the amount of actual expenses proved by appropriate documents.
The decision fixes the reimbursement rates. They shall not exceed for persons who are general officers, or have higher officer ranks or an appropriate position, as well as for colonels (I rank captains) holding commanding (executive) positions, the cost of a two-room suite and for all other military servicemen and officials - the cost of a one-room (single) suite.
If there are no supporting documents (a person has not been accommodated at a hotel), the outlays on renting residential premises shall be reimbursed in the amount of 30% of the fixed rate of the per diem allowance for each day while being on a business mission.
Where it is necessary not to stay at a hotel, departments are entitled to define the kinds of documents proving actual outlays on it for reimbursement thereof.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 1009 of May 25, 2010 on Amending Order of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation No. 1777 of September 29, 2009

The order specifies the procedure for customs clearance of, and control over, aircrafts and commodities carried by them. The carrier or the person acting on the instructions thereof are entitled to file documents and data with a customs authority prior to the actual arrival of an aircraft and commodities.
It is established that preliminary information about the commodities to be moved across the customs border may be presented in the electronic form.
The order specifies the actions of customs officials while adopting the decision to unload (to export) imported commodities. Where there are bans and restrictions established with respect to the commodities to be imported (exported), the decision on their unloading (exportation) shall be rendered after the carrier (the person acting on the instructions thereof) has presented a set of licencing documents. If commodities| handling is controlled by other bodies, the decision shall be adopted after their activities| completion.
After finishing a check-up of the presented documents and making all necessary notes, in the upper right corner of the general declaration shall be cited the number of the case-file of aircraft|s departure. The order describes the procedure for compiling the latter.
The order shall enter into effect staring from July 1, 2010. It is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 17, 2010 under registration No. 17575.

Order of the Federal Fisheries Agency No. 445 of May 12, 2010 on Endorsing the Procedure for Arranging Control over the Exercise by the State Power Bodies of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation of the Powers in Respect of Organisation, Regulation and Protection of Aquatic Biological Resources Delegated Thereto by the Russian Federation

Some federal powers concerning aquatic biological resources have been delegated to the regions. They concern their protection in inland water bodies (with some exceptions), the arrangement and regulation of some kinds of fishing (industrial, amateur, sporting, coastal ones , as well as the one for ensuring the traditional way of life of the indigenous smaller peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East), except for some aquatic biological resources.
The order establishes the way of controlling the exercise of the delegated powers by the Federal Fisheries Agency and by regional bodies (departments) thereof. To this end, inspections shall be made. Information about planned inspections shall be inserted in the Internet. Extraordinary inspections shall be held, if the time period for execution of an order to remove the violations detected before has expired, as well as in some other instances. The subject of the cited inspections is defined and the duties of the officials engaged in an inspection are consolidated.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 17, 2010 under registration No. 17569.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation No. 138 of April 30, 2010 on Endorsing the Normative Standards of Permissible Taking Out of Hunting Resources and Normative Standards of the Quantity of Hunting Resources in a Hunting Area

The order establishes the limits of taking out hunting resources with respect to certain kinds thereof. They shall be equal to its annual permissible volume. The latter shall be estimated on the basis of the normative standards of their permissible taking out. The hunting resources for which the cited limits are not endorsed shall be taken out in compliance with normative standards and norms in an appropriate sphere.
The order also endorses normative standards of the quantity of hunting reserves in a hunting area. These normative standards shall consist of the indices of maximum and minimum quantity. The latter of the indices shall be only established for those kinds of hunting resources which are taken out in compliance with the limit thereof.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 18, 2010 under registration No. 17603.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation No. 121 of April 23, 2010 on Endorsing the Procedure for Issuance of Permits to Take Out Hunting Resources and the Form of the Permit to Take Out Hunting Resources

The order defines the procedure for issuance of permits to take out hunting resources. They are required for commercial, amateur or sporting hunting, as well as for hunting for the purpose of scientific research and educational activities, for regulation of the quantity, acclimatization, resettlement and hybridization of hunting resources, maintenance and breeding of the latter in semi-wild conditions or in artificial habitat.
If hunting is planned in an assigned special area, permits shall issued by the organisations and individual businessmen that have made game husbandry agreements or, if hunting is to be carried out in generally accessible areas, by authorised regional agencies. Hunting in specially protected natural areas shall be carried out on the basis of the permit issued by an appropriate environmental institution.
Natural persons whose data is contained in the state game husbandry register or foreigners temporary staying in Russia may obtain such permits. The latter shall make a contract of rendering game husbandry services. The cited organizations and individual businessmen shall likewise issue permits to their employees discharging appropriate duties. The permits shall be issued within a working day or, if an application has been sent by mail, within a five-day term on a payable basis.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 18, 2010 under registration No. 17604.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 468 of June 21, 2010 on the Procedure for Exercising Building Control When Carrying Out Construction, Re-Construction and Basic Repair of Capital Construction Objects

The decision defines the procedure for exercising building control. It shall be done in the course of construction, re-construction and basic repair of capital construction objects. The purpose of building control lies in verifying if carried out works conform to the project and working documentation, the results of engineering survey, the town-planning scheme of a land plot and technical regulations. Such control shall be exercised by the contractor, builder, orderer or by the organisation that has prepared the project documentation and has been attracted for appropriate purposes. The decision establishes a list of control activities. In particular, the contractor shall check the quality of construction materials, articles, structural elements and equipment, as well as the compliance with the norms and rules for stockpiling and keeping these products, order and composition of technological operations etc.. The results of such control shall be recorded in a report. The decision fixes the normative standards of the orderer|s outlays on the exercise of control activities which are covered in full or in part out of the federal budget, as well as the normative standard of the number of the orderer|s personnel engaged in the exercise of such control.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 568 of May 26, 2010 on the Procedure for Holding an Expert Examination of Applications for Participation in a Tender for Obtaining Grants of the Government of the Russian Federation Aimed at the State Support to Scientific Research Works Carried Out under the Guidance of Leading Scientists at Russian Educational Institutions of Higher Vocational Education

Grants of the Government of the Russian Federation shall be granted on the basis of the results of a tender for supporting scientific research works carried out under the guidance of leading scientists at Russian higher educational establishments. Winners of such tenders shall be defined on the basis of the results of an expert examination of applications for participation in a tender. The order consolidates the procedure for holding it. An expert examination shall be held in compliance with the criteria which are established by the Grants| Board. The goal of it lies in assessing the quality, substantiation and expected results of such research works. The tender commission shall form expert groups, each of them consisting of at least 3 persons. The maximum time period while a member of an expert group holds an expert examination shall be 5 days. The information contained in expert opinions shall be confidential. The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 18, 2010 under registration No. 17600.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMB-7-3/241@ of May 20, 2010 on Endorsing the Forms of Documents Used by Tax Authorities When They Exercise Their Authority in the Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees

In 2009 the Tax Code of the Russian Federation was amended, this providing for the claiming procedure for reimbursement of value-added tax. It means that the tax amount claimed for reimbursement in a tax declaration shall be set off (repaid) before completing the desk tax audit held on the basis of it. After filing an application before the end of a desk tax audit a specified tax declaration shall be filed. If, for example, a specified tax declaration is filed before the adoption of the decision to reimburse value-added tax but prior to the end a desk tax audit, the decision in respect of the previously filed declaration shall be reversed. It shall be done at latest on the day following the date when a specified tax declaration is filed. On the basis of this, the form of the decision to reverse the decision on reimbursement of value-added tax in a claiming procedure in connection with filing a specified declaration is endorsed. The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 17, 2010 under registration No. 17571.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 116 of May 18, 2010 on Establishing the Form of an Electronic Multipurpose Document

