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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 8.07.2011

Federal Law No. 442-FZ of December 29, 2010 on the Amendments to the Forestry Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Improves the legal regulation of forestry relations.

Federal Law No. 441-FZ of December 29, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector and Invalidation of Individual Legislative Acts (Provisions of Legislative Acts) of the Russian Federation

The work of the Fund of Assistance of Reformation of the Housing and Communal Sector is prolonged until 2013.

Federal Law No. 438-FZ of December 29, 2010 on the Invalidation of Individual Provisions of Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Abandons the norms requiring reservation of resources to guarantee the back travel of foreigners employed in Russia.

Federal Law No. 437-FZ of December 29, 2010 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Non-Commercial Organisations and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments are expected to improve transparency and efficiency of work of state corporations (companies).

Federal Law No. 435-FZ of December 29, 2010 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving Circulation of Lands of Agricultural Destination

Regulates the procedure of forced withdrawal of land plots of agricultural destination.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 510 of December 8, 2010 on the Amendments to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union Pertaining to Raw Oil and Produced at the Deposits of the Republic of Belarus

Introduces new subheadings in the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2546-U of December 24, 2010 on the Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

From December 27, 2010, increases the fixed interest rates for the deposit operations of the Bank of Russia by 0.25 percentage points.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1149 of December 27, 2010 on the Measures of Implementation of the Federal Law on Microfinancial Activities and Microfinancial Organisations

The Ministry of Finance of Russia is empowered with control and enforcement in the area of microfinancial activities.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 183n of December 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Chart of Accounts of Autonomous Institutions and Its Application Instructions

Endorses a separate chart of accounts of autonomous institutions and its application instructions.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 174n of December 16, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Chart of Accounts of Budget-Supported Institutions and Its Application Instructions

Endorses the chart of accounts of budget-supported institutions and its application instructions.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 26 of January 9, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of Frontier Territories Where Foreign Citizens, Stateless Persons and Foreign Legal Entities Cannot Own Land Plots As Property

Specifies the list of such territories.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1231 of December 31, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation Improving Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases

The amendments are stipulated by the changes in the legislation on the obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1227 of December 31, 2010 on the Particulars of Licensing of Activities of Insurance Medical Organisations in the Area of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Invalidation of Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

Activities of insurance medical organisations in the area of obligatory medical insurance are licensed by the Federal Service of Russia for Enforcement of Insurance Activities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1226 of December 31, 2010 on the Publication of Explanations on the Uniform Application of the Federal Law on Obligatory Medical Insurance in the Russian Federation

The new law on obligatory medical insurance is entered into force from January 1, 2011. Some of its provision are applied from 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1211 of December 31, 2010 on the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation to Export from the Russian Federation outside the Joint Customs Territory of the Customs Union Individual Categories of Goods by the Highway Transport

Specifies the points of transfer to export oil and some of its products by the highway transport.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 22-P of December 20, 2010 on the Case of Constitutionality of Part 8 of Article 4 and Parts 2, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of the Federal Law on the Particulars of Alienation of Immovable Property Owned by Subjects of the Russian Federation or Municipal Formations and Rented by Small and Medium-Size Businesses and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of the Administration of the City of Blagoveshchensk

The appeal challenged individual norms of the law on the concessionary privatisation of the regional and municipal immovable property rented by small and medium-size businesses.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1169n of December 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of Estimate for Accrued and Transferred Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Medical Insurance of Non-Working Population

Endorses the above form.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2385 of December 13, 2010 on the Fixed Amounts of Security of Payment of Customs Duties, Taxes for Excisable Goods

Introduces new fixed amounts of security of payment of customs duties, taxes for excisable goods imported to Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 601 of December 1, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Nomenclature of Goods, Works, Services for the Needs of Ordering Parties

Specifies the nomenclature of goods, works and services for the needs of state and municipal ordering parties.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/632@ of November 22, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-3-09/536@ of September 17, 2007

Adjusts the forms used to report to tax bodies information pertaining to registration of organisations and citizens.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 461 of October 25, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation on the Execution of the State Function of Control and Enforcement of Completeness and Quality of Implementation by the Bodies of State Power of Subjects of the Russian Federation of the Powers in the Area of State Expert Evaluation of Draft Documents of Territorial Planning, Design Documentation and Results of Engineering Surveys Handed over to Them in Compliance with the City Planning Code of the Russian Federation, as well as Enforcement of Execution of Normative Legal Acts Adopted by the Bodies of State Power of Subjects of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Powers in the Area of State Expert Evaluation of Draft Documents of Territorial Planning, Design Documentation and Results of Engineering Surveys Handed over to Them in Compliance with the City Planning Code of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 192 of September 6, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Criteria of Technical and Technological Features of the Transportation Operation the Missing of Which Serves As Grounds for the Carrier and Owner of the Infrastructure to Refuse Coordination of Application for Transportation of Cargo

Preliminary coordination is necessary in the cases of transportation of goods by the railway transport.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 511 of November 18, 2010 on the Instruction on the Procedure of Carrying out of Individual Customs Operations for Temporarily Imported and Temporarily Exported Vehicles of International Transportation

A new instruction specifying the above procedure is entered into force from January 1, 2011.

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. 30/64 of December 23, 2010 on Some Issues Arising When Processing the Cases of Compensation Granted for the Violation of the Right for the Court Hearing in Reasonable Time or the Right for the Execution of the Court Ruling in Reasonable Time

Prepares joint explanations for the above cases.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1043 of December 17, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 908 of December 31, 2004

Refines the list of foodstuffs subject to 10% VAT in the cases of sale and import.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1191 of December 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Register of State and Municipal Contracts, As Well As the Civil Contracts of Budget-Supported Institutions for Supplies of Goods, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services and on the Requirements to the Technological, Software, Linguistic, Legal and Organisational Means of Support of the Official Internet Site Used to Place the Mentioned Register

Specifies a new procedure of keeping of the Register of State and Municipal Contracts for Supplies of Goods, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1107 of December 24, 2010 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 643 of October 24, 2003

Adjusts the rules of the wholesale market of electric energy (power) in the transient period.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1168N of December 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Registration and Removal from Records of Insurants for Non-Working Citizens by Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance

Endorses the above procedure.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 513 of November 18, 2010 on the Amendment to the Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 329 of May 20, 2010 on the List of the Categories of Goods That May Be Covered by the Special Customs Procedure and the Terms of Placing of Goods under Such Customs Procedure

The goods intended for doping control are placed under the special customs procedure without duties and taxes. Prohibitions and restriction do not apply either.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 512 of November 18, 2010 on the Regulation on the Particulars of Determination of the Customs Cost of Waste Generated As a Result of Processing of Foreign Goods

The waste is regarded as goods imported to the territory of the Customs Union in this condition.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Federal Treasury No. 646/21 of December 14, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Use of the Official Internet Site to Place Information on the Placing of Orders for Supplies of Goods, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services and on the Requirements to the Technological, Software, Linguistic, Legal and Organisational Means of Support of the Mentioned Site

Specifies the procedure of work with the official Internet site to publish information on the placing of state orders.

Letter of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 02-03-10/05-14557 of December 24, 2010 on the Drawing up of the Reverse Side of the Disability Sheet from January 1, 2011

A new procedure of calculation of temporary disability and maternity allowances is in effect from January 1, 2011.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2446-r of December 27, 2010

Endorses the state program "Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency for the Period Until 2020".

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1147n of December 21, 2010 on the Amendments to the Form of the Estimate for Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Social Insurance for 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

Adjusts Form-4 of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1135n of December 20, 2010 on the Amendments to the Form of the Estimate for Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Pension Insurance to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Medical Insurance to the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance by the Payers of Insurance Contributions Making Payments and Paying out Other Rewards to Natural Persons

Adjusts Form RSV-1 of the Pension Fund of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 157n of December 1, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Uniform Chart of Accounts for the Bodies of State Power (State Bodies), Bodies of Local Government, Bodies of Management of State Extra-Budgetary Funds, State Academies of Sciences, State (Municipal) Institutions and Its Application Instruction

Replaces the Chart of Budget Accounts.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 234 of November 1, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Outfit of Bus Terminals

Specifies the above requirements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1092 of December 22, 2010 on the Federal Targeted Program "Clean Water" for the Years 2011-2017

Endorses the above federal program. The goal is providing safe potable water to the population.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/638@ of January 21, 2011 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for December 2010

Provides the above information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 15 of January 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Goods of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

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

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 11 of January 20, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Frozen Deep-Sea Shrimps Exported Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Introduces the zero rate of the duty for the export from Russia outside the Customs Union of frozen shrimps (code of the Customs Union Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities 0306 13 100 0).

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 86 of January 24, 2011 on the Uniform National System of Accreditation

Forms the Federal Service of Accreditation handed over to the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 176n of December 17, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 6n of January 23, 2009

Adjusts accounting procedures for insurers for operations of direct reimbursement of losses under obligatory insurance of civil liabilities of owners of transport vehicles.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 175n of December 16, 2010 on the Amendments to the Additions and Particulars of Application by Insurance Organisations of the Chart of Accounts of Financial and Economic Activities of Organisations and Its Application Procedure Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 69n of September 4, 2001

Adjusts the particulars of use by insurers of the chart of accounts of financial and economic activities of organisations and its application instruction.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1050 of December 17, 2010 on the Targeted Federal Program "Housing" for the Years 2011-2015

Endorses the above program.

Review of the Legislation and Judicial Practices of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for the III Quarter of 2010 (Endorsed by the Decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of December 8, 2010)

Summarises the results of work of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for the III quarter of 2010.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-5 of January 14, 2011 on the Respite Granted for the Payment of Taxes for Three Years

The respite (extension schedule) for the payment of federal taxes for more than one year, however, not more than 3 years, is granted at the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Letter of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 02-03-10/05-14665 of December 29, 2010 on the Amount of Temporary Disability Allowance Recorded on the Reverse Side of the Disability Sheet

The handed out amount shows allowance reduced by the income tax from natural persons. Other lines indicate it in full amount.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 25 of January 26, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 785 of December 21, 2005

Adjusts the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation on the labelling of alcoholic products with special federal stamps.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 19 of January 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Requirements to the Collection, Processing, Systematisation, Analysis and Use of Information of Energy Certificates Drawn up As a Result of Obligatory and Voluntary Energy Surveys

Energy surveys may be carried out for a product, technological process, as well as organisation or individual entrepreneur.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 18 of January 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Introduction of Energy Efficiency Requirements for Buildings and Structures and Requirements to the Rules of Determination of the Energy Efficiency Class of Apartment Houses

The requirements are applied in the cases of design works, expert evaluation, construction, putting in operation of heat consuming objects.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2570-U of January 24, 2011 on the Use of the Book of Uniform Formats of Bank Electronic Messages for the Cases of Exchange between the Bank of Russia and Credit Organisations (Branches) and Other Clients of the Bank of Russia

The Book is uniform for the whole territory of Russia.

Interim Procedure of Submission of Documents in the Electronic Form to Arbitration Courts of the Russian Federation (Endorsed by the Order of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 1 of January 12, 2011)

The amendments introduced to the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation permit submission of documents in the electronic form.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 655-e of December 31, 2010 on the Categories of Consumers Enjoying the Status of Population and Getting Electric Energy (Power) at Regulated Prices (Tariff Rates)

Specifies the above categories of consumers.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 161n of December 6, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Issuance of the Qualification Certificate of Auditor and the Form of the Qualification Certificate of Auditor

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 116n of September 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Keeping of the Joint State Register of Taxpayers

Introduces a new such procedure pursuant to the handing over of the powers to endorse it to the Ministry of Finance of Russia.

Federal Law No. 1-FZ of January 28, 2011 on the Ratification of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms

The treaty was signed in Prague on April 8, 2010.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of January 31, 2011

The session of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia left unchanged the rate of refinancing and the interest rates for operations of the Central Bank of Russia. However, the normatives of obligatory reserves are increased from February 1, 2011.

Amendment 1 to the Set of Rules SP 1.13130.2009 "Fire Protection Systems. Evacuation Routes and Exits" (Endorsed and Put into Effect by Order of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation No. 639 of December 9, 2010)

Adjusts the above rules.

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 14, 2011 on the Payment of State Duty in Cash

The fact of payment of state duty in cash may be confirmed with the bank slip.

Order of the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation No. 1351 of December 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Accreditation of Organisations Providing Classification of Objects of Tourist Industry, Including Hotels and Other Means of Accommodation, Pistes, Beaches

Hotels, other means of accommodation, pistes and beaches get their assigned categories, which is provided by organisations having undergone accreditation.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 10-75/pz-n of December 9, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Processing of Applications of Issuers out of Joint-Stock Companies to Exempt Them from the Duty to Disclose or Provide Information in Compliance with Article 30 of the Federal Law on the Securities Market

The amendments to the law on the securities market permit to exempt joint-stock companies from the duty to disclose or provide information on securities.