The order endorses the form of an electronic multipurpose document. It shall be used in rendering services to passengers (including supplementary ones), collection of fees and payments. The document consists of several electronic coupons: cost, control and agency ones. Besides, it includes a receipt. The availability of the latter and of the cost coupon shall be mandatory. The cost coupon shows the following statuses: opened for use; airport control; registration passed; exchange/re-issuance; used for carriage/used; emplanement has been effected; return is effected; suspended; unavailable for use; cancelled; closed. The order describes the content of an electronic multipurpose document. It shall be formed with use of an automated system. The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 17, 2010 under registration No. 17567.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 162 of May 14, 2010 on Endorsing the Rules for Using Forests for Processing Timber and Other Forest Resources

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation regulates forest relations within the scope of authority thereof. Earlier the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology was engaged in it. In connection with this, a new procedure for using forests for the purpose of processing timber and other resources is defined. As before, municipal and state-owned plots shall be let on lease to legal entities and individual businessmen. Such plots may be allotted for permanent (termless) use to federal state institutions, if such institutions are permitted to process timber and other forest resources. In the course of exploiting forests it shall be allowed to construct, re-construct and operate facilities which are not connected with creation of the forests infrastructure. In the course of forest exploitation it shall not be permitted to carryout works which can disrupt the surface and ground water flows, to drown or water-log plots or contaminate the allotted area. The persons engaged in forest exploitation must clean land plots on a regular basis, to restore forest roads, drainage ditches, drainage systems, to prevent emergency situations and fires. The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 18, 2010 under registration No. 17594.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 174 of May 11, 2010 on Endorsing the Model Terms and Conditions of an Energy Service Agreement (Contract) Which May Be Included into a Contract of Purchase and Sale, Supply and Transmittance of Energy Resources (Except for Natural Gas)

The law on energy saving and enhancement of energy efficiency has introduced into the civil circulation an energy service agreement (contract). The subject of the latter are the executor| actions which are aimed at saving energy and enhancing the efficiency of using the orderer|s energy resources.As agreed by the purchaser and the person which sells, supplies or transmits energy resources, the terms and conditions of such agreement may be included into an appropriate contract, except for natural gas. The model terms and conditions of the cited agreement are defined, in particular a list of the activities to be exercised by the seller (supplier) with the aim of energy saving and energy efficiency enhancement, the value of energy resources| saving in kind, a procedure for assessing it on the basis of readings of registration instruments, time for achieving it etc. The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 17, 2010 under registration No. 17573.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 428 of April 23, 2010 on Endorsing the Regulations on the Procedure for Holding an Expert Examination of Text-Books

The order establishes a new procedure for holding an expert examination of text-books. As before, such expert examination is held for the purpose of ensuring text-books| quality. One more aim lies in forming federal lists of editions recommended (admitted) for use at educational establishments implementing general education programmes and accredited by the State. One of the tasks of an expert examination is specified. Earlier the compliance of a text-book|s content was assessed solely with the federal component of the state general education standard, but now it shall be done with respect to the federal state educational standard of an appropriate stage of general education. The other tasks thereof remain the same. The Russian Academy of Science, the Russian Academy of Education, as well as other organisations shall participate in an expert examination. The charters of the latter must be endorsed by the Government of the Russian Federation and provide for appropriate authority. Earlier a list of expert organizations was formed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. An expert examination shall be held prior to October 15 of the current year (earlier it was done before October 1). Both a positive and negative expert opinions must be substantiated (earlier it concerned only a negative expert opinion). The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 23, 2010 under registration No. 17623.

Federal Law No. 123-FZ of June 28, 2010 on Amending Article 1 of the Federal Law on Personal Data and Article 15 of the Federal Law on Ensuring Access to the Information about the Activities of Courts in the Russian Federation.

The amendments made by the law concern information about courts| activities. From now on the Law on Personal Data shall not extend to the relations connected with supply of the cited information by authorized bodies. A list of persons whose family names and initials are not to be excluded from the texts of acts issued by courts of law which are inserted in the Internet has been expanded. Now the cited list includes the plaintiff and defendant, third person, convict, acquitted person, person in respect of which administrative proceedings have been initiated and representative. Initially, solely judges, prosecutors and lawyers were included in the list According to the amendments made, judicial orders shall not be inserted in the Internet. This federal law shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No.14-P of June 22, 2010 on the Case Concerning Verification of Constitutionality of the Subitem (a) of Item 1 and the Subitem (a) of Item 8 of Article 29 of the Federal Law on the Basic Guarantees of Election Rights and the Right to Participation in a Referendum of Citizens of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Complaint of Citizen A.M. Malitsky

The rules under which the obtainment of a residence permit in a foreign state by a Russian citizen deprives him/her of the ability to be a member of a regional election commission (with the right of casting vote) were disputed. The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has found such restriction of rights unconstitutional and has given the following explanation. The right to participate in the administration of public affairs is an integral element of the constitutional law status of a citizen in a democratic society. One of the forms of the exercise of this right is the participation in the activities of election commissions and referendum commissions. Ensuring the authority of both such commissions proper and members thereof essentially has the status of a guarantee of election rights. A law may define the circumstances under which a citizen is not allowed to exercise the authority of an election commission|s member. Such restrictions shall be imposed for preventing from participation in such bodies| functioning persons in respect of which there are substantial grounds for having doubts as to their ability to discharge their duties independently, impartially and lawfully. The issuance of a residence permit in a foreign state to a person shows that he/she is granted the status of a permanent resident (of a long-term resident) therein. It suggests the possibility of official use of the document proving such status for certifying his/her identity in this country. The availability of a residence permit, as a rule, does not suggest vesting the holder thereof with political rights in a foreign state (in particular, with the right to elect and be elected). Nevertheless, if such persons are vested with political right to a certain extent, it does not mean that their position in their relations with the country of their nationality will be inevitably changed. Thus, a Russian citizen when receiving a residence permit in a foreign state acquires the right of long-term residence therein. However, it shall not entail the loss or reduction of the value of political and legal relations of a given person with Russia. Accordingly, he/she enjoys the right to participate in the administration of public affairs of the State and, in particular, to be a member of a regional election commission with a casting vote.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 472 of June 26, 2010 on Endorsing the Rates of Export Customs Fees in Respect of Raw Oil and Some Categories of Oil Products Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and Territories of Member States of Agreements on the Customs Union

The fee rate in respect of oil is reduced from 292.1 down to 248.8 US dollars per 1 ton. The exportation of gas oils, benzol, toluene, xylol, light and middle distillates has also become cheaper (179.9 US dollars as compared to 209.1 US dollars before). The fee rate has been reduced from 112.7 down to 96.9 US dollars per 1 ton in respect of oil vaseline, mineral wax and similar products (except for raw and other ones), oil coke and bitumen, other residues of processing oil or oil products made of bituminous rock (except for calcinated coke), liquid fuel, oils and waste oil products. In respect of the cited exceptions the 0 rate shall apply. When exporting propane, butane, propylene, bytilene, butadiene and other liquefied gases, the rate of 20.5 US dollars per 1 ton shall apply ( this being 27.3 US dollars before). The decision shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010.

A Review of the Legislation and Case-Law of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for the First Quarter of 2010 (Endorsed by the Decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of June 16, 2010).

The review contains the materials of the most illustrative civil and criminal cases, as well as brief conclusions as to some instances of applying laws. A number of issues are considered, including those which arise in disputes resulting from labour, social and public legal relations. Explanations are given in respect of surety|s obligations under a credit contract. If borrowed assets are repaid by making payments on a periodical basis, the limitation period for making claims against sureties shall be calculated starting from the time when a regular payment is mature. An indication in a contract that the cited person have been familiarised with all the terms and conditions of a credit agreement (including the validity term thereof) shall not be deemed the term thereof concerning the validity term of a contract of suretyship. For a breach of the Traffic Rules recorded by a special technical device both the natural persons and legal entities which are the owners of transport vehicles may be brought to administrative responsibility. On such occasion, cases on complaining by organisations against decisions shall be within the scope of jurisdiction of courts of law. If the owner of a flat intends to lodge in the flat (in particular in a one-room flat) which is under common share ownership the family members thereof or other citizens, the consent of all co-owners of this residential premises shall be required. Meanwhile, if minors are concerned, they shall be lodged with their parents, regardless of the opinions of other owners thereof. An employer is entitled (by approbation of a trade-union), when making a collective agreement, to define a procedure for estimation of additional stimulating payments provided for by the wage system used by such employer. The concepts of the unmarried mother and of the person bringing up a child without mother have been analysed to apply the guarantees consolidated by the Labour Code of the Russian Federation, as regards the prohibition to dissolve a labour contract on the initiative of the employer. As regards the case-law concerning criminal cases, some peculiarities of qualifying crimes, of the rules for imposition of penalties, as well as procedural matters, have been examined. The position of the European Court of Human Rights shown in some cases against Russia have been stated.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 296 of June 18, 2010 on the Regulations on the Procedure for Adoption by the Commission of the Customs Union of Decisions and Explanations Concerning the Classification of Some Kinds of Commodities

For the purpose of uniform interpretation of the CC FEA the Commission of the Customs Union is entitled to render decisions and give explanations concerning the classification of some kinds of commodities. Authorised customs agencies of member states of the Customs Union may apply to the Commission for this. The Commission shall consider agencies| proposals as to the classification of commodities in compliance with the CC FEA of the Customs Union and appropriate draft decisions and explanations. It may also consult agencies in respect of such classification and coordinate with them draft decisions and explanations thereof. The decisions and explanations made by the Commission may be amended or reversed. It shall be possible, if the CC FEA of the Customs Union has been corrected, or errors have been detected, or additional information has been obtained. The Commission|s decisions shall be inserted in the official Internet site thereof. They are binding for member states of the Customs Union. The decision shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 293 of June 18, 2010 on Some Issues of the Transitional Period, as Regards Collection of Indirect Taxes When Exporting and Importing Commodities, Carrying Out Works and Rendering Services in the Customs Union

As from July 1, 2010, the Customs Code of the Customs Union shall enter into force. In this connection, some decisions have been adopted which concern the transitional period. A number of customs treatments applied before the cited date to domestic commodities imported to a member state of the Customs Union from another one or exported from a member state of the Customs Union to another one shall be terminated in the following way. Commodities shall be declared in the procedure effective at the time when the application of these treatments began. The treatments of processing on (outside) the customs territory and for internal consumption are meant here. The same is true in respect of temporary storage of commodities moved within the framework of mutual trade. Indirect taxes on commodities imported from (exported to) member states of the Customs Union which have been subjected to customs procedures, treatments and operations in compliance with the national legislation and have not been completed before July 1, 2010 shall be collected by customs authorities of the parties. In mutual trade the following rule shall apply to the commodities which have been preliminary declared with a customs authority of the importing country and in respect of which indirect taxes have been paid. To prove the reasonableness of the zero rate of value-added tax and/or exemption from excise duties the exporter of commodities shipped after July 1, 2010 shall file , instead of an application for commodities importation and payment of indirect taxes, a copy of the customs declaration drawn up when releasing commodities for free circulation.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 288 of June 18, 2010 on the Form of the Customs Pay-In Slip and on the Procedure for Completing and Applying the Customs Pay-In Slip

As from July 1, 2010, the Customs Code of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan shall enter into force. Natural person moving commodities across the border of the Customs Union for personal use shall pay taxes and fees on the basis of the customs pay-in slip. The decision endorses the form of the customs pay-in slip and a procedure for completing it. Forms of the customs pay-in slip consist of sewn sheets and shall be completed by a customs official in three copies. Additional sheets shall form an integral part of it. The customs pay-in slip shall apply for showing the computation and/or making, as well as for automating registration, of payments and other amounts administered by customs authorities. The decision shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 287 of June 18, 2010 on Endorsing the Form of the Passenger Customs Declaration and the Procedure for Completing the Passenger Customs Declaration

In some cases a natural person crossing the border of the Customs Union shall be bound to declare in writing commodities intended for personal use. Their list is established in the Customs Code of the Customs Union. It concerns, in particular, cultural valuables, commodities which are moved as unaccompanied baggage or in respect of which bans and restrictions are imposed, temporary imported transport vehicles, securities and currency valuables. A citizen may also declare other commodities at his/her choice. The form of, and procedure for completing, the appropriate declaration are endorsed,.It consists of three form sheets. The last of them shall be completed, if cash money (including foreign currency) and traveler|s cheques in the amount exceeding 10 thousand US dollars are carried. It shall also be completed when moving other monetary instruments in a documentary form. The declaration shall be comprehensibly competed by hand. Electronic printers may be also used. Data shall be stated in the state language of a member state of the Customs Union, Russian or English. Some other language, hich an official has command of, may be used by authorization of a customs agency. Pending January 1, 2010, the declaration forms established by the legislation of a member state of the Customs Union before July 1, 2010 may be used. The decision shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 289 of June 18, 2010 on the Form of and Procedure for Completing the Transit Declaration

In pursuance of the Customs Code of the Customs Union, forms of the transit declaration and of its supplementary sheets are endorsed and a procedure for completing them is defined. Data on the commodities pertaining to a single shipment may be declared in a single transit declaration. A single shipment means the commodities carried from a single consignor to the address of a single consignee under a single carriage document. The transit declaration shall be completed using a printer on A4 format sheets. In so doing, amendments and/or addenda may be made by hand in block letters. Amendments and/or addenda shall be certified on each sheet of the transit declaration by the person making them. The customs official shall affixed thereto his/her signature and personal numbered stamp. It is allowed to cite denominations and addresses of foreign persons in Latin. Data defining commodities individual features, as well as numbers of transport vehicles, routes, documents etc. may be cited in the language of the original documents. When moving commodities across the territory of solely one member state of the Customs Union, the legislation thereof may establish the spepcifics of declaring data in the transit declaration, as well as of the procedure for applying it. The forms and procedure shall be used starting from January 1, 2011. Pending this date, the forms (blank forms) of customs declarations (documents) and the procedure for completing them established by laws of member states of the Customs Union shall be used.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 299 of May 28, 2010 on Exercising Sanitary Activities in the Customs Union