Letter of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 14-03-11/07-539 of January 25, 2011

The amendments to the law on the obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases make uniform the base and object of taxation for insurance contributions.

Federal Law No. 2-FZ of February 2, 2011 on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on the Education and Articles 11 and 24 of the Federal Law on the Higher and Post-Graduate Professional Education Improving the Unified State Examination

The goal of the amendments is improvement of the unified state examination.

Order of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Education and Science No. 2965 of December 16, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Deadlines and Uniform Schedule of the Unified State Examination, Its Duration for Each Educational Subject and the List of Additional Devices and Materials Permitted at the Unified State Examination in Individual Subjects of General Education in 2011

Endorses the schedule of the unified state examination in 2011.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 1-p of January 31, 2011 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Parts 1, 3 and 9 of Article 115, Item 2 of Part 1 of Article 208 of the Code of Criminal Procedures of the Russian Federation and Paragraph 9 of Item 1 of Article 126 of the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Pursuant to Appeals of the Closed-Type Joint-Stock Company Nedvizhimost-M, Limited-Liability Company Solomatino Grain Acceptance Enterprise and Citizen L.I.Kostareva

Restricts opportunities of arrest of property.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 678/1289/184 of December 24, 2010 on the Amendments to the Procedure Defining the Notion of "Industrial Assembly" of Motor Vehicles and Specifying Application of the Given Notion in the Cases of Import to the Territory of the Russian Federation of Components for Production of Motor Vehicles of Commodity Headings 8701-8705 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities, Their Units and Plants

Introduces new terms of industrial assembly to promote development in the country of up-to-date production of large units and plants.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia No. 560 of December 24, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Types and Composition of Biotechnical Measures, As Well As the Procedure of Their Carrying out to Preserve Hunting Resources

Specifies the types of biotechnical measures to maintain and increase the hunting resources.

Order of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement No. 1101 of December 8, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement No. 588 of June 30, 2009

Refines the list of articles of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation permitting officials of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Enforcement to draw up the protocols of administrative violations.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 162n of December 6, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Chart of Budget Accounts and Its Application Instruction

Endorses the Chart of Accounts and its application instruction introducing a uniform accounting procedure for recipients of budget resources.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 153n of November 17, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Carrying out of the Qualification Examination for the Qualification Certificate of Auditor

The law on audit activities is amended from 2011.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 02-04-09/402 of February 2, 2011

Provides budget classification codes to be indicated in the payment document to transfer taxes paid in the framework of special regimes (simplified system of taxation, uniform agricultural tax and the uniform imputed income tax).

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/1420@ of February 1, 2011 on the VAT Rate Applied in the Cases of Sale of Foodstuffs on the Territory of the Russian Federation

The sale of foodstuffs is subject to 10% VAT.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 534 of January 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Motor and Non-Self-Propelled Railroad Cars

Introduces the zero rates of import customs duties for motor and non-self-propelled railroad cars.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 526 of January 28, 2011 on the Joint List of Products Subject to Obligatory Requirements in the Framework of the Customs Union

The list is generated to form the normative legal base of the Customs Union in the area of technical regulation.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 525 of January 28, 2011 on the Uniform Method of Keeping of Customs Foreign Trade Statistics and Mutual Trade Statistics of the Member-States of the Customs Union

Endorses the uniform method of keeping of customs foreign trade statistics and mutual trade statistics of the member-states of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 522 of January 28, 2011 on the Regulation on the Procedure of Application of the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union for Classification of Goods

Endorses the above Regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 59 of February 7, 2011 on the Information on the Import of Medicines to the Territory of the Russian Federation and Export of Medicines from the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the procedure of exchange of information between the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia and the Federal Tax Service of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 190n of December 28, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Directions on the Procedure of Application of the Budget Classification of the Russian Federation

Endorses new directions on the procedure of application of the budget classification.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/730@ of December 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format of the Tax Declaration for the Profit Tax from Organisations, Its Filling Procedure

Endorses the new form and format of the declaration for the profit tax from organisations.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 172n of December 15, 2010 on the Invalidation Orders of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 54n of May 5, 2008 and No. 135n of December 16, 2009

Invalidates the previous form and procedure of filling of the tax declaration for the profit tax.

Federal Law No. 15-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Particulars of Customs Operations for the Goods Sent in International Postal Dispatches

The goal of the agreement is to simplify customs operations for international postal dispatches in the framework of the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 14-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the Mutual Supplies of Products of Military, Dual-Purpose and Civil Use in the Cases of Aggravation of the Threat of Aggression and in Wartime

The sides work out plans of supplies in the peace time.

Federal Law No. 13-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Legal Aid and Interaction of Customs Bodies of the Member-States of the Customs Union in Criminal Cases and Cases of Administrative Violations

The goal of the agreement is calling to account the culprits.

Federal Law No. 12-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the Air Transportation

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 11-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt on the Simplification of the Procedure of Issuance of Visas to Citizens of the Russian Federation and Citizens of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 10-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Amendments to Articles 34 and 46 of the Federal Law on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)

Permits the Bank of Russia to hand over to certain subjects souvenir banknotes and coins at prices different from the nominal one.

Federal Law No. 8-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Clearing and Clearing Activities

The amendments are stipulated by the adoption of the law on the clearing and clearing activities.

Federal Law No. 7-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the Clearing and Clearing Activities

The law shall regulate the clearing activities of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia.

Federal Law No. 6-FZ of February 7, 2011 on the General Principles of Organisation and Activities of Control and Audit Bodies of Subjects of the Russian Federation and Municipal Formations

The regional and municipal control and audit bodies enjoy organisational and functional independence.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 166n of December 13, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 118n of September 30, 2010

Adjusts the regulation on the simplified procedure of passing of the qualification examination for the auditor certificate.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 148n of November 12, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 100n of November 8, 2007

Adjusts the instruction on the procedure of checking by the Federal Tax Service of Russia of the technical condition of gaming equipment and observance by organisers of games of chance of the appropriate requirements.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 167n of February 13, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Accounting Regulation "Estimated Liabilities, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets" (PBU 8/2010)

Endorses the above regulation.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1222n of December 28, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Wholesale Trade of Medicines for Medical Application

Specifies the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1221n of December 28, 2010 on the Amendments to the Rules of Storage of Medicines Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 706n of August 23, 2010

Adjusts the rules of storage of medicines.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/1875@ of February 8, 2011 on the Codes of the Types of Excisable Goods for Cognac Alcohol and Drinks Made of Beer When Filling the Tax Declaration for Excise Duty Taxes for Excisable Goods, Except for Tobacco Items, Submitted for Operations Carried out Before January 1, 2011

From January 1, 2011, the list of excisable goods includes cognac alcohol.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/1761@ of February 4, 2011 on the Codes of the Types of Excisable Goods for Automobile Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, Cognac Alcohol and Drinks Made of Beer When Filling the Tax Declaration for Indirect Taxes (VAT and Excise Duty Taxes) in the Cases of Import of Goods to the Territory of the Russian Federation from the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union Submitted for Operations, for the Import of Excisable Goods Carried out from January 1, 2011

From January 1, 2011, the rates of excise duty tax for automobile gasoline and diesel fuel are differentiated by classes of ecological safety.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 29n of January 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Keeping of Personal Records in the Area of Obligatory Medical Insurance

Introduces personal records for each insured person in the system of obligatory medical insurance from January 1, 2011.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 2075 of December 24, 2010 on the Length of Working Time (Norm of Hours of Pedagogical Work for the Rate of Earnings) of Pedagogical Workers

Introduces a new length of working time for the teaching staff.

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia No. 512 of November 16, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Hunting

Endorses the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 986 of October 4, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Federal Requirements for Educational Institutions Pertaining to the Minimum Outfit of the Educational Process and Study Rooms

Endorses the above federal requirements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 63 of February 10, 2011 on the Exemption from Customs Fees for the Actions Pertaining to Release of Goods in the Cases of Import to the Territory of the Russian Federation of the Catch of Aquatic Biological Resources and Fish and Other Products Made of It

Customs fees are not collected for the actions pertaining to the catch of domestic ships made in the exclusive economic zone of this country and on the continental shelf.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 47 of February 4, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 447 of July 16, 2007

Federal bodies, organisations and their subordinate legal entities must present information on the mentioned property and themselves to the Federal Agency for the Management of Federal Property.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 542 of January 28, 2011 on the Prolongation of the Rate of Import Customs Duty of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Paper and Paperboard

Prolongs the rates of import duties making 5% of the customs cost.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 54n of January 31, 2011 on the Amendments to the Form of the Estimate for the Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Pension Insurance to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Medical Insurance to the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance and Territorial Funds of Obligatory Medical Insurance by the Payers of Insurance Contributions Making Payments and Other Rewards to Natural Persons Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 894n of November 12, 2009

The amendments to the law on insurance contributions to the extra-budgetary funds and on the obligatory pension insurance introduced reduced tariff rates for some organisations.

Ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 8-O-P of January 18, 2011 on the Appeal of the Open-Type Joint-Stock Company Oil Company Rosneft against Violation of the Constitutional Rights and Freedoms by the Provision of Paragraph 1 of Item 1 of Article 91 of the Federal Law on Joint-Stock Companies

The right of the stock-holder to have access to documents of the joint-stock company must be implemented while preserving the right of the company to preserve the confidentiality of the commercially significant information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 68 of February 12, 2011 on the Special Protective Measure for Fixing Arrangements

Introduces for 3 years special protective duties for imported fixing arrangements.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 22n of January 24, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of Professions (Specialities, Positions) of Skilled Foreign Specialists Employed in Their Professions (Specialities) Exempted from Quotas for 2011

Endorses the above list.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2711 of December 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Demand to Transfer Customs Payments

Endorses a new such form.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 628 of December 13, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Declaration for the Object of Immovable Property and Its Preparation Requirements

The declaration is drawn up by the rights holder if the design documents or technical certificate are not available.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/2420@ of February 15, 2011 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for January 2011

Provides the above information.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of February 9, 2011

The Central Bank of Russia suspends from February 10, 2011 granting credits secured with assets or guarantees.

Report of the Federal Tax Service of February 9, 2011 on the Essence of the Appeal Submitted to the Tax Body

Decision calling to account for a tax violation may be appealed against in the higher tax body, which is also necessary for subsequent appealing in court.

Report of the Federal Tax Service of February 15, 2011 on the Documents Attached to the Appeal Submitted to the Tax Body

The appeal is submitted in writing.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 65 of February 10, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation for the Commodity Exchange on the Registration of Ex-Pit Transactions with Exchange Commodities, Including the Long-Term Supply Contracts, As Well As the Keeping of the Register of the Mentioned Transactions and Infromation Provided from the Register

The Government of the Russian Federation endorsed the list of exchange goods requiring obligatory registration of their supply contracts.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 90 of February 17, 2011 on the Procedure of Connection of Oil Extraction Objects to Oil Mainlines in the Russian Federation and Registration of Subjects of Entrepreneurial Activities Extracting Oil

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 85 of February 15, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Financial Support in 2011-2012 of the Regional Programs of Modernisation of Public Health Services of the Subjects of the Russian Federation at the Expense of Resources Provided from the Budget of the Federal Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 71 of February 12, 2011 on the Amendments to and Invalidation of Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Privatisation of State and Municipal Property

Refines the acts of the Government of the Russian Federation pursuant to the adoption of the amendments to the law on privatisation of the state and municipal property.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1205 of December 31, 2010 on the Improvement of the State Regulation of Prices for Gas

Introduces a special procedure of regulation of wholesale prices for gas in 2011-2014.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-16558/10 of January 31, 2011

Qualifies as illegal the norm permitting not to disclose the act of the on-site tax check and its materials to the taxpayer.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/781@ of December 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Handing over of the Act of Joint Verification of Estimates for Taxes, Fees, Penalties and Fines in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 183n of December 23, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Chart of Accounts for Autonomous Institutions and Its Application Instruction

Endorses a separate chart of accounts for autonomous institutions.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 177n of December 22, 2010 on the Invalidation of the Orders of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

Invalidates some orders of the Ministry of Finance of Russia in the audit area.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 626 of December 13, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Rent for the Land Plots Provided (Occupied) to Deploy the Infrastructure of the Non-Public-Use Railway Transport

The land in the federal property is implied.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/700@ of December 9, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Sending to the Taxpayer of the Demand to Pay the Tax, Fee, Penalty, Fine in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels

The demand may be sent over telecommunication channels.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 544 of November 18, 2010 on the Adjustment of the Rates of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Flours and Groats

Introduces the above rates in the amount of 0% until June 30, 2011.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-03-10/15 of February 18, 2011

Provides a recommended form of the notification of the use of the right for exemption (prolongation, refusal from) from the taxpayer duties for participants of the Skolkovo project.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-14740/10 of January 21, 2011

Examines the norms specifying the procedure of assessment of requests for participation in the contest for the state or municipal contract for supplies of goods, carrying out works, rendering services.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 73 of January 13, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Slip of Acceptance of Goods for Storage in the Temporary Storage Warehouse of the Customs Body

Endorses the above form.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 698 of December 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Sample Form of the Agreement of the Interaction in the Area of Development of the Infrastructure of the Special Economic Zone

The form is endorsed pursuant to the adoption of amendments to the Land Code of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 2520 of December 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms of the Payer Application for the Return of Advance Payments, Payer Application for the Return (Offsetting) of the Excessively Paid or Excessively Collected Amounts of Customs Duties, Taxes and Other Monetary Recourses, Payer Application for the Return (Offsetting) of the Monetary Bail

Endorses the above forms.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. KE-4-3/2734@ of February 21, 2011 on the Official Publication of the Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. MMV-7-3/730@ of December 15, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format of the Tax Declaration for the Profit Tax from Organisations, Its Filling Procedure

The order was published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta No. 5411(35) of February 18, 2011.