The Agreement of the Customs Union on Sanitary Activities was ratified in May, 2010. It extends to the persons, transport vehicles, as well as to the products in the Comprehensive List of Commodities Which Are Subject to Sanitary-and-Epidemiological Supervision (Control) at the Border and Territory of the Customs Union. The decision contains a list of such commodities and establishes sanitary-and-hygienic requirements for them. The list comprises three sections. One of them enumerates the products which are subject to the state registration accompanied by issuance of certificates. The manufacturers and suppliers shall obtain them on the basis of applications and required documents, the maximum time period for their issuance being 30 days. The decision defines a procedure for exercising the state sanitary-and-epidemiological supervision (control) over persons, transport vehicles and commodities crossing the border of the Customs Union. On some occasions, transport vehicles and persons shall be subject to sanitary-and-quarantine control upon their arrival to (departure from) the territory of the Customs Union. It shall be possible if there is a risk of an emergency situation in respect of sanitary-and-epidemiological safety of the population. The commodities included into the comprehensive list shall be only moved through special checkpoints opened for international carriage where sanitary and epidemiological control shall be exercised. The decision shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010, except for some provisions thereof.

The Budget Message of the President of the Russian Federation in Respect of Budget Policy in 2011-2013

The message defines the basic objectives and tasks of the budget policy for 2011-2013 and further on. Its main reference pints shall be the comprehensive modernization of the economy, enhancement of its effectiveness and competitive ability, improvement of the investment climate and attainment of concrete results. The problem of budget deficit is still urgent. The task is set to gradually reduce it. By 2013 the budget deficit shall be at least halved as compared to 2009. The use of oil and gas receipts must be restricted. Special attention shall be paid to rendering support to innovative technologies, first and foremost in such areas as energy efficiency, medical equipment and pharmaceutics, outer space and telecommunications, nuclear technologies, strategic computer technologies and software. One more important task lies in enhancing the effectiveness of the population|s social protection. The State must discharge all its obligations as to payment of social allowances and compensations. In so doing, it is necessary to increase support to families whose incomes are below the cost of living. As from April 1, 2011 it is planned to raise monetary allowance for military servicemen and for persons who are equated to them, as from June 1, 2011 - the salary funds of employees of federal state institutions (amounts of subsidies to budget-financed and autonomous institutions) and monetary allowances to judges and prosecutors and as from September 1, 2011 - to increase the scholarship fund. By the end of 2010 all the previous obligations as to providing permanent living quarters to military servicemen must be discharged and by 2012 this must be done in respect of service housing. It is worth supporting companies where intellectual labour is predominant. Their tax burden may be reduced. Besides, there is the intention to relieve before 2020 educational and public health care institutions of value-added tax ( as regards the activities which are socially important).

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 314 of June 18, 2010 on Correcting the Rates of Import Customs Fees of the Uniform Customs Tariff of the Customs Union in Respect of Components for Eye-Glass Frames

The rate of the import duty in respect of plastic parts of eye-glass frames and fittings for eye-glasses (in particular for sun glasses) and other similar optical instruments (CC FEA Code of the Customs Union 9003 90 000 1) shall be raised from 0 to 15% of the customs value thereof. Other parts shall be charged at the 0 rate (Code 9003 90 000 9). The decision shall enter into effect starting from the date when it is officially published by the Commission of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 311 of June 18, 2010 on the Instructions on the Procedure for Making Customs Operations in Respect Commodities Intended for Personal Use Which Are Moved by Natural Persons Across the Customs Border and for Showing the Fact That Such Commodities Are Not under Customs Control

As from July 1, 2010, the Customs Code of the Customs Union shall enter info force. Starting from the cited date the international agreement concerning movement of commodities for personal use by natural persons across the customs border of the Customs Union shall apply. In this connection, the instructions consolidating the way of making customs operations in respect of these commodities have been endorsed. They also establish the way of showing the fact of recognizing them as not being under customs control At the places where the appropriate operations are made shall be placed the information which is required for declaring commodities and presenting them for release. Some documents drawn up in a foreign language shall be accepted without having been translated. The passenger customs declaration shall be registered. In certain instances, such registration shall be denied. If a declarant follows the procedure and observes the terms provided for by the legislation of the Customs Union, the customs authority shall release commodities. The decision establishes the specifics of making customs operation in respect of motor vehicles. It shall enter into force as from the starting date of temporary application of the international agreement.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 310 of June 18, 2010 on Endorsing the Instructions on the Procedure for Using as the Customs Declaration the Documents Provided for by Acts of the Universal Postal Union

According to the Customs Code of the Customs Union, the documents provided for by acts of the Universal Postal Union may serve as the customs declaration in respect of the commodities contained in international postal sendings. The decision endorses the instructions on the procedure for such use thereof. The cited documents may be accepted by customs authorities as the transit declaration and the declaration in respect of commodities. The decision defines the data which must be contained in the cited documents for their use as the customs declaration (data on the sender and recipient, countries of dispatch and destination, commodities| gross weight etc.), as well as the requirements for completing them. Where it is established by acts of the Universal Postal Union, commodities that have been sent may be returned to the sender thereof. In such case, an application in writing of the postal communication operator shall be accepted as the declaration. The accompanying documents provided for by acts of the Universal Postal Union shall be attached to the application. The decision shall enter into effect as from the date when the Agreement on the Customs Code of the Customs Union enters into force.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 309 of June 18, 2010 on the Specifics of Commodities| Customs Declaring, Norms of Carrying Some Categories of Commodities Moved by Diplomatic Representative Offices, Consular Offices, Other Official Representative Offices of Foreign States, by International Organisations, the Personnel of These Representative Offices, Institutions and Organisations for Official Use Thereof

The decision defines the way of declaring commodities moved for official use by diplomatic and other representative offices of foreign states, consular offices, international organisations and by the personnel thereof. The customs transit is not meant here. Commodities shall be declared with a customs authority of the member state of the Customs Union where the cited person is to stay. The legislation of a member state of the Customs Union shall define the specifics of commodities| customs clearance and endorse the declaration|s form. The carriage rate may be also established. The decision shall enter into force as from July 1, 2010.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 229 of June 4, 2010 on the Requirements for Energy Efficiency of Commodities Used for Making Construction Units of Buildings, Structures, in Particular Engineering Resource-Supply Systems Affecting the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Constructions and Structures

Orders for meeting state and municipal needs shall be placed subject to the energy efficiency requirements. The order defines such requirements for commodities used in making construction units of buildings, constructions and structures (including engineering resource-supply systems affecting the energy efficiency of the cited immovable property items).
Heating radiators must have on the heat carrier supply pipes heat capacity control devices (thermostatic or manual regulating cocks). At public places combination faucets and cocks shall have the function of automatic blocking of water supply, Entrance doors shall be equipped with door closers, except when it is impossible to install them.
Metering devices for electric energy (power) registration shall have the accuracy class of 0.5 and more. The function of registration of electric energy consumed at various time periods of the day shall be likewise provided for.
When placing orders to supply double-glass panes with the total glass area over 200 square meters per year, the share of double-glass panes whose heat transmission resistance indices are lower than those of double-glass panes which have glass with low-emission solid covering shall not exceed 90 %. If an order to supply illumination devices for buildings, thoroughfares and major streets exceeds 500 units per year, the share of illumination devices, other than light-emitted diodes, shall not exceed 95%.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 24, 2010 under registration No. 17626.

Federal Law No. 131-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Connection with Adoption of the Federal Law on Microfinancial Activities and Microfinancial Organisations

The amendments made by the law are caused by adoption of the Law on Microfinancial Activities and Microfinancial Organisations. The operation of the Law on Opposition to Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Derived in a Criminal Way and to Financing of Terrorism shall extend to such organisations.
Besides, microfinancil organisations, regardless of their organisational and legal form, shall be included into infrastructure of support to small-scale and medium-scale businesses.
The law provides for administrative liability for a microfinancial organisation|s failure to satisfy the obligatory requirements established by the appropriate legislation. It shall be punished by a warning or imposition of an administrative fine on legal entities in the amount from 10 to 30 thousand roubles.
The federal law shall enter into force upon the expiry of 180 days as from the date of its official publication.

Federal Law No. 130-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Amending Article 7 of the Federal Law on Lotteries

The law expands a list of documents to be attached to a notice of holding a stimulant lottery.
An authorised body within 15 days as from the time of receiving such notice is entitled to ban holding a stimulant lottery, if the organizer thereof has tax debts.
In this connection, it is established that to the notice shall be additionally attached a reference note of a tax authority showing if there are tax debts (if there are not tax debts).
It enables to consider such notices in due time and to adopt unbiased decisions on their registration or on the refusal to allow holding a lottery.

Federal Law No. 129-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Establishing and Abolishing Some District (Town) Courts in the Primorye Territory

Some town courts, as well as district courts having the same names, have been abolished in the Primorye Territory and 4 district courts with the same names have been established instead of them.
The aim of these transformations is to bring the judicial system of the cited region into accord with the requirements of the federal legislation.
The federal law shall enter into force as from the date when it is officially published, except for some provisions thereof.

Federal Law No. 128-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Abolishing Some District Courts in the Kirov Region

Some district courts in the Kirov Region have been abolished. The matters concerning administration of justice under their jurisdiction have been transferred under jurisdiction of other district courts of the region.
Such transformations are necessary for the following reason.
Under the Criminal Procedural Code of the Russian Federation, criminal cases on some crimes shall be tried in the first instance by a court chamber consisting of 3 judges ( a terrorist act, high treason, espionage etc.)
The cited courts have a small number of judges and it does not enable to ensure the collective consideration of cases on a permanent basis.
The federal law shall enter into force as from the date when it is officially published, except for some provisions thereof.

Federal Law No. 127-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Establishing the Birobidzhan District Court in the Jewish Autonomous Region and on Abolishing Some Courts in the Jewish Autonomous Region

The Birobidzhan Town Court and the Birobidzhan District Court in the Jewish Autonomous Region have been abolished.
Instead, the new Birobidzhan District Court is being established. Its jurisdiction shall extend to the territory of Birobidzhan and the Birobidzhan district of the region. It shall deal with the matters which were under the jurisdiction of the abolished courts.
It is explained by the following. Under the Law on the Judiciary, town courts shall only operate in the cities of federal importance Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Besides, the abolition of the cited courts will enable to distribute evenly the workload on judges and to optimize outlays on the administration of justice.
The federal law shall enter info force as from the date when it is officially published, except for some provisions for which a different time of entry into force is provided for.

Federal Law No. 126-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Amending Article 11 of the Federal Law on the Procedure for Handling Applications of Citizens of the Russian Federation.

The law reduces the time periods for consideration of citizens| applications.
Applications containing complaints against judicial decisions and those which are not readable are meant here. The former shall be returned to the sender thereof. In respect of the latter the citizens who have filed them shall be notified that they cannot be answered and shall not be considered.
The total time period of applications| consideration shall be 30 days. However, the cited applications shall not be answered on their merits.
In this connection, it is stipulated that explanations and notices must be forwarded within 7 days.

Federal Law No. 125-FZ of June 29, 2010 on Amending Article 1 of the Federal Law on the Total Number of Justices of the Peace and on the Number of Judicial Districts in the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation

Under this law, the total number of justices of the peace in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area has been increased from 30 to 31. It has been done because starting from January 1, 2007 judicial districts are formed on the basis of the population size in a district being from 15 to 23 thousand inhabitants (earlier from 15 to 30 thousand inhabitants). In so doing, as before, solely one district shall be established in administrative territorial entities with the population size below 15 thousand inhabitants.
Besides, an increase in the number of justices of the peace in the region will enable to reduce the workload on them and will make justice more accessible.

Federal Law No. 124-FZ of June 229, 2010 on Amending Article 2 of the Federal Law on Communications

The amendments made by the law establish what communication structures are deemed especially hazardous and complicated from the technological point of view. They have the following parameters: their height is from 75 to 100 meters; the underground part thereof is (in full or in part) from 5 to 10 meters lower than the ground elevation. The amendments also specify what is meant by the notion ~communication structure~.

The Agreement Made by the Russian Federation and the Republic Kazakhstan on Applying International Treaties within the Framework of Forming the Customs Union (Saint-Petersburg, May 28, 2010).

The Russian Federation and Kazakhstan have defined a procedure for applying international treaties within the framework of forming the Customs Union.
The agreement establishes a list of international acts signed by the both states. They are Protocols on the Procedure and the Agreement on the Principles of Levying Indirect Taxes, agreements on the grounds, terms of and procedure for changing the time of paying customs duties, on mutual administrative assistance of customs authorities of member states of the Customs Union and other ones. These international acts shall apply on condition that the depository is notified of their ratification by Kazakhstan.
For the purposes of the cited acts, as from July 1, 2010 the authority and functions of the Commission of the Customs Union shall be exercised by Russian and Kazakhstan representatives therein on the bilateral basis.
The parties undertake to sign before July 15, 2010 an international treaty defining a procedure for adoption of decisions on taking within the uniform customs territory of the Customs Union special protection, antidumping and compensatory measures which are in effect in Russia and Kazakhstan as of July 1, 2010, as well as of decisions on taking the enumerated measures on the unified territory of the Customs Union.
The agreement shall enter into effect as from the date of the last notification in writing of the implementation by the parties of necessary intrastate procedures and shall temporary apply starting from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 138 of June 18, 2010 on Ensuring the Quarantine of Plants in the Customs Union

The decision regulates a procedure for the exercise of quarantine phytosanitary control (supervision) at the border and on the territory of the Customs Union. It establishes a list of commodities in respect of which it shall be exercised. The control (supervision) at the border shall be exercised when importing commodities to the Customs Union, as well as when exporting from it the commodities in respect of which member states of the Customs Union have assumed appropriate international commitments.
The control (supervision) on the territory of the Customs Union shall be exercised in respect of the products subject to quarantine which are moved across it when the points of shipment and destination of a parcel thereof are located on the territories of different member states of the Customs Union.
The purpose of control (supervision) lies in verification of products compliance with phytosanitary requirements. They are inserted in official Internet sites of authorised bodies of member state of the Customs Union.
The decision establishes a procedure for holding a documentary inspection, for inspection (searching) of transport vehicles and products proper, for testing samples.
If the products| owner refuses to disinfect or eliminate them, or if is is impossible to do it, an authorized body|s official shall issue an order to return such products.
The decision shall enter into force as from July 1, 2010.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community No. 317 of June 18, 2010 on Taking Veterinary-and-Sanitary Measures in the Customs Union

As from July 1, 2010, the Agreement of the Customs Union on Veterinary-and-Sanitary Measures shall enter into force.
In this connection , the decision specifies the commodities which are subject to veterinary control. It is consolidated that it shall be exercised both at the customs border and territory of the Customs Union.
The commodities which are subject to veterinary control must be accompanied by veterinary certificates. It is allowed to import, carry and use medicines and feed additives applied in veterinary, if they are registered by authorised bodies. It is allowed to import appropriate commodities if they are made by the enterprises included in a special register. A permit is to be obtained in such cases. It is required in the event of transit of animals and commodities of animal origin.
The way of holding inspections and taking samples of commodities (products) which are subject to such control is defined.
The Uniform Veterinary (Veterinary-and-Sanitary) Requirements for Commodities are established.
The decision shall enter into force starting from July 1, 2010.