Federal Law No. 18-FZ of February 23, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 24 of the Federal Law on Communication

Adjusts the procedure of allocation of radio frequency bands.

Federal Law No. 21-FZ of February 25, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 14 of the Federal Law on the Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Materiality and Articles 2 and 3 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity

From January 1, 2011, introduces a new procedure of calculation of maternity and child care allowances.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 99 of February 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Goods 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 goods of oil.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 526 of January 28, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rate of Import Customs Duty of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Non-Woven Materials

Introduces the rate of import customs duty for non-woven materials of heading 5603 94 900 0 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union to make 10% of the customs cost, but not less than EUR 0.15 per kg.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 200n of December 31, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 36n of April 23, 2009

The Federal Treasury may demand from banks and institutions of the Central Bank of Russia to suspend operations on the account opened for fiscal and budget-supported institutions in violation of the budget legislation.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 177 of December 17, 2010 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.3.2.2804-10 "Amendments 22 to SanPiN 2.3.2.1078-01 "Hygienic Requirements of Safety and Nutrient Value of Foodstuffs""

Adjusts the above sanitary rules and norms.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of February 25, 2011

The rate of refinancing is increased by 0.25 percentage points from February 28, 2011.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 109 of February 25, 2011 on the Amendments to Table 16 of the Rates of Payment for the Unit of Volume of Forest Resources and the Rates of Payment for the Unit of Area of the Forest Site Available in the Federal Property

The amendments pertain to the rates of payment for the unit of area of the forest site.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 97 of February 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Typical Regulation on the Body of Executive Power of the Subject of the Russian Federation in Charge of the State Regulation of Tariff Rates

The typical regulation specifies the main powers and procedure of forming of the body of executive power of the subject of the Russian Federation in charge of the state regulation of tariff rates.

Order of the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation No. 35 of January 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Classification of Objects of the Tourist Industry, Including Hotels and Other Accommodations, Pistes, Beaches

Introduces a new such procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/1@ of January 12, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms and Formats of Applications for Registration and Removal from Records in the Tax Bodies for Organisations and Individual Entrepreneurs As the Payers of the Uniform Imputed Income Tax for Individual Types of Activities

Endorses new such forms.

Order of the Federal Agency for the Outfit of the State Border of the Russian Federation No. 451-OD of December 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Regime in the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Introduces new such rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 186n of December 24, 2010 on the Amendments to the Normative Legal Acts on Accounting Work and Invalidation of the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 3 of January 15, 1997

Adjusts some normative legal acts on accounting work.

Federal Law No. 22-FZ of March 1, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law on Science and State Science and Technical Policy and Article 17.1 of the Federal Law on the Protection of Competition

State (municipal) institutions of higher education are permitted to create economic companies.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2586-U of February 25, 2011 on the Interest Rate for the Credits Secured with Assets or Guarantees

Increases by 0.25 percentage points the interest rates for the credits of the Central Bank of Russia secured with assets or guarantees.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2585-U of February 25, 2011 on the Interest Rate for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

Increases the fixed interest rates for the deposit operations of the Central Bank of Russia to make 3% annual.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2584-U of February 25, 2011 on the Interest Rate for the Overnight Credit of the Bank of Russia

Increases the rate for the overnight credit of the Bank of Russia from 7.75% to 8% annual.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2583-U of February 25, 2011 on the Rate of Refinancing of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing of the Bank of Russia is increased from 7.75% to 8% annual.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2582-U of February 25, 2011 on the Normatives of Obligatory Reserves (Reserve Requirements) of the Bank of Russia

Increases the normatives of obligatory reserves of credit organisations deposited in the Central Bank of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 107 of February 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Recognition of International Standards of Financial Reports and Explanations of International Standards of Financial Reports for Application on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Explains application of international standards of financial reports in Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 61 of February 7, 2011 on the Federal Targeted Program of Development of Education for the Years 2011-2015

The task is to bring professional education in compliance with the requirements of the labour market.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 20 of January 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Nomenclature of Component Parts (Parts, Units and Plants) Having a Zero Value of Wear in the Calculation of Expenses for Spare Parts in the Cases of Renewal of Transport Vehicles

The nomenclature is used for insurance purposes.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 21n of January 24, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Application of the Insured to the Territorial Body of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation to Request Infromation on the Earnings, Other Payments and Rewards, Form and Procedure of Sending of the Request, Form and Procedure for the Territorial Fund of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation to Provide the Requested Information

Certain situations require requesting infromation from the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation on available payments and other rewards in favour of the insured.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/768@ of December 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Expected Income of the Natural Person (Form 4-HDFL), Its Filling Procedure and the Format of the Tax Declaration for the Expected Income of the Natural Person (Form 4-HDFL)

The declaration is submitted by entrepreneurs without the forming of the legal entity and persons engaged in private practices.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 132 of March 1, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Form of the Visa, Procedure and Terms of Its Drawing up and Issuance, Prolongation, Restoration in the Cases of Loss, As Well As the Procedure of Revocation

The procedure of drawing up of visas for family members of a skilled foreign specialist is being brought in compliance with the actual legislation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 120 of March 1, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Particulars of the Procedure of Calculation of Temporary Disability and Maternity Allowances, Monthly Child Care Allowance for Citizens Covered by the Obligatory Social Insurance for the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity

Adjusts the above regulation pursuant to the entry into force of the amendments from January 1, 2011.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 117 of March 1, 2011 on the Cases Permitting to Declare the Goods Exported from the Russian Federation Indicating a Single Classification Code of the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union

Specifies the above cases.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 548 of January 28, 2010 on the Adjustment of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Grain

Introduces the zero rates of import customs duties for individual types of grain.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 270 of March 4, 2011 on the Measures to Improve State Regulation of the Financial Market of the Russian Federation

The Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement is incorporated in the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia, the latter being handed over to the Ministry of Finance of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 158n of February 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Obligatory Medical Insurance

Endorses new rules regulating relations of subjects and participants of obligatory medical insurance pursuant to the entry into force of the new law from 2011.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 187 of February 14, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Program of Training of Mediators

The mediation procedure is entered into force from January 1, 2011.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 270 of March 4, 2011 on the Measures to Improve State Regulation of the Financial Market of the Russian Federation

The Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement is incorporated in the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia, the latter being handed over to the Ministry of Finance of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 158n of February 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Obligatory Medical Insurance

Endorses new rules regulating relations of subjects and participants of obligatory medical insurance pursuant to the entry into force of the new law from 2011.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 187 of February 14, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Program of Training of Mediators

The mediation procedure is entered into force from January 1, 2011.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 146 of March 4, 2011 on the Register of Notifications of the Creation of Economic Companies Founded by Budget-Supported Scientific Institutions and Institutions of Higher Professional Education and the Procedure of Its Transfer to Control Bodies in Charge of the Payment of Insurance Contributions

The register is kept by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 13 of January 18, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Reports for the Year 2010

In 2010, the regions got subsidies from the federal budget to support agriculture.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 4n of January 17, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form and Procedure of Issuance of the Certificate of the Amount of Earnings, Other Payments and Rewards Used to Transfer Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Social Insurance for the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity for the Two Calendar Years Preceding the Year of the End of Work (Service, Other Activities) or the Year of Applying for the Certificate and the Current Calendar Year

There are amendments to the law on the obligatory social insurance for the cases of temporary disability and maternity.

Federal Law No. 35-FZ of March 8, 2011 "The Charter of the Discipline of Employees of Organisations Operating Production Facilities of Special Radiation and Nuclear Hazards and Objects in the Area of Use of Nuclear Power"

Introduces higher requirements to the work discipline of employees and heads of above organisations.

Federal Law No. 33-FZ of March 8, 2011 on the Amendment to Article 33 of the Federal Law on the Electric Power Supply Industry

Creates the Council of the Market as a self-regulating organisation to ensure the functioning of the commercial infrastructure of the wholesale market of the electric power supply industry.

Federal Law No. 31-FZ of March 8, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine on the Measures to Protect Technologies Pertaining to Cooperation in the Area of Investigation and Use of the Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes and in Creation and Operation of Missiles and Related Equipment

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 30-FZ of March 8, 2011 on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade

Russia joins the above convention.

Federal Law No. 25-FZ of March 7, 2011 on the Amendment to Article 346.29 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the uniform imputed income tax.

Federal Law No. 24-FZ of March 7, 2011 on the Amendment to Article 3.1 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Some Other Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to the payment of the income tax from natural persons from incomes under the contracts on voluntary pension insurance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 129 of March 1, 2011 on the Amendments to the Rules of Technological Connection of Energy Accepting Devices of Consumers of Electric Energy, Objects Producing Electric Energy, As Well As Objects of Power Supply Networks Owned by Network Organisations and Other Parties, to Electric Networks

Refines the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 23n of February 24, 2011 on the Invalidation of Orders of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation Nos. 75n of June 20, 2005, 112n of September 7, 2005, 47n of March 23, 2006, 48n of March 23, 2006, 86n of June 1, 2006 and 179n of December 19, 2006

The orders are invalidated pursuant to introduction of amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 99 of January 31, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of Cars Produced on the Territory of the Russian Federation Permitting to Reimburse the Shortfall of Income to Credit Organisations in the Cases of Purchase by Natural Persons on Credit in 2009-2011 Proceeding from Two Thirds of the Rate of Refinancing of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Extends the above list.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 20n of January 24, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form and Procedure of Sending of the Insurant Request to the Insurer Territorial Body to Check Information on the Insurant (Insurants) Having Issued to the Insured the Certificate (Certificates) of the Amount of Earnings, Other Payments and Rewards for Calculation of the Temporary Disability and Maternity Allowances, the Monthly Child Care Allowance

Provides the form of the above request.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-11/11@ of January 13, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form, Procedure of Filling and Format of Information on the Registered Rights for Immovable Property (Including the Land Plots) and Transactions with It, Holders of Rights for Immovable Property and the Objects of Immovable Property

This information is provided by the bodies in charge of cadastral records to the tax bodies at the place of location.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 10 of February 17, 2011 on Some Issues of Application of the Bail Legislation

Explains the most arguable issues.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 9 of February 17, 2011 on the Amendment to the Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 60 of July 23, 2009 on Some Issues of Adoption of Federal Law No. 296-FZ of December 30, 2008 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy)

The amendments on the status of the bankruptcy commissioner are entered into force from January 1, 2011.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 150 of March 5, 2011 on the Procedure of Confirmation of the Powers of the Payers of Insurance Contributions to the State Extra-Budgetary Funds in the Making, Release (in the Air) and/or Publication of Mass Media, As Well As the Keeping of the Register of the Mentioned Payers of Insurance Contributions and Its Transfer to the Bodies in Charge of Control of the Payment of Insurance Contributions

Some Russian mass media organisations pay insurance contributions at reduced rates.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1242 of December 31, 2010 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Functioning of Retail Markets of Electric Energy

Adjusts some acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the above issues.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 47 of February 15, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Methodology Directions on the Calculation of Tariff Rates and Mark-Ups in the Area of Activities of Organisations of the Communal Complex

The Directions are intended for the regional and municipal regulatory bodies, regulated organisations.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 14n of February 8, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Particulars of Registration in the Tax Bodies of Organisations Having Obtained the Status of Participants of the Project of Implementation of Investigations and Commercialisation of Their Results in Compliance with the Federal Law on the Innovation Centre Skolkovo

Specifies the particulars of registration for taxation purposes of the above organisations.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of March 1, 2011

The Central Bank of Russia changes parameters of the mechanism of exchange rate policies.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 164 of March 11, 2011 on the State Control (Enforcement) in the Area of Education

Endorses the regulation on the state control (enforcement) in the area of education.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 163 of March 11, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation is empowered with authority to organise providing of state and municipal services in the electronic form and through multifunctional centres.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 12 of February 17, 2011 on the Some Issues of Application of the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation in the Wording of the Federal Law No. 228-FZ of July 27, 2010 on the Amendments to the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation

The amendments to the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation are entered into force from December 1, 2010.