Order of the Federal Service for Regulation of the Alcohol Market No. 9n of June 2, 2010 on Fixing and Introducing as from July 1, 2010 the Minimum Prices of Vodka (Except for the Minimum Prices of Vodka in Retail Trade)

As from July 1, 2010 the minimum prices of vodka for producers and suppliers thereof are fixed. The order does not concern retail trade in it. The cited prices shall be 70 roubles (for producers) and 77 roubles ( for suppliers) for 0.5 litre of finished products.
The minimum prices of vodka made in Russia or imported therein which is bottled in the consumer tare with different capacity shall be estimated in proportion to the abovementioned ones.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 29, 2010 under registration No. 17637.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation and the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation Nos. 302n/109p on Amending the Rules for Paying Pensions in Compliance with the Federal Laws on Labour Pensions in the Russian Federation and of the State Retirement Insurance in the Russian Federation Endorsed by Decision of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Russian Federation and the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation Nos.18/15p of February 16, 2004

The order makes corrections in the procedure for paying labour pensions (a part thereof) and pensions under the state retirement insurance (except for long-service pensions for civil servants). It is specified that the law shall extend to payment of both a part of the old-age labour pension and to a share of its insurance part.
It consolidates the additional power of a regional agency of the Pension Fund of Russia to correct errors, including those which are made with respect to data of the documents required for pension|s payment and delivery.
It is established that the pension shall be remitted to a pensioner|s account opened with a credit organisation without collecting a commission fee.
Pensions may be delivered by postal communication organizations, and not only by federal ones.
A part of the cited changes is caused by the fact that starting from January 1, 2010 monthly payments to disabled persons shall be made regardless off the degree of their labour capacity limitations.
It is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 28, 2010 under registration No. 17629.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation and the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation Nos. 303n/110p of April 28, 2010 on Amending the Rules for Applying for Pensions, Granting Pensions and Re-Calculation of Pension, Transfer from One Pension to Another One in Compliance with the Federal Laws on Labour Pensions in the Russian Federation and on the State Retirement Insurance in the Russian Federation Endorsed by Decision of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Russian Federation and the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation Nos.17/19 pb of February 16, 2004

The order corrects the Rules for Applying for Pensions, Granting Pensions and Re-Calculation of Pension, Transfer from One Pension to Another One in Compliance with the Federal Laws on Labour Pensions in the Russian Federation and on the State Retirement Insurance in the Russian Federation.
In particular, the provision under which a procedure for keeping pension documentation shall be endorsed by the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation by approbation of the federal executive power bodies concerned has been invalidated.
The order specifies the scope of the rules. Now they, in particular, shall extend to applications for a share of the insurance part and for a part of the old-age labour pension (earlier they concerned only a part of the labour pension). Besides, prior to making the amendments the rules did not concern long-service pensions for federal civil servants.
It is established that an application for establishing a share of the insurance part shall be filed at the place of location of a recipient|s case-file.
The order is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on June 28, 2010 under registration No. 17627.

Letter of the Federal Customs Service No. 01-11/31847 of June 29, 2010 to Heads of Regional Customs Departments and Customs Houses on Non-Application of Some Rules of the Customs Code of the Russian Federation No. 61-FZ of May 28, 2003

The Customs Code of the Customs Union enters into force starting from July 1, 2010. Its rules shall have direct operation. The Customs Code of the Russian Federation pending the reversal thereof shall be in effect insofar as it does not contravene the Customs Code of the Customs Union.
In connection with this, attention should be paid to the following.
The Customs Code of the Russian Federation shall apply subject to the modified terms. In particular, the new notion has appeared, that is, commodities for personal use delivered by the carrier. They are the commodities which are transferred to the latter under a contract of international carriage (on the basis of a bill of lading, letter of consignment and other documents) for their movement across the customs border to the address (from) a natural person who has not crossed it. Instead of the acceptance thereof, the registration of the customs declaration etc. shall be used.

Letter of the Federal Customs Service No. 01-11/31846 of June 29, 2010 to Heads of Regional Customs Departments and Customs Houses Which Are Directly Subordinate to the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation on the Order of Actions When Placing Commodities under a Customs Procedure and on the Customs Control over Commodities under the Conditions of the Customs Union|s Functioning

An instruction booklet has been prepared in respect of an order of actions under the conditions of the Customs Union|s functioning.
It describes in brief the algorithm of customs procedures and control.
It is stated that on the whole customs operations when importing commodities to the Customs Union and when exporting them therefrom shall be made in the procedure which in effect in Russia. However, there are some specific in respect of it. For example, foreign commodities (except for some of them) imported to any member state of the Customs Union and placed in it under the customs treatment of release for internal consumption which provides for their receiving the status of ~the Customs Union|s Commodities~ may freely circulate all over the territory of the Customs Union. As from July 1, 2010, it also concerns the commodities originating in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and also those of them which were recognized as domestic ones in member states of the Customs Union as of cited date. It is stressed that the country of a commodity|s origin shall be proved.
A procedure for declaring commodities is described in detail.
The matters concerning the estimation of the customs value of commodities, their classification, bans and restrictions, as well as making customs payments, are examined. The specifics of making customs operatiosn in respect of the commodities containing intellectual property items are described.

Federal Law No. 131-FZ of June 29, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 8 of the Federal Law on Transportation Safety

Delegates the powers of the Government of the Russian Federation to introduce requirements ensuring transportation safety.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2459-U of June 3, 2010 on the Particulars of Assessment of the Credit Risk for Individual Granted Loans, Debts in Loans and Similar Debts

Specifies the particulars of assessment of the quality of servicing of the debt in loans in the presence of a decision of its non-impairment in the framework of the Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2156-U.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ShS-37-3/5063@ of June 25, 2010 on the Procedure of Filling of the Tax Declaration for the Value Added Tax

Amendments were introduced to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 152-FZ of July 2, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Concession Agreements and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Refines the law on concession agreements.

Federal Law No. 151-FZ of July 2, 2010 on Microfinance Activities and Microfinance Organisations

Permits to develop microfinance activities in Russia.

Federal Law No. 150-FZ of July 2, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 10 of the Federal Law on the Particulars of Alienation of Immovable Property Available with the Subjects of the Russian Federation or Municipal Formations and Leased by Subjects of Small and Medium-Size Businesses and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Subjects of small and medium-size businesses may purchase on the priority basis immovable property they lease.