Order of the Federal Agency for Tourism No. 50 of March 12, 2011 on the Measures to Inform Tour Operators, Tour Agents and Tourists of the Natural Disaster in Japan

Russian citizens are recommended to abstain from trips to this country.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 197n of December 30, 2010 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 106n of November 24, 2004 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Recording of Information in the Fields of Payments Documents to Transfer Taxes, Fees and Other Payments to the Budget System of the Russian Federation

The amendments to the federal legislation are expected to improve the legal status of state (municipal) institutions.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 156n of February 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Estimate for Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Social Insurance for the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity and for Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases, As Well As for Expenses to Pay out Insurance Support and Its Filling Procedure

Endorses a new such form (Form-4 FSS).

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 42 of February 8, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to Transport Safety Taking into Account the Safety Levels for Various Categories of Objects of the Transport Infrastructure and Transport and Highway Maintenance Vehicles

The requirements contain a system of measures of protection against illegal interference.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 171 of March 16, 2011 on the Amounts of Single Payment and Annual Payment for the Use in the Russian Federation of Radio Frequency Bands and Collection of Such Payment

Specifies the above procedures for the parties using radio frequency bands on the basis of obtained permissions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 169 of March 16, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Semi-Finished Leather Products Exported outside the Member-States of the Customs Union

Adjusts the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation on the rates of customs duties exported from Russia outside the Customs Union.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 581 of January 28, 2011 on the Introduction on the Permanent Basis of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Tropical Oils

Introduces permanent import customs duties for palm oil.

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 2 of March 10, 2011 on the Application by Courts of the Legislation on the Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation expressed its position on individual issues of reimbursement of damage on life and health incurred as a result of industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 34 of February 7, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Amounts of Average Cost of Repair of 1 Square Meter of Total Area of Private Dwelling Homes Owned by Members of Families of Servicemen Having Lost the Breadwinner for the Subjects of the Russian Federation for 2011

Members of families of servicemen having lost the breadwinner may repair their private homes once in 10 years at the expense of the federal budget.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 150 of January 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Application of the Payment of the Excise Duty for the Labelled Goods of the Customs Union Imported to the Territory of the Russian Federation from the Territory of a Member-State of the Customs Union

To transfer excise duty taxes, the taxpayer must submit an appropriate application.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 193n of December 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of the List of Documents That Must Be Preserved by Insurers and the Storage Requirements for Such Documents

Insurers must preserve the documents generated in the course of their activities.

Federal Law No. 42-FZ of March 20, 2011 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Migration Record Keeping for Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation and to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The amendments are expected to improve migration record keeping for foreign citizens and stateless persons.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 174 of March 16, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Educational Activities

Introduces a new procedure of licensing of educational activities.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 582 of January 28, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Condensers for Household Refrigerators and Freezers

Makes more detailed the structure of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 442-r of March 17, 2011

From July 1, 2011, the bodies rendering state (municipal) services may not demand from applicants presentation of documents and information provided by other bodies and organisations.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 224 of February 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Issuance of State-Approved Documents of the Main General and Secondary (Full) General Education, Filling, Storage and Registration of Appropriate Blank Forms

Introduces a new such procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 28 of January 31, 2011 on the Cost of One Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space for the Purpose of Determination in 2011 of the Amount of Limiting Cost of One Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space Used for the 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 Complex

The figures are used in the framework of the program of resettling of citizens from ramshackle homes.

Federal Law No. 41-FZ of March 20, 2011 on the Amendments to the City Planning Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Territorial Planning

Introduces such terms as objects of federal, regional and local significance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 184 of March 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the State Accreditation of Educational Institutions and Scientific Organisations

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 181 of March 21, 2011 on the Procedure of Import to the Russian Federation and Export from the Russian Federation of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors

Specifies the above procedures. This can only be done by legal entities.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 101n of February 11, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Financial Support in 2011 of Preventive Measures to Reduce Industrial Injuries and Occupational Diseases of Employees and Sanatorium and Resort Treatment of Employees Engaged in Works Involving Adverse and/or Hazardous Industrial Factors

Specifies the procedure and terms of financing of preventive measures in 2011.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/4438@ of March 22, 2011 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for February 2011

Provides the above information.

Order of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 53 of March 21, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 19 of February 12, 2010

Provides a new wording for the technology of accepting of estimates of insurants for accrued and paid insurance contributions in the electronic form using the electronic digital signature (Form-4 FSS).

Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources No. 33 of February 14, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation No. 340 of December 12, 2005 on the Endorsement of the Procedure and Terms of Use of Geological and Other Information on Subsoil Resources Owned by the State

From January 1, 2011 abandons collection of payment for the geological infromation on subsoil resources.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 31 of January 31, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Agency of Air Transport on the Execution of the State Function of Licensing of Cargo Transportation by Air Transport

Specifies the licensing procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 30 of January 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Carrying out of Planned Checks in the Cases of Placing of Orders for Supplies of Goods, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services for the Needs of the Ordering Parties

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 187 of December 29, 2010 on the Endorsement of SP 2.3.6.2820-10 "Amendment 3 to SP 2.3.6.1079-01 "Sanitary and Epidemiological Requirements to Public Catering Organisations, the Making and Turnovers of Foodstuffs and Food Raw Materials in Them""

Specifies the above requirements for airplanes and field works.

Infromation of the Central Bank of Russia of March 25, 2011

The rate of refinancing and the interest rates for operations of the Central Bank of Russia are left unchanged.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 187 of March 24, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Goods of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Adjusts the rates of export customs duties for raw oil and individual categories of goods of oil.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 592 of March 2, 2011 on the Amendments to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Airplanes

The planes with unladen weight from 20 t to 120 t are divided into two subheadings.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 591 of March 2, 2011 on the Amendments to the Normative and Legal Acts of the Customs Union in the Area of Customs Tariff and Non-Tariff Regulation for Diamond Crumb and Dust

Introduces a uniform rate of import customs duty for diamond crumb and dust in the amount of 10%.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 244 of March 2, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 769 of September 7, 2010 on the Categories of Goods That Must Contain Infromation on Their Energy Efficiency Class in the Technical Documents Attached to These Goods, on the Labels, As Well As on the Characteristics of Goods Indicating the Ones Exempted from the Requirements in Compliance with the Requirements of the Federal Law on Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Refines the list of exemptions from the categories of goods that must not contain the given information.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 25/6n of January 25, 2011 on the Invalidation of the Order of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Statistics and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 475/102n of November 14, 2003

The codes of figures of annual reports of organisations processed in the bodies of state statistics are provided on the basis of new forms of documents.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 196n of December 30, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents of the Organisation Having Obtained the Status of a Participant of the Project of Implementation of Investigations and Commercialisation of Their Results in Compliance with the Federal Law on the Innovation Centre Skolkovo

Project participants are exempted from VAT and the profit tax.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 627 of December 13, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Act of Survey and the Requirements to Its Preparation

Endorses the form of the above act in execution of the law on the state cadastre of immovable property.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 209 of March 24, 2011 on the Amendments to the General Exemptions for Agreements between Insurers Working at the Same Commodity Market on the Joint Insurance or Reinsurance Activities

An agreement is considered to be permissible, if a number of conditions are fulfilled.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 208 of March 24, 2011 on the Technical Requirements to the Universal Electronic Card and Federal Electronic Applications

Specifies the above requirements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 207 of March 24, 2011 on the Minimum Necessary Requirements to the Issuance of Certificates by Self-Regulating Organisations Permitting Access to Works at Specially Hazardous and Technical Complicated Objects of Capital Construction Affecting the Safety of the Mentioned Objects

The special certificate is issued by self-regulating organisations in the appropriate area.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 205 of March 24, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 753 of September 15, 2009

Adjusts the lists of goods requiring obligatory certification and declaring of compliance.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 11 of February 17, 2011 on Some Issues of Application of the Special Part of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Explains application of individual articles of the special part of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 30 of January 26, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Territorial Body of the Federal Antimonopoly Service

The main functions of the territorial body did not change.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 277 of December 9, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Registration of Vessels and Rights for Them in Sea Merchant Ports

Introduces a new such procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 26, Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 18, Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation No. 80 of January 19, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Certificates of Transport Vehicles and Chassis Certificates Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Ministry of the Industry and Power Supplies of Russia, Ministry of Economic Development of Russia No. 496/192/134 of June 23, 2005

Adjusts the regulation on the certificates of transport vehicles and the chassis certificates.

Order of the Federal Agency for Tourism No. 77 of April 1, 2011 on the Elimination of Consequences Showing the Presence of Danger to Security of Tourists at the Red Sea Resorts of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh

Tour operators and agents are permitted to renew services from April 1, 2011.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 10n of February 2, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Submission of Financial (Accounting) Reports for Credit Consumer Cooperatives

Specifies the above procedure for credit consumer cooperatives with the number of members more than 5,000 natural persons and/or legal entities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1172 of December 27, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Rules of the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy and Power and on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Organisation of Functioning of the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy and Power

Endorses new such rules.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 231 of March 31, 2011 on the Amendment to Item 4 of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 40 of January 29, 2011

Shifts the entry into force of the above decision from April 1 to June 1, 2011.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-2/168@ of February 17, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Sending of the Demand to Submit Documents (Information) and the Procedure of Submission of Documents (Information) at the Demand of the Tax Body in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 238 of March 31, 2011 on the Cost of Insurance Year for the Year 2011

The cost of insurance year for 2011 makes Rbl 13,509.6.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 2-P of March 29, 2011 on the Case of Constitutionality of the Provision of Item 4 of Part 1 of Article 16 of the Federal Law on the General Principles of Organisation of Local Government in the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of the Municipal Formation Urban District of the City of Chita

Investigates the issues of heat supplies in the urban district.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 594 of March 2, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Vegetables

Introduces the zero rates of import customs duties for some fresh and chilled vegetables.

Federal Law No. 65-FZ of April 6, 2011 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Adoption of the Federal Law on the Electronic Signature

The amendments are stipulated by the adoption of the law on the electronic signature replacing the law on the electronic digital signature.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 243 of April 6, 2011 on the List of Personal Identification Documents Permitting to Determine the Age of the Buyer of Alcoholic Products That the Seller May Demand if He Has Doubts That This Buyer Has Come of Age

The list of documents that may be demanded by the seller is specified by the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Mass Communication and Information Technologies No. 191 of March 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Application to Confirm the Powers of the Payers of Insurance Contributions to the State Extra-Budgetary Funds of Russian Organisations and Individual Entrepreneurs to Produce, Release in the Air and/or Publish Mass Media

In 2011-2014, some Russian organisations and entrepreneurs are permitted to reduce tariff rates of insurance contributions.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 74-e of March 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Determination of the Price for the Power of Generating Objects of Participants of the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy (Power) That Will Not Use the Right to Conclude Contracts for Power Supplies before Expiry of the Transient Period of the Deadline of Acceptance of Applications for Participation in the Contest Power Take-Off for 2011 Specified in the Rules of the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy (Power)

The long-term power take-off on the basis of competition is arranged to ensure sufficient generating capacity at the wholesale market.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 11-3/pz-n of January 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Notification of Persons of Their Inclusion in the Insider List and Exclusion from Such List, Regulation on the Handing over of Insider Lists to Trade Organisers Carrying out Operations with Financial Instruments, Foreign Currencies and/or the Goods, Regulation on the Procedure and Deadlines for Insiders to Send Notifications of Operations Carried out by Them

The Order is endorsed in execution of the law expected to prevent illegal use of insider infromation.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/773@ of December 28, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Format of Documents Used by Tax Bodies When They Implement Their Powers in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees

Specifies the formats of the above documents.

Federal Law No. 63-FZ of April 6, 2011 on the Electronic Signature

Provides a new wording for the law on the electronic signature.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 246 of April 6, 2011 on the State Metrological Enforcement

Endorses the regulation on the state metrological enforcement.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-2/169@ of February 17, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Submission of Documents Used by Tax Bodies When Implementing Their Powers in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels, As Well As on the Amendments to Some Normative Legal Acts of the Federal Tax Service

Regulates the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 248 of April 6, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology

The agency shall form and keep the national parts of the joint registers of the bodies of certification and testing laboratories, as well as the issued certificates of compliance and registered declarations of compliance.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 3-P of March 3, 2011 on the Case of Constitutionality of Part 3 of Article 138 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation Pursuant to Appeals of Citizens S.V.Kaporin, I.V.Korshun and Other

Investigates introduction of criminal responsibility for the illegal production, sale and purchase of special technical means of secret collection of information.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 13n of February 8, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for the Body of Insurance Enforcement to Adopt a Decision to Assign an Interim Administration of the Insurance Organisation, Suspend the Powers of the Management Bodies of the Insurance Organisation, As Well As Dismiss the Head of the Interim Administration from his Duties, Interaction of the Interim Administration, Body of Insurance Enforcement and Representatives of the Body of Insurance Enforcement When They Implement Their Powers, Forms of Control over the Interim Administration by the Body of Insurance Enforcement and Its Representatives

The body of insurance enforcement may suspend the powers of the management bodies of the insurance organisation and assign an interim administration in it in the cases envisaged in the law on bankruptcy.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 8n of February 2, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for the Body of Insurance Enforcement to Control Execution of the Plan of Restoration of Solvency of Insurance Organisation and Carry out an On-Site Check of the Work of Insurance Organisation

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 88 of March 9, 2011 on the Energy Efficiency Requirements for the Goods That Have Energy Efficiency Classes Specified by the Authorised Federal Body of Executive Power

Endorses the energy efficiency requirements for the above goods.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 289 of December 21, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Highway Agency on the State Service of Adoption of Decisions to Withdraw, Including the Buy out, for Federal Needs Land Plots and/or Other Objects of Immovable Property Located on Them for Construction and Reconstruction of Public-Use Highways of Federal Significance

Regulates the above procedures.