Federal Law No. 148-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to Articles 13.1 and 29 of the Federal Law on the Banks and Banking Activities

The amendments are expected to protect the interests of users of cash dispensers.

Federal Law No. 147-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and to Article 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedures of the Russian Federation

The goal of the amendments is combating corporate raid.

Federal Law No. 146-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 25 of the Federal Law on the Trade-Unions, Their Rights and Guaranties of Activities

The amendments pertain to employees included in the trade-union bodies.

Federal Law No. 144-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedures of the Russian Federation

Refines the procedure of reimbursement from the federal budget of the property damage to the rehabilitated.

Federal Law No. 142-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 1 of the Federal Law on the Military and Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation with Foreign States

Refines the definition of the products of military destination.

Federal Law No. 141-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 337 of the Seafaring Code of the Russian Federation

Refines the notion of the rescue operation.

Federal Law No. 140-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Australia on Cooperation in the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes

Ratifies the intergovernmental agreement signed on September 7, 2007.

Federal Law No. 139-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Ratification of the Holidays with Pay Convention (Revised), 1970 (No. 132)

Ratifies the above convention.

Federal Law No. 138-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Ratification of the Collective Bargaining Convention (No. 154)

Ratifies the above convention.

Federal Law No. 137-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Ratification of the Workers| Representatives Convention (No. 135)

Ratifies the above convention.

Federal Law No. 136-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Audit Activities

Refines the above law.

Federal Law No. 134-FZ of July 1, 2010 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Greek Republic on Seafaring

Ratifies the above intergovernmental agreement.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 780 of June 23, 2010 ~Issues of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement~

The Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement is handed over from the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia directly to the Government of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 16678/09 of May 25, 2010

The company was fined for the abuse of the dominating position at the commodity market.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/235@ of May 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Demand to Return to the Budget Amounts of the Value Added Tax Excessively Received by the Taxpayer (Offset) According to the Declarative Procedure

According to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, the taxpayer is entitled for an offsetting (return) of the tax declared for reimbursement in the tax declaration.

Order of the Ministry of Power Supplies of the Russian Federation No. 149 of April 7, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Conclusion and Significant Terms of the Contract Regulating the Terms of Installation, Replacement and/or Operation of Recorders of Used Energy Resources

From July 1, 2010, some organisations must install recorders of energy resources they supply or transfer.

Federal Law No. 153-FZ of July 5, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on Microfinance Activities and Microfinance Organisations

The amendments are stipulated by the adoption of the law on microfinance activities and microfinance organisations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 490 of June 30, 2010 on the Rates of Payment for the Unit of Area of Hunting Facilities When Hunting Agreements Are Concluded in the Cases of Auction for the Right of Conclusion of Hunting Agreements

The law on hunting is in effect from April 1, 2010.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 478 of June 30, 2010 on the Amendments to the Rules of State Cadastral Assessment of Land

Permits to reassess the land more often depending on the economic situation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 482 of June 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Sales of Arms and Main Parts of Firearms and the Regulation on the Licensing of Sales of Cartridges to Arms

Specifies the procedure of issuance of licenses to legal entities for the sale of arms, cartridges to them and main parts of firearms.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2467-U of June 15, 2010 on the Particulars of Cashless Payments through Divisions of the Payment Network of the Bank of Russia When Credit Organisations Make Electronic Payments for the Total Amount of Documents Accepted from Natural Persons to Transfer Monetary Resources without the Opening of the Bank Account to the Federal Treasury Bodies

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/250@ of May 26, 2010 on the Invalidation of the Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. SAE-3-05/173@ of December 27, 2004 on the Form of the Tax Notification to Transfer Advance Payments for the Uniform Social Tax

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

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 25n of March 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Organisations to Present Notifications Submitted in the Cases of Purchase of Ethyl Alcohol for Production of Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products and/or for Use for Own Needs, As Well As in the Cases of Supplies of Ethyl Alcohol, Unpacked Alcohol-Containing Products with the Content of Ethyl Alcohol Greater Than 60 Percent of the Volume of the Finished Product and the Forms of Notifications

From January 1, 2009, some authority of the Government of the Russian Federation is handed over to the federal bodies of executive power.

Decision of the EurAsEC Interstate Council No. 325 of July 5, 2010 on the Declaration of the Republic of Belarus on the Protocol on Individual Temporary Exemptions from the Joint Customs Territory Regime of the Customs Union

Export customs duties for oil and oil products supplied to Belarus will be removed after the ratification of the whole packet of documents by it.

Decision of the Commission of the EurAsEC Customs Union No. 323 of June 18, 2010 on the List of Goods Where Special Simplifications Granted to the Authorised Economic Operator Do Not Apply

According to the Customs Code of the Custom Union, a legal entity may get the status of the authorised economic operator permitting to enjoy special simplifications.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 504 of July 5, 2010 on the Cases Permitting Agreements between Insurers Working at the Same Commodity Market on the Joint Insurance and Reinsurance Activities

Agreements between economic subjects restricting competition are prohibited, however, with exceptions.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1141-r of July 6, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Medicines of Strategic Significance That Must Be Produced on the Territory of the Russian Federation for Treating Most Common Diseases

Specifies the above list.

Decision of the Pension Fund of Russia No. 152p of June 23, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Management Board of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation No. 192p of July 31, 2006

Adjusts the decision of the Management Board of the Pension Fund of Russia on the forms of documents of personal registration and their filling instructions.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 428n of June 8, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Explanations on the Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity for the Heads of Organisations Being Their Sole Founders (Participants), Members of Organisations and Owners of Their Property

One of the requirements is the presence of the labour contract between them and the organisation.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 46n of May 20, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Federal Standards of Audit Activities

The powers of the Government of the Russian Federation to endorse federal standards of audit activities are handed over to the Ministry of Finance of Russia.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-17/pz-n of March 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Keeping of the Register of Shared Investment Funds and Providing Excerpts from Them

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 59 of May 18, 2010 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2631-10

Endorses SanPiN 2.1.2.2631-10 ~Sanitary and Epidemiological Requirements to the Location, Outfit, Equipment, Maintenance and Working Regime of Organisations Rendering Hair Dressing and Cosmetic Services~.

Information Letter of the Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement No. S-5164/04-01 of June 30, 2010 on the Terms for Insurance Organisations to Submit Intermediate Accounting Reports and Reports Submitted As an Enforcement Procedure in the Form of the Set of Files over E-Mail, As Well As on the Control Correlation of the Reported Figures

Reports must be sent as XML files over e-mail.

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 38n of June 1, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Maximum Amount of the Single Bank Guarantee and All Simultaneously Available Bank Guarantees Granted by a Single Party

Producers of alcoholic products may present a bank guarantee to the territorial bodies of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market when they purchase special federal stamps.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 982 of May 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Carrying out of Individual Customs Operations in the Cases of Use of the Special Customs Regime of Transfer of Goods between Military Units of the Russian Federation Deployed on the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation and Outside It

Endorses the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Service of Labour and Employment No. 140 of May 24, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Service of Labour and Employment No. 211 of September 11, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Federal Service of Labour and Employment

The regulation is extended to include new chapters to regulate the procedure of placing information on its activities in the Internet.

Letter of the Federal Notary Chamber No. 1448/07-17 of July 9, 2010 on the Use of the Integrated Form to Commit Notary Actions

Provides explanations on the use of the integrated form to commit certain notary actions.