Federal Law No. 60-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Procedure for Natural Persons to Move the Goods for Personal Use Across the Customs Border of the Customs Union and Carry out Customs Operations of Their Release

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 59-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Ratification of the Treaty on the Particulars of Criminal and Administrative Responsibility for the Violation of the Customs Legislation of the Customs Union and the Member-States of the Customs Union

Ratifies the above treaty.

Federal Law No. 58-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Particulars of Use of Vehicles of International Transportation Carrying Passengers, As Well As the Trailers, Semi-Trailers, Containers and Railroad Rolling Stock Carrying Cargo and/or Luggage for Internal Transportation over the Customs Territory of the Customs Union

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 57-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Ratification of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Norway on the Maritime Delimitation and Cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean

The agreement defines the border line between the two countries.

Federal Law No. 56-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Organisation of the Meeting of the Heads of States and Governments of the Participating Countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in 2012, on the Development of the City of Vladivostok As a Centre of International Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Adjusts the above law and some other acts.

Federal Law No. 61-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Military and Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation with Foreign States

The federal law is expected to protect the rights of the state for the results of intellectual activities in the military and technical cooperation.

Federal Law No. 51-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 64 of the Air Code of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to tariff rates and fees in the area of civil aviation.

Federal Law No. 50-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 85.1 of the Air Code of the Russian Federation

The carriers must submit passenger personal infromation to special databases.

Federal Law No. 48-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Simplifies the procedure of crossing of the state border for Russian fishing vessels.

Federal Law No. 47-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to the Code of Internal Water Transport of the Russian Federation

Introduces the notion of the infrastructure of internal water ways.

Federal Law No. 45-FZ of April 5, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 19.1 of the Law of the Russian Federation on Subsoil Resources

Simplifies extraction of commonly available mineral resources and subsurface waters at the deposits of other raw materials

Declaration of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Central Bank of Russia of April 5, 2011 on the Strategy of Development of the Banking Sector in the Russian Federation for the Period Until 2015

Specifies the above issues.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 30 of March 24, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 36 of May 28, 2009 on the Application of the Code of Arbitration Procedures of the Russian Federation When the Cases Are Processed in the Arbitration Court of the Appellate Instance

Updates earlier prepared explanations on the application of the norms of the Code of Arbitration Procedures in the courts of the appellate instance.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 51 of February 14, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Carry out the Qualification Examination for the Certificate of Professional Competence of the International Highway Carrier

Persons carrying passengers and cargo must have such certificate.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 47-T of April 7, 2011 on the Recommendations for Credit Organisations Serving Clients Accepting Payments of Natural Persons

Prepares recommendations for credit organisation serving paying agents.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 196n of March 5, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the List of Medical Items of the First Aid Kit for Employees

The employer must observe labour safety requirements.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 596 of March 2, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Chains and Part Thereof of Ferrous Metals

Introduces a combined rate of import customs duty for heading 7315 82 100 0 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 14-27/150 of April 7, 2011 on the Transfer of Money by a Legal Entity in Favour of the Natural Person Who Does Not Have a Bank Account

Explains the procedure for an organisation to transfer money to a natural person who does not have a bank account with subsequent payment of cash.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 654-r of April 15, 2011 on the Basic State Information Resources

Endorses the list of the basic state information resources used when providing (executing) state or municipal services (functions).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 285 of April 16, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of the Types of Entrepreneurial Activities in the Area of Education, Development of the Underage, Organisation of Their Recreation and Rehabilitation, Medical Support, Social Protection and Social Services, Children's and Youth Sports, Culture and Arts Involving the Underage Requiring That the Natural Person Registered As an Individual Entrepreneur Submit to the Registration Body a Certificate of Presence (Absence) of a Criminal History and/or the Fact of Criminal Process or Termination of Criminal Process Because of Rehabilitation

Some types of entrepreneurial activities require submission of the above certificate for registration as an individual entrepreneur.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 286 of April 16, 2011 on the Databank of Employment of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation

The keeping of the databank is vested in the Federal Migration Service.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 30 of January 31, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Agency of the Air Transport on the Execution of the State Function of Licensing of Passenger Transportation by Air Transport

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 23 of March 23, 2011 on the Endorsement of SP 2.1.2.2844-11 "Sanitary and Epidemiological Requirements to the Outfit, Equipment and Maintenance of Hostels for Employees of Organisations and Educational Institutions"

The requirements are introduced from September 1, 2011.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-113 of April 8, 2011 on the Documents Necessary for the Calculation and Payment of Taxes Demanded by Tax Bodies

Tax bodies may demand documents necessary for the calculation and payment of taxes or confirming correctness of estimates.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 283 of April 16, 2011 on the Improvement of the Procedure of Fixing of Tariff Rates (Prices) for Production of Thermal Energy and for the Services of Its Transfer

Heat producers and suppliers will get payment for their services proceeding from their reliability and quality.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 282 of April 16, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 934 of November 16, 2009

Specifies the amount of damage to highways from vehicles with pneumatic suspension if they exceed the limiting axle loads.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 152 of January 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms of the Declaration of the Customs Cost (DTS-3 and DTS-4) and the Procedure of Declaring of the Customs Cost of Goods Exported from the Russian Federation

Endorses new such forms.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2591-U of March 11, 2011 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1375-U of January 16, 2004 on the Rules of Drawing up and Submission of Reports by Credit Organisations to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Refines the above procedures.

Federal Law No. 79-FZ of April 21, 2011 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Placing of Orders for Supplies of Goods, Carrying out Works, Rendering Services for the State and Municipal Needs

The area of state supplies must be more efficient and transparent.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 272 of April 15, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Cargo Transportation by the Highway Transport

Introduces new such rules.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 396 of February 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Decision Assigning the Customs Expert Evaluation, Form of Statement of the Customs Expert (Expert), Procedure for Taking Samples and Prototypes of Goods for the Customs Expert Evaluation and Suspension of the Customs Expert Evaluation

Specifies the amount of goods necessary for the customs expert evaluation.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/6128@ of April 18, 2001 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for March 2011

Specifies the above information.

Federal Law No. 80-FZ of April 21, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 13 of the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation and Article 25.6 of the Federal Law on the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry in the Russian Federation

Specifies exemptions from common rules of employment of foreign citizens.

Federal Law No. 77-FZ of April 21, 2011 on the Amendments to Articles 224 and 333.29 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Article 19 of the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to participants of the state program of assistance of the voluntary resettlement to Russia of compatriots living abroad.

Federal Law No. 75-FZ of April 21, 2011 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Agreement of the Customs Union on the Sanitary Measures of December 11, 2009

Ratifies the above protocol.

Federal Law No. 72-FZ of April 21, 2011 on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on the State Border of the Russian Federation and Invalidation of Part 5 of Article 32 of the Federal Law on the Sea Ports in the Russian Federation and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The Government of the Russian Federation shall specify the requirements to the marking and outfit of the parts of railroads and highways from the state border to the points of transfer, as well as the procedure of economic and other activities within the points of transfer.

Federal Law No. 70-FZ of April 21, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 333.3 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Introduces reduced rates of fees for the use of objects of aquatic bioresources for individual entrepreneurs.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 312 of April 25, 2011 on the Estimate of the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Unalloyed Nickel

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 311 of April 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Goods 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 the above commodities.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/253@ of April 7, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format of the Tax Declaration for the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources and Its Filling Procedure

Introduces a new form and the filling procedure.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 612 of April 7, 2011 on the Amendments to Note 8 to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union

Adjusts the list of oil deposits of Russia and Belarus for the purpose of collection of the customs duty.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 610 of April 7, 2011 on the Introduction of the Interim Prohibition to Export Some Types of Agricultural Goods from the Territory of the Republic of Belarus

Russia and Kazakhstan have to take this information into account.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 608 of April 7, 2011 on the Amendments to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Cast Iron or Steel Parts for Hydraulic Turbines

Introduces new subheadings for the above items.

Decision of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 62 of April 1, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Average Values of the Main Figures for Calculation of Mark-Ups and Mark-Downs to Insurance Tariff Rates for Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases in 2011

Specifies the above information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 318 of April 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of State Control of Observance of Requirements of the Legislation on Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency and on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

Endorses the above rules.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 297 of April 21, 2011 on the Procedure to Label Alcoholic Products with Special Federal Stamps

Refines the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 294 of April 21, 2011 on the Particulars of Financing, Assigning and Paying out in 2011 of Insurance Support, Other Payments and Expenses Envisaged in Part 2 of Article 7 of the Federal Law on the Budget of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation for the Year 2011 and for the Planned Period of 2012 and 2013, Particulars of Payment of Insurance Contributions for Obligatory Social Insurance in the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity and for Obligatory Social Issuance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 729-r of April 25, 2011

Lists the services of the state and municipal institutions and other organisations that must be provided in the electronic form.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 41n of April 8, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Carry out a Contest to Determine the Expert Body to Carry out an Expert Evaluation of Opportunities of Application of Documents Included in the International Financial Reporting Standards on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 329 of April 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 311 of April 25, 2011

The rate of the export customs duty for gasoline is increased from USD 283.9 to USD 408.3 per ton.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 326 of April 26, 2011 on Some Issues of Activities of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power in the Area of Financial Markets

The Federal Service of Insurance Enforcement is incorporated in the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 6-P of April 25, 2011 on the Case of Constitutionality of Part 1 of Article 3.7 and Part 2 of Article 8.28 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of the Limited-Liability Company StroyKomplekt

Confiscation of wood felling equipment is not permissible if the owner is not involved.

Order of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 67 of April 12, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Bank Reports of the Opening and Closing of the Account, Changing of Account Details

The above reports are sent now to the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of April 29, 2011

From May 3, 2011, the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia makes 8.25%.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 328 of April 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1155 of December 27, 2010

Adjusts the procedure of calculation of the rates of export customs duties for gasoline.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/6116@ of April 18, 2011 on the Submission of Intermediate Accounting Reports

Specifies the forms of accounting reports for the year 2011.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 12-5-2/526 of April 4, 2011 on the Checking of Validity of Passports

Information on invalid passports may be used for reference only.

Federal Law No. 91-FZ of May 3, 2011 on the Amendments to Articles 28 and 110 of the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy) and Article 3 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy) and Invalidation of Parts 18, 19 and 21 of Article 4 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Insolvency (Bankruptcy)

Refines the provisions on the electronic tenders to sell debtor property.

Federal Law No. 90-FZ of May 3, 2011 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Regulation in the Area of Extraction and Use of Coal, on the Particulars of Social Protection of Employees of Organisations of the Coal Industry

Extends the list of persons entitled for the additional pension support in the cases of liquidation of coal producing enterprises.

Federal Law No. 84-FZ of May 3, 2011 on the Ratification of Protocol 3 on the Amendments to the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in South-East Asia

Russia favours accession of international organisations to the above treaty.

Federal Law No. 83-FZ of May 3, 2011 on the Ratification of the Treaty on the Procedure for Natural Persons to Move Cash and/or Monetary Instruments across the Customs Border of the Customs Union

Ratifies the above treaty.

Federal Law No. 81-FZ of May 3, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Turkish Republic on Cooperation in the Area of Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes

Ratifies the above agreement.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-11/154@ of February 11, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form, Its Filling Procedure and the Format of Information on the Inventory Cost of Immovable Property and Other Information Necessary for Calculation of Taxes

Information on the inventory cost of immovable property must be submitted to the tax bodies.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2621-U of April 29, 2011 on the Interest Rate for the Overnight Credit of the Bank of Russia

Increases the rate for the overnight credit of the Central Bank of Russia.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2620-U of April 29, 2011 on the Interest Rates for the Credits Secured with Assets or Guarantees

Increases the rates for the credits secured with assets or guarantees.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2619-U of April 29, 2011 on the Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

Increases the fixed interest rates for the deposit operations of the Central Bank of Russia.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2618-U of April 29, 2011 on the Rate of Refinancing of the Bank of Russia

Increases the rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/6526 of April 22, 2011 on the Taxation for Partnerships of Owners of Dwelling Space in the Cases of Application of the Simplified System of Taxation

Examines the issue of inclusion of some payments received from its members in the incomes of the partnership of owners of dwelling space applying the simplified system of taxation.

Federal Law No. 99-FZ of May 4, 2011 on the Licensing of Individual Types of Activities

The licensing is preserved only where it is really necessary.

Federal Law No. 97-FZ of May 4, 2011 on the Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation Improving the State Management in the Anticorruption Area

Specifies punishments for bribery.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 349 of May 6, 2011 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Forming and Keeping of the Register of Disqualified Entities

The keeping of the register is handed over to the Federal Tax Service of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 356 of May 10, 2011 on the Refugee Identification Card

Introduces a new procedure of drawing up and issuance of refugee identification card.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 355 of May 6, 2011 on the Amendments to the Main Provisions of the Functioning of Retail Trade Markets of Electric Energy

Companies supplying power to organisations of the Ministry of Defence of Russia may get the status of guaranteed suppliers.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 352 of May 6, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of Services Being Essential and Obligatory for the Federal Bodies of Executive Power Providing State Services and Provided by Participating Organisations and on the Determination of the Amount of Payment for Them

Specifies the above list.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/242@ of April 1, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Notification of the Registration in the Tax Body of the Organisation Being a Foreign Marketing Partner of the International Olympic Committee and/or Official Broadcasting Company

Endorses the above form.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 635 of May 12, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 251 March 1, 2011 on the Extraordinary Certification of Employees of the Bodies of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

The certification of employees of the bodies of internal affairs is prolonged until August 1, 2011.

Order of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation No. 380 of March 26, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation No. 500 of December 28, 2006

Applications of citizens may now be submitted in the electronic form.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 637 of May 12, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 715 of June 24, 2009 on the All-Russia Obligatory, Free for All TV and Radio Channels and to the List Endorsed by This Decree

Specifies a new list of TV channels that must available on the whole territory of the Russian Federation and free for consumers.

Decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. GKPI11-100 of April 12, 2011 on the Partial Invalidation of the Rules of Calculation and Confirmation of the Insured Length of Service for the Purposes of Assigning of Labour Pensions Endorsed by Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 555 of July 24, 2002

Examines opportunities of confirmation of the insured length of service.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 637 of May 12, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 715 of June 24, 2009 on the All-Russia Obligatory, Free for All TV and Radio Channels and to the List Endorsed by This Decree

Specifies a new list of TV channels that must available on the whole territory of the Russian Federation and free for consumers.

Decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. GKPI11-100 of April 12, 2011 on the Partial Invalidation of the Rules of Calculation and Confirmation of the Insured Length of Service for the Purposes of Assigning of Labour Pensions Endorsed by Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 555 of July 24, 2002

Examines opportunities of confirmation of the insured length of service.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. KE-4-3/6494 of April 21, 2011 on the Procedure of Registration for Profit Taxation Purposes of Expenses for Development of Design Documentation in the Absence of Incomes

Specifies the above procedure.

Letter of the Federal Customs Service No. 01-11/12406 of March 22, 2011 on the Customs Declaring of Goods

Specifies the above procedure for the cases of processing of goods on the customs territory.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 617 of April 7, 2011 on the Amendments to the Instruction on the Procedure of Filling of the Declaration for the Goods Endorsed by Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 257 of May 20, 2010

Provides a new wording for the above instruction to be used from July 1, 2011.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 620 of April 7, 2011 on the New Wording of the Joint List of Products Requiring Obligatory Assessment (Confirmation) of Compliance in the Framework of the Customs Union and Issuance of Uniform Documents Endorsed by Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 319 of June 18, 2010

Provides a new wording for the above list.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 103 of March 30, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 240 of December 17, 2009

Adjusts the terms of distribution of foreign permissions for Russian carriers.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 144 of April 4, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Cadastral Division of the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Procedure of Assigning of Cadastral Numbers to Objects of Immovable Property

Introduces two new rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 27n of March 3, 2011 on the Composition of Information Included in the Annual Report of the Carried out Lotteries and Its Publication Procedure

Organisers and operators must publish annual reports before June 1.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 2n of January 13, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Transfer of the Insurance Portfolio in the Cases of Application of Measures of Prevention of Bankruptcy of the Insurance Organisation, As Well As in the Course of Procedures Applied in the Cases of Bankruptcy of the Insurance Organisation

Clients must be informed of the transfer of the insurance portfolio in advance.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. AS-4-3/7741@ of May 13, 2011 on the Information Necessary for Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for April 2011

The tax rate for oil is increased.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 657 of May 20, 2011 on the Monitoring of Law Enforcement Activities in the Russian Federation

Federal bodies of executive power and regional authorities are ordered to monitor the existing practices of application of laws.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 373 of May 16, 2011 on the Working out and Endorsement of Administrative Regulations on Execution of State Functions and Administrative Regulations on the Provided State Services

Introduces new such procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 394 of May 18, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of Individual Types of Professional Activities and Activities Involving Sources of Hazards Imposing Restrictions for Drug Addicts

Drug addicts are not permitted to work in child and teenager seasonal recreational and educational organisations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 354 of May 6, 2011 on the Communal Services Provided to Owners and Users of Space in Apartment Houses and Dwelling Homes

Communal services will be provided using new rules.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 673 of May 24, 2011 on the Federal Service of Intellectual Property

Renames the old service.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 390 of May 18, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Forming, Placing and Spending of the Reserve of Resources for Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases in 2011

Specifies areas of investments.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 321n of April 14, 2011 on the Registration Certificate of a Medicine for Medical Application

An attachment is made to the registration certificate, if there are changes of information on the medicine for medical application.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 413 of May 24, 2011 on the Particulars of the State Technical Inspection of Motor Vehicles and Trailers to Them Registered in the State Traffic Safety Inspection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

Deadlines of the state technical inspection are shifted to 12 months later.

Decision of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation No. 30 of April 11, 2001 on the Endorsement of SanPiN 2.3.2.2868-11 "Amendment 23 to SanPiN 2.3.2.1078-01 "Hygienic Safety and Nutrient Value Requirements to Foodstuffs""

Extends the list of plants that may be harmful to human health if used as dietary supplements.

Decision of the Management Board of the Pension Fund of Russia No. 59p of March 24, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Management Board of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation No. 192p of July 31, 2006

Extends the list of documents of the individual (personified) records in the system of obligatory pension insurance.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 02-03-09/2136 of May 24, 2011

Examines opportunities of preservation of the type of existing autonomous institutions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 407 of May 20, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Draft Laws Initiated by the Government of the Russian Federation

Draft laws initiated by the Government of the Russian Federation will be discussed in the Internet.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 32 of May 12, 2011 on the Place of Permanent Location of the Federal Arbitration Court of the Central District

The Federal Arbitration Court of the Central District moves to the city of Kaluga.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 422 of May 26, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Raw Oil and Individual Categories of Goods of Oil Exported Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union

Increases the rates of export customs duties for raw oil and individual categories of goods of oil.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 419 of May 26, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the State Control of International Highway Transportation and on Invalidation of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 481 of June 26, 2008

Refines the procedure of state control in the points of transfer through the state border carried out by customs bodies.

Information of the Central Bank of Russia of May 30, 2011

The rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia is not changed.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1173 of December 27, 2010 on the Procedure for Coordination of the Handing over of Objects of Electric Networks Forming the Joint National (All-Russia) Electric Network for Lease to the Territorial Network Organisations

Specifies the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 50n of April 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Putting Forward and Receiving Invoices in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels Using Electronic Digital Signature

Appropriate amendments were introduced to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 656 of May 19, 2011 on the Amendments to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for New Rubber Pneumatic Tyres

The appropriate subheading is divided into three new ones.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 655 of May 19, 2011 on the Amendments to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Construction Foam in Pressurised Containers

Introduces a separate code for construction foam in pressurised containers.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 654 of May 19, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rate of Import Customs Duty of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Soy Oil Meal

Reduces the rate of import customs duty for soy oil meal from 5% to 0%.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 652 of May 19, 2011 on the Introduction of the Temporary Prohibition for the Export of Individual Types of Oil Products from the Territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The prohibition is in effect from May 7 until July 1, 2011.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 639 of May 19, 2011 on the Amendments to the Instruction on the Procedure for Amending the Declaration for the Goods after Their Release.

Refines the above instruction.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 638 of May 19, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 289 of June 18, 2010 on the Form of and Procedure for Filling in the Transit Declaration

Adjusts the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 428 of May 28, 201 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography

Specifies the body in charge of the keeping of the Register of Self-Regulated Organisations of Mediators.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 10-P of May 26, 2011 on the Case of Constitutionality of Provisions of Item 1 of Article 11 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, Item 2 of Article 1 of the Federal Law on Third Party Arbitration Courts in the Russian Federation, Article 28 of the Federal Law on the State Registration of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It, Item 1 of Article 33 and Article 51 of the Federal Law on the Hypothec (Mortgage for Immovable Property) Pursuant to the Request of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation

Examines whether third party arbitration courts may solve disputes on immovable property.

Federal Law No. 106-FZ of June 1, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 1 of the Federal Law on the Minimum Amount of Labour Remuneration

The minimum amount of labour remuneration is increased to Rbl 4,611 per month.

Order of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation No. 412 of April 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the List of Typical Archive Documents Generated in the Scientific, Technical and Production Activities of Organisations Indicating the Period of Storage Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation No. 1182 of July 31, 2007

Adjusts the above list.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 11-6/pz-n of March 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Coordination of Internal Regulations for Carrying out Operations with Accumulated Pensions Reflecting the Particulars of Activities of Trust Control of Resources of Accumulated Pensions

Management companies must coordinate their internal regulations with the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communication of the Russian Federation No. 39 of March 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication on the Provided State Service "Issuance of Certificates Confirming the Right for Benefits Envisaged in the Legislation of the Russian Federation for Periodicals, Books and Printed Matter"

Specifies the above procedure.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2641-U of May 30, 2011 on the Interest Rates for Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

The rates are increased by 0.25 percentage points.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2617-U of April 29, 2011 on the Particulars of the Procedure of Assessment of the Economic Standing of Banks

Profitability is not taken into account for the time being.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2612-U of April 20, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 283-P of March 20, 2006 on the Procedure for Credit Organisations to Form Reserves for Possible Losses

Adjusts the above procedure.

Federal Law No. 104-FZ of June 1, 2011 on the Ratification of the Protocol on Individual Temporary Exemptions from the Regime of Functioning of the Joint Customs Territory of the Customs Union

Member-countries of the Customs Union preserve a number of restrictions in mutual trade for the time being.

Federal Law No. 103-FZ of June 1, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Rules of Determination of the Country of Origin of Goods in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Unifies the rules of determination of the country of origin of goods on the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 280n of April 8, 2011 on the Amendments to Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 277n of May 27, 2009 on the Organisation and Implementation of the Monitoring of Prices and Variety of Medicines in Stationary Treatment-and-Prevention and Apothecary Institutions (Organisations) of the Russian Federation

Refines the above procedure.

Information of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being of May 30, 2011 on the Prohibition of Import and Circulation of Fresh Vegetables Produced in Germany and Spain

The salad of imported vegetables may contain coli bacillus.

Letter of the Departmetn of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-06/6-107 of May 13, 2011 on the Tax on Incomes from Natural Persons for the Cost of Drinking Water Purchased by the Organisation for Its Employees

In this case, employees are regarded as getting incomes in kind, and the organisation as fulfilling the functions of a tax agent.

Federal Law No. 104-FZ of June 1, 2011 on the Ratification of the Protocol on Individual Temporary Exemptions from the Regime of Functioning of the Joint Customs Territory of the Customs Union

Member-countries of the Customs Union preserve a number of restrictions in mutual trade for the time being.

Federal Law No. 103-FZ of June 1, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Rules of Determination of the Country of Origin of Goods in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Unifies the rules of determination of the country of origin of goods on the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 280n of April 8, 2011 on the Amendments to Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 277n of May 27, 2009 on the Organisation and Implementation of the Monitoring of Prices and Variety of Medicines in Stationary Treatment-and-Prevention and Apothecary Institutions (Organisations) of the Russian Federation

Refines the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 280n of April 8, 2011 on the Amendments to Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 277n of May 27, 2009 on the Organisation and Implementation of the Monitoring of Prices and Variety of Medicines in Stationary Treatment-and-Prevention and Apothecary Institutions (Organisations) of the Russian Federation

Refines the above procedure.

Information of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being of May 30, 2011 on the Prohibition of Import and Circulation of Fresh Vegetables Produced in Germany and Spain

The salad of imported vegetables may contain coli bacillus.

Letter of the Departmetn of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-04-06/6-107 of May 13, 2011 on the Tax on Incomes from Natural Persons for the Cost of Drinking Water Purchased by the Organisation for Its Employees

In this case, employees are regarded as getting incomes in kind, and the organisation as fulfilling the functions of a tax agent.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-3440/11 of May 17, 2011

The forms of tax declarations must be updated to reflect changes in the legislation.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 11-7/pz-n of April 5, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Rules of Broker Activities in the Cases of Operations with Monetary Resources of Broker Clients

Introduces new such rules.