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 40n of June 17, 2010 on the Fixing and Introduction from August 1, 2010 of the Minimum Price for Ethyl Alcohol of Edible Raw Materials Produced on the Territory of the Russian Federation

The minimum price makes Rbl 59 per litre of anhydrous alcohol.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 119-e/1 of June 8, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Methodology Directions on the Particulars of Exclusion of Price Requests of Individual Categories of Suppliers in the Estimation of the Equilibrium Price for Electric Energy for Each Hour of the Planned Day in the Cases of Introduction of the State Regulation in the Electric Power Supply Industry

The equilibrium price is calculated in the cases of temporary introduction of the state regulation of prices (tariff rates) in the pricing zone of the wholesale market of electric energy (power).

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/268@ of June 7, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Demand to Pay the Monetary Amount under Bank Guarantee

Some payers may apply the declarative procedure of VAT reimbursement.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 521 of July 15, 2010 on the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation for Departure of Individual Types of Goods from the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the points of transfer to export from Russia the goods of groups 4401, 4403, 4404, 4406 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union carried by the highway, water and railway transport.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 523 of July 15, 2010 on the Amendments to the List of Technological Equipment (Including the Component and Spare Parts for It) That Is Not Produced in the Russian Federation and Exempted from VAT When Imported to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation

Refines the above list.

Order of the Federal Service of Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement No. 411 of May 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Certificate Permitting Access to a Certain Type or Certain Types of Works Affecting the Safety of Objects of Capital Construction

The person wishing to engage in such works must obtain a special permit.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 64 of June 10, 2010 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.1.2.2645-10

Introduces sanitary and epidemiological requirements to dwelling homes and space.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 49n of May 24, 2010 on the Experiment of the Federal Treasury to Provide Recipients of Resources of the Federal Budget with Cash Using Bank Pay (Debit) Cards

Arranges an additional experiment in the Krasnodar Territory.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 327 of May 20, 2010 on the Adjustment of the Rate of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Waste and Scrap of Tungsten and Waste and Scrap of Cermets

Adjusts the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 328 of July 16, 2010 on the Tariff Benefits, Full Exemption from Customs Duties, Taxes, As Well As the Prolongation of the Deadline of Temporary Import and Application of Individual Customs Procedures in the Cases of Import of Civil Passenger Airplanes

Exempts from the import customs duty a number of goods.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 329 of May 20, 2010 on the List of the Categories of Goods Permitting Introduction of the Special Customs Procedure and the Terms of Placing of Goods under Such Customs Procedure

Six categories of goods may be placed under the special customs procedure.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 15-P of July 13, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Part 1 of Article 188 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Part 4 of Article 4.5, Part 1 of Article 16.2 and Part 2 of Article 27.11 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeals of Citizens V.V.Batalov, L.N.Valuyeva, Z.Y.Ganiyeva, O.A.Krasnaya and I.V.Epov

Examines some cases of failure to declare the goods.

Information Letter of the Federal Tax Service of July 21, 2010 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for June 2010

Provides the above information.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 313 of June 30, 2010 on the Normative of the Cost of 1 Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space for the Second Halfyear of 2010 and the Average Market Cost of 1 Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space for the Subjects of the Russian Federation for the III Quarter of 2010

Provides the above information.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 16-P of July 13, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Articles 6 and 7 of the Law of the Krasnodar Territory on the Organisation of Transportation Services for the Population by Private Taxi Cars in the Krasnodar Territory Pursuant to the Appeals of Citizens V.A.Beresnev, V.A.Dudko and Other

Provisions of the law of the Krasnodar Territory requiring taxi drivers to have certificates of compliance are recognised as restricting the right for entrepreneurial activities.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 925 of July 21, 2010 on the Measures to Implement Individual Provisions of the Federal Law on the Combating of Corruption

Refines the above law.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2446-U of May 18, 2010 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 311-P of September 7, 2007 on the Procedure for the Bank to Report to the Tax Body in the Electronic Form the Opening or Closing of the Account, the Change of the Account Details

Refines the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 8046/54n of June 1, 2010 on the Amendments to the List of International Organisations and Their Representations Engaged in Activities on the Territory of the Russian Federation Enjoying the Zero Percent VAT Rate in the Cases of Sale of Goods (Works, Services ) for Official Use Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 4938/33n of April 9, 2007

Adjusts the above list.

Letter of the Federal Customs Service No. 04-45/35094 of July 16, 2010 on the Confirmation of the Actual Export of Goods

Explains the procedure of confirmation of the actual export of goods for the purposes of application of the zero VAT rate.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 530 of July 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Fixing of Limiting Retail Prices for Individual Types of Socially Significant Foodstuffs of First Necessity, the List of Individual Types of Socially Significant Foodstuffs of First Necessity Permitting to Fix the Limiting Retail Prices and the List of Individual Types of Socially Significant Foodstuffs the Purchase of Which in Certain Amounts Does Not Permit to Pay out a Reward to the Economic Subject Engaged in Trade Activities

The growth of prices for at least 30% within 30 calendar days is found in one or several regions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 525 of July 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulation on the Safety of the Infrastructure of the Railway Transport

Specifies the minimum requirements to the safety of the infrastructure of the railway transport.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 515 of July 14, 2010 on the Procedure to Obtain an Agreement of the State Ordering Party or the Administrator of the Budget Resources for the Transfer of the Rights for a Joint Technology of Civil Destination Created at the Expense of the Budget Resources or While Attracting Them for the Use on the Territories of Foreign States

If a technology cannot be implemented in Russia, it may be handed over for implementation abroad.

Federal Law No. 163-FZ of July 22, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law "Technical Regulation for Milk and Dairy Products"

Adjusts the list of products covered by the technical regulation.

Federal Law No. 165-FZ of July 22, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction

Refines the powers of the Fund of Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction and its bodies.

Federal Law No. 166-FZ of July 22, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Assistance of Development of the Housing Construction

Land plots and other objects of immovable property may be handed over not only for housing construction but also for creation of technoparks, objects of infrastructure etc.

Federal Law No. 167-FZ of July 22, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Assessment Activities in the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Specifies the procedure of cadastral assessment.

Federal Law No. 168-FZ of July 22, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Company Russian Highways and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and to Article 3.1 of the Federal Law on the Entry into Force of the Land Code of the Russian Federation

Extends the powers of the state company Avtodor (Russian Highways).

Federal Law No. 176-FZ of July 23, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Combating of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism and the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Brings the national legislation in compliance with FATF recommendations.

Federal Law No. 181-FZ of July 23, 2010 on the Amendments to Article 11.1 of the Federal Law on the Banks and Banking Activities

The head of one credit organisation (its branch) may not occupy positions in another one, however, with exceptions.

Federal Law No. 184-FZ of July 23, 2010 on the Amendment to Article 11 of the Federal Law on Investment Activities in the Russian Federation in the Form of Capital Investments

Refines some provisions of the law on investment activities in the form of capital investments.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 38 of July 1, 2010 on Some Issues of Participation of Arbitration Court Assessors in the Process

The side in the case may choose a candidate only at the preparatory stage.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-07-15/101 of July 22, 2010

Beginning with the declaration for July 2010 until the appropriate form is endorsed, one has to use the declaration applied for the import of goods to Russia from Belarus.

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