Federal Law No. 132-FZ of June 7, 2011 on the Amendments to Article 95 of Part 1, Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation Pertaining to the Forming of Favourable Taxation Conditions for Innovative Activities and Article 5 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Development of innovations is promoted with tax measures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 441 of June 3, 2011 on the Amendments to Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Import to the Territory of the Russian Federation of Medicines for Medical Application

Specifies the cases of import of medicines under permission of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia without the license of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 125 of April 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Carry out Weight and Dimensions Control of Transport Vehicles, Including the Procedure to Arrange the Points of Weight and Dimensions Control of Transport Vehicles

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-2/203@ of March 15, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Submit to Banks Documents Used by Tax Bodies for the Implementation of Their Powers in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees and the Procedure for Banks to Provide Information to Requests of Tax Bodies in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels (Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on May 31, 2011, Registration No. 20900)

Specifies the above procedures.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. -4-2/8931@ of June 6, 2011 on the Processing of Applications for the Import of Goods and Payment of Indirect Taxes for the Goods Accepted for Registration before July 1, 2010

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 130 of April 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Transportation Safety Requirements Taking Account of the Safety Levels for Various Categories of Objects in the Underground

Specifies the above requirements.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 524 of April 15, 2011 on the Endorsement of the List of Personal Identification Documents Permitting to Identify the Age of the Buyer of Alcoholic Products the Seller May Demand If He Has Doubts That the Buyer Has Come of Age

Selling alcohol to the underage is prohibited.

Order of the Federal Highway Agency No. 53 of May 23, 2011 on the Temporary Restriction of Travel of Transport Vehicles over Public-Use Highways of Federal Significance in the Summer of 2011

Introduces restrictions on the travel of cargo transport vehicles over public-use highways of federal significance from June 15 to August 15.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 43n of April 19, 2011 on the Endorsement of Economic Normatives of Sufficiency of Own Resources and Liquidity for Microfinancial Organisations Attracting Monetary Resources of Natural Persons and Legal Entities in the Form of Loans

Specifies the above requirements.

Federal Law No. 133-FZ of June 13, 2011 on Amending the Federal Law on the State Regulation of the Organisation and Realisation of Gambling and on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

It is established that a gambling business, rather than a part thereof, may operate as a bookmaker office. A definition of the purpose of operation thereof and a description of its structural units and the mutual relations thereof are provided. Gambling machines and tables are prohibited for being used outside of gambling zones. Betting shops require a licence. Effective as of January 1, 2012.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 750 of June 10, 2011 on Amending the Regulations on the Law-Enforcement Service in Narcotics and Psychotropic Substance Control Bodies Endorsed by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 613 of June 5, 2003

Drug control personnel are entitled to use physical force and to carry and apply firearms and special facilities. The decree comes into force when signed.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 451 of June 8, 2011 on the Infrastructure Supporting the Information-Technological Interaction of the Information Systems Used to Provide State and Municipal Services in an Electronic Form

Details of said infrastructure as a comprehensive complex made up of information technology and telecommunication components are provided for the purpose of safely, smoothly and effectively maintaining two-way dealings with applicants and monitoring the interaction of the various bodies and organisations. Once fed into the system, information will be used several times by means of a single system and regional systems of interdepartmental electronic cooperation. The state information systems constituting the infrastructure are going to be commissioned by July 1, 2012. The decision on this subject matter adopted earlier is superseded.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 661 of May 19, 2011 on Adjusting the Rate of Import Customs Duty of the Uniform Customs Tariff of the Customs Union in Respect of Phosphates

Ground phosphates import is subject to zero duty rate until the end of 2011. Effective as of the date of official publication.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 660 of May 19, 2011 on Including the Vessels Used as Accumulating Tanks for Petroleum Product Exportation Purposes (CC FEA of the Customs Union Code 8901) in the List of Goods Temporarily Imported as Fully Conditionally Exempt from Customs Duties and Taxes

Defines which sea vessels are eligible for duty-free and tax-free temporary import and describes the conditions making them eligible. Effective as of the date of official publication.

Letter of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 15076-KK/08 of June 9, 2011

Contains indices catering for forecast inflation and affecting cost estimates for prospecting, designing, building and erection works as well as other costs and equipment, recommended for application in Quarter II of 2011. The indices are intended for being used in preparation for tenders concerning the projects where federal budget funds are involved. Not applicable to mutual settlements of accounts for works completed.

Federal Law No. 135-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Abolishing the Lomonosov District Court of the Federal-Significance City of St. Petersburg

Brings the city's judicial system in line with the legislation.

Federal Law. No. 134-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Abolishing Some District Courts of Perm Kray

Abolishes five small-staff district courts for the purpose of streamlining the general jurisdiction court system in that region.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 462 of June 10, 2011 on Endorsing the Rules for Determining the Coefficient Kt to Compute the Maximum Deductible Amount for the Purposes of the Mining Tax on Coal

According to the decision occupational safety and health expenses qualify as deductible in the taxation of coal mining or in the taxation of profit. The procedure and paperwork required for businesses to apply for the deductible are described.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 460 of June 10, 2011 on Cap on the Cost of One Square Metre of Total Area of Dwelling Premises at the Acquisition (Construction) Thereof for Federal State Needs

The cap of 30,000 roubles per square metre is set for cases when dwelling premises are acquired for federal state needs. A system for computing the cap in the future is defined as taking into account the market value of living quarters. The cap may be exceeded by a decision of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 455 of June 10, 2011 on Endorsing a List of the Types of Expenses Relating to Occupational Safety and Health in Coal Mining Accepted as Deductible for the Purposes of the Mining Tax

Concerning the amendments to the Tax Code, effective from April 1, 2011, related to the mining tax on coal, the decision defines which expenses may qualify as deductible. Such expenses will be recorded separately from the other costs relating to the development of subsoil tracts and be recognised according to the policies for taxation purposes that can be changed once in five or more years.

Federal Law No. 143-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation for the Purpose of Improving the Mechanisms Whereby Citizens' Electoral Rights Are Ensured

Makes it easier for disabled persons to take part in the various elections as voters or candidates.

Federal Law No. 142-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Improvement of Legal Regulation of the Mass Media

A universal licence is instituted for television and radio broadcasting in any media (ground, air, cable and satellite), the effective term thereof set at ten years. The preparation and dissemination of television and radio channel packages by means of satellite capacity is separated from broadcasting and requires a permit issued by a federal executive body. One and the same procedure governs the distribution of foreign television and radio channels and domestic ones as they have to be registered in Russia as mass media. Definitions are provided for the mass medium and the network edition. A state information system is created in the area of mass media. The President of the Russian Federation will endorse a list of compulsory general-access television and radio channels which will be issued with a universal licence without an auction to broadcast on the entire territory of Russia. A broadcaster must inform the licensor about the communication operators providing services thereto in terms of transmitting television and radio channel, and a communication operator, about the broadcasters cooperating with him. Except for some provisions, the law enters into force as of November 10, 2011. The licences issued earlier shall keep effective until the end of their term.

Federal Law No. 140-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending Article 14 of the Civil Procedural Code of the Russian Federation and Article 30 of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Russian Federation

According to the law the composition of a court may be formed by means of an automated information system allowing to avoid the influence of biased persons.

Federal Law No. 139-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending the Federal Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in Connection with the Improvement of Control over Transactions Involving the Precursors of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Enhances control in respect of some precursors which are not used in the industry but may be used in the preparation of narcotics and psychotropic substances, such precursors being included in List I (circulation prohibited), while the precursors used in the industry and households still remain in List IV (transactions limited). Accordingly, the precursors from List I may be used only for scientific, educational, expert and investigation purposes. Any operations involving precursors and resulting in a change in quantity thereof are to be recorded in log-books kept for ten years. The law enters into force upon the expiry of 120 days after being officially published.

Federal Law No. 137-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending the Forest Code of the Russian Federation and Article 71 of the Federal Law on Hunting and Conservation of Game Resources and on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

The federal authorities have the power to set age limits for logging and define rules for the procurement of forest resources, forest restoration, fire and sanitary safety in woodlands etc. in respect of the various types of woods. Geological prospecting of the sub-soil on woodlands does not necessarily require the allocation of a forest tract, unless it implies cutting plants and erecting major structures. With some exceptions, like hydrocarbon geological and mining facilities, major construction sites are prohibited in forests located in water protection zones. Also, major construction sites (with said exceptions) are prohibited in the no-go zones of forests near bodies of water. From July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012 the effective hunting licences issued before that date have to be replaced with similar standard-design documents.

Federal Law No. 136-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Medical Assistance for the Russian Federation Citizens Being Members of the Civilian Personnel of Military Formations of the Russian Federation Stationed on the Territories of Some Foreign States, Their Family Members and the Family Members of Military Servicemen Undergoing Military Service under a Contract in These Military Formations and on Amending Article 11 of the Federal Law on Mandatory Medical Insurance in the Russian Federation

It is established that family members of the military servicemen of the units deployed in the Commonwealth of Independent States and in Abkhazia and the South Ossetia are eligible for free medical assistance. The Government of the Russian Federation designates companies to provide mandatory medical insurance for non-working citizens.

Federal Law No. 136-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Medical Assistance for the Russian Federation Citizens Being Members of the Civilian Personnel of Military Formations of the Russian Federation Stationed on the Territories of Some Foreign States, Their Family Members and the Family Members of Military Servicemen Undergoing Military Service under a Contract in These Military Formations and on Amending Article 11 of the Federal Law on Mandatory Medical Insurance in the Russian Federation

It is established that family members of the military servicemen of the units deployed in the Commonwealth of Independent States and in Abkhazia and the South Ossetia are eligible for free medical assistance. The Government of the Russian Federation designates companies to provide mandatory medical insurance for non-working citizens.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 12-P of June 9, 2011 on the Case of Verification of the Constitutionality of Provisions of Item 7 of Article 16 of the Law of the Russian Federation on the Status of Judges in the Russian Federation and Part 1 of 9 of the Federal Law on Operative Investigation in Connection with the Complaint of Citizen I.V. Anosov

The decision is dedicated to the admissibility of investigative measures in respect of district court judges when they are not accused or no criminal action concerning judges has been brought but such measures restrict their civil rights or immunity. Permission to take the measures may be given by a panel of three judges of a higher court of a certain level in the procedure defined in that decision by the Constitutional Court which deems the rules may be further updated by the federal legislator.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 342n of April 26, 2011 on Endorsing the Procedure for an Appraisal of Working Places in Terms of Working Conditions

New detailed rules are provided for an assessment of working places, effective from September 1, 2011. As before, it is to be carried out at least once in five years to see if employees' working conditions comply with hygienic and safety-on-the-job standards. A report will be drawn up for each working place, sent to a state inspectorate, and the employee must read it.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 44n of April 19, 2011 on Endorsing the Procedure for Keeping a State Register of Self-Regulating Organisations of Credit Consumer Cooperatives

Rules for keeping such state register are provided. An organisation willing to register or amend an entry in the register is to apply to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. The information contained in the register is open for the public and governmental bodies and is available in the internet free of charge.

Letter of the Bank of Russia No. 87-T of June 14, 2011 on the Methodological Recommendations on the Provision and Disclosure of Information on Long-Term Assets (or Disposal Groups) Intended for Sale or Distribution when Credit Organisations Draw up Financial Statements in Accordance with the International Accounting Standards

Explains how information is to be disclosed in a credit organisation's accounting statements and how long-term assets (or disposal groups held for sale or distribution to owners) are to be classified, appraised and re-classified. The basic financial statements are described. The letter is applicable from the date of publication in Vestnik Banka Rossii.

Federal Law No. 141-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending the Code of Mercantile Navigation of the Russian Federation

Mostly these amendments concern changes in the structure and powers of federal executive governmental bodies and eliminate the drawbacks that had revealed themselves in practical application. Responsibility for supervising the observance of international agreements and the Russian legislation on mercantile navigation is now vested in the federal executive governmental body in charge of control and supervision in the area of transport. Also the body will deal with investigating accidents at sea according to regulations. The federal executive governmental body in charge of fishing will supervise mercantile navigation inasmuch as it concerns the safety of fishing fleet vessels when they navigate in fishing areas. Navigation and hydrographical support in respect of sea routes falls within the area of responsibility of the body in charge of national defence, except for Northern sea routes and the areas of sea ports and approaches thereto which will be within the jurisdiction of the federal executive governmental body responsible for the provision of state services and management of state property in the area of sea transport. According to the law the captain of a vessel is to commit certain actions in respect of perpetrators of wrongdoings contravening the law and endangering the safety of sea navigation. Vessels carrying over 2,000 tons of oil in bulk will have problems if they fail to have a certificate of financial security for civil liability for oil spillage, for instance will be prohibited to call at Russian ports and leave them.

Federal Law No. 138-FZ of June 14, 2011 on Amending Article 16 of the Federal Law on Promoting Housing Construction and the Land Code of the Russian Federation

According to the amendments citizens having more than two children acquire the right to get a land plot free of charge, for example to build a house on it. The grounds and procedure for it shall be established by laws of the subjects of the Russian Federation. State cadastral record of pieces of immovable property may be kept for instance by a state budget-funded institution under the jurisdiction of the federal executive governmental body empowered to keep such record. Land plots may be transferred free of charge from state ownership into municipal on, and from the ownership of one municipal formation into the ownership of another, the purpose of that being the need to grant such land plots to citizens free of charge. Effective as of the date of official publication.

Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 662 of May 19, 2011 on Amending the List of the Goods Temporarily Imported as Fully Conditionally Exempt from Customs Duties and Taxes endorsed by Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 331 of June 18, 2010 and Amending Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 375 of September 20, 2010

Allows to temporarily import civil passenger planes featuring up to 19 passenger seats free of customs charges for up to 30 days (180 days over the calendar year). Also some aspects of customs procedure application are modified.

Letter of the Federal Service for Supervision over Protection of Consumers' Rights and Human Wellbeing No. 01/7310-1-32 of June 15, 2011 on the Requirements Applicable to Organising the Provision of Meals for Children in Summer Health-Rehabilitation Institutions

Stricter sanitary and hygienic rules are introduced in children's camps, for instance certain foodstuffs and meals listed in detail in the letter are prohibited to be on the menu.

Federal Law No. 145-FZ of June 17, 2011 on Amending the Law of the Russian Federation on Education

Concerns supplementary general-education curricula in the field of the arts and children's schools of the arts. The aim is to find gifted children and prepare them for enrolling in specialised educational institutions

Federal Law No. 144-FZ of June 16, 2011 on Amending the Law of the Russian Federation on Education and the Federal Law on Higher and Post-Graduate Professional Education

Introduces the assistant probation as a form of two-year post-graduate education for creative performers in the area of culture and the arts. Federal executive governmental bodies are designated as responsible for setting federal state standards governing the structure of basic curricula for post-graduate studies in the various areas including culture and public-health.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 465 of June 14, 2011 on Establishing the Living Wage on a Per-Capita Basis and for the Main Socio-Demographic Groups of the Population for the Russian Federation as a Whole for Quarter I of the Year 2011

For Quarter I of 2011 the living wage for Russia as a whole has grown by more than 500 roubles as compared with the preceding period, to reach 6,473 roubles for capable persons and 5,122 roubles for retirees. In Russia it is used to assess the standard of living and to set the minimum wage, stipends, benefits and other social allowances.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 181 of April 18, 2011 on Endorsing the Form of an Agreement for Provision of Subsidies out of the Federal Budget for the Budgets of Subjects of the Russian Federation for the Purpose of Developing Housing Construction in the Subjects of the Russian Federation within the Framework of the Subprogramme "Provision of Incentives for Programmes of Development of Housing Construction of Subjects of the Russian Federation " of the Federal Target Programme "Dwelling" for the Years 2011-2015

Within the framework of aforesaid programme regions are eligible for subsidies. To receive them they have to conclude an agreement with the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, the form of the agreement being provided by this order.

Federal Law No. 146-FZ of June 17, 2011 on Amending Articles 348.2 and 348.11 of the Labour Code of the Russian Federation

Concerns the use of doping by sportsmen. A sportsman's labour contract is to include his undertaking to observe international and domestic anti-doping rules and provide information on his whereabouts for testing purposes. A contract concluded with a coach must include his undertaking to take measures for preventing a breach of said rules by sportsmen. Employers have the duty to make sure sportsmen and coaches know said rules. From now on, the labour contract may be rescinded for a breach of said rules rather than for the use of prohibited substances or methods revealed by tests. The fact that the breach has taken place must be recognised by a relevant anti-doping organisation.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 347n of April 26, 2011 on Endorsing the Form of a Sick Leave Certificate

A new sick leave certificate form is introduced, effective from July 1, 2011, allowing the accrual of a sickness benefit according to new rules (on the basis of the average wage for two calendar years).

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 02-03-06/2736 of June 20, 2011

From January 1, 2012 the proceeds from the provision of services by federal state institutions for payment, the use of federal property and from other activities will be entered in the federal budget. When budget appropriations for them are being determined account may be taken of the expenses towards their provision of services for payment.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ED-4-3/9530@ of June 16, 2011 on the Data Required for Computing the Mining Tax on Oil for the Month of May of 2011

The letter explains how the rate of the mining tax on oil is to be calculated for the month of May of 2011 depending on the variation in the world oil prices and the degree of depletion of a specific oilfield tract.

Federal Law No. 147-FZ of June 21, 2011 on Amending Article 217 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Article 4 of the Federal Law on the Personal Subsidiary Farm

The law grants exemption from the personal income tax to funds allocated from budgets for the purpose of developing personal subsidiary farms and to proceeds from the sale of their animal and plant products, subject to certain conditions including for instance the size of the land plot.

Resolution of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. GKPI11-617 of June 6, 2011

Permits businesses and institutions to issue powers of attorney for receiving goods and valuables including cash to persons other than their own employees.

Direction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation No. 2638-U of May 17, 2011 on Amending the Instructions of the Bank of Russia No. 135-I of April 2, 2010 on the Procedure for the Bank of Russia to Take a Decision on the State Registration of Credit Organisations and the Issuance of Banking Transaction Licences

Modifies the procedures governing the registration and operation of banks. For instance, now banks may get separate licences to carry out transactions in legal entities' funds without being entitled to provide cash services to clients. A list of the documents required for the state registration of lending institutions and the issuance of banking transaction licences is updated. If a territorial institution of the Central Bank refuses to register a bank and issue a licence thereto it will send the documents to the central staff of the Bank of Russia rather than returning them to the applicant.

Direction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation No. 2634-U of May 13, 2011 on Amending Annex 4 to the Regulations of the Bank of Russia No. 2-P of October 3, 2002 on Nonash Settlements of Accounts in the Russian Federation

Modifies the form of payment instructions used in noncash settlements of accounts to bring it in line with recommendations of the international Financial Action Task Force.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation of 22 June 2011 . No. 494 on Endorsing the Rates of Export Customs Duties on Crude Oil and Certain Categories of Petroleum Products Exported to Destinations outside of the Territories of the Russian Federation and of the States Being Party to the Agreements on the Customs Union

Export duties on crude oil and petroleum products are reduced, effective as of July 1, 2011, for instance for oil from $462.1 to $445,1 per ton. Duty on light and medium distillates, gas oil, benzene, toluene and xylene fall to $298.2 per ton. The rate for propane, butane, ethylene, propylene, butylene and butadiene and other liquefied gases is set at $172,9 per ton (earlier it was $189.8). The rate is reduced from $215.8 to $207.8 for exported liquid fuels, oils, used petroleum products, petrolatum, mineral wax and some other products. For oil with density at 20 from 694.7 to 887.6 kg/cu. m and sulphur from 0.04 to 1,5 the rate is reduced from $217.5 to $205,8 per ton, except for the oil produced in Vankor, Verkhnaya Chona and Talakan Oil and Gas Condensate fields. The decision enters into force as of July 1, 2011.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 485 of June 20, 2011 on Endorsing the Regulations on the State System Intended to Monitor the Drug Situation in the Russian Federation

A procedure is defined for using the various sources of information to keep watch on narcotics on the federal and regional levels including monitoring transactions involving drugs and their precursors and fighting the illegal traffic involving them. Non-medical consumption of drugs, medical treatment and rehabilitation of addicts will be controlled. The objective is to assess the prevailing situation in Russia, the scope of drug traffic and consumption, threats to national security and the effectiveness of anti-drug policies. A comprehensive databank on drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors will be kept on national and regional levels.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 480 of June 20, 2011 on Amending and Deeming No Longer Effective Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Adoption of the Federal Law on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Transfer of the Powers to Exercise Some Kinds of State Control to the Customs Bodies of the Russia Federation

The decision is relating to Federal Law No. 394-FZ of December 28, 2010. Customs bodies are to exercise transport, veterinary and phytosanitary control at the state border and are entitled to take decisions on clearance of vehicles and products for being brought into Russia or taken out of this country or sent to special check-points for being inspected by officials of the Federal Service for Supervision over Protection of Consumers' Rights and Human Wellbeing and the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision. The formerly effective rules concerning the documents submitted to customs bodies at check-points have been superseded. The decision comes into force as of the effective date of the aforesaid law.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 476 of June 20, 2011 on Amending and Deeming No Longer Effective Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on Conferring Academic Ranks

The procedure for conferring academic ranks is modified in line with changes in the legislation. Earlier certain academic ranks, like professor, used to be conferred by the Federal Service for Supervision over Education and Science, and by the Higher Qualification Certification Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science. Now it is the prerogative of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on a statement issued by the Higher Qualification Certification Commission. Earlier the Federal Service for Supervision over Education and Science could grant the right to conduct a final expert examination of appraisal documents for seekers of ranks to the academic boards of some higher educational and qualification upgrade institutions. This norm is no longer effective.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 474 of June 20, 2011 on Endorsing the Regulations on the Higher Qualification Certification Commission under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

Defines the powers of the Higher Qualification Certification Commission to support the state appraisal of scientific and teaching staff by means of submitting statements to the Ministry on matters like the conferring of academic ranks and the equivalency of foreign countries' certificates of scientific degrees and academic ranks as well as issuing recommendations concerning examinations etc. The members of the commission are to be doctors of sciences and specialists in sciences, technology, education and culture confirmed by the Government of the Russian Federation for a five-year term.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1021-r of June 10, 2011

A Concept of Reducing Administrative Barriers and Improving Access to Municipal and State Services for the Years 2011-2013 is provided as well as a plan for implementing it. Complex services rather than separate ones will be provided to the public for such cases as the birth of a child, the purchase of immovable property, the opening of a business et. The various types of registration (residence, military, cadastral, taxation), the provision of pensions and benefits, the issuance of driving licences etc. will be optimised. 1500 multi-functional centres will be set up to provide services to the public. A uniform list of the types of activity subject to licensing and a procedure for the licensing thereof will be established.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 203 of April 29, 2011 on Endorsing the Procedure for Supervising the Activities of Self-Regulating Organisations of Appraisers

A procedure is provided for the Federal Service on State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) to monitor the activities of self-regulating organisations of appraisers to check if they observe the Russian legislation -- by means of inspections and verification of documents.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 497 of June 23, 2011 on Amending the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Gas-Distribution and Gas-Consumption Networks

Tightens the fire-safety rules concerning the construction and arrangement of gas networks.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 481 of June 20, 2011 on Setting the Rates of Official Salaries of the Personnel of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, for Instance of the Military Investigation Bodies of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, Whose Jobs Require Special (Military) Ranks

The rates of salary are set for the various categories of personnel of the Investigation Committee as percentage of the salary of First Deputy Chairman thereof. Amendment is made to the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation setting the rates of salary of the personnel of the procurator's office of the Russian Federation as percentage of the salary of First Deputy Procurator General of the Russian Federation.

Order of the Federal Financial Markets Service No. 11-23/pz-n of May 24, 2011 on Endorsing the Standard Rates of Sufficiency of the Owner's Equity of Professional Participants in the Securities Market and Also of the Managing Companies of Investment Companies, Unit Investment Trusts and Non-State Pension Funds

Effective July 1, 2011, the standard rates of owner's equity will be raised only for the companies managing investment or non-state pension funds to reach 80,000,000 roubles (60,000,000 at present). Similar rate is set for the specialised depositaries of said funds. The increase in the standard rates planned for the rest of the professional participants in the securities market has been cancelled. For clearing organisations the minimum rate of 80,000,000 roubles is set as applicable until January 1, 2012. Professional participants in the securities market may reduce the rate if they insure liability or if a self-regulating organisation is asking for it. The order comes into force as of July 1, 2011. It does not extend to lending organisations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 498 of June 23, 2011 on Some Issues of Pursuance of Private Detective (Investigation) and Private Security Activities

Sets out rules for licensing private detective (investigation) and security activities and carrying out such activities, both institutions and individual entrepreneurs. A list of the types of technical security facilities used to protects installations and property is confirmed as well as a list of licence terms and conditions for each type of security services. A private detective may either provide investigative services under a contract with each client or gather information concerning a criminal case on an order of parties to litigation. For the latter, the licensee is to notify in writing an inquirer, investigator or the court within 24 hours. The Government's decision endorsing the Regulations on Licensing Non-State (Private) Security and Investigation Activity is superseded.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 475 of June 20, 2011 on Amending Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 74 of January 30, 2002

Modifies the procedure for conferring scientific degrees on scientists and teaching staff. It is defined that certificates issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation are recognised as well as other documents for the purposes of conferring such degrees. New regulations on the procedure for conferring scientific degrees is adopted. For instance, the Degree of Doctor of Science is awarded by a board for defence of the theses of seekers of Degree of Candidate (Doctor) of Science. For that purpose a seeker is to publicly defend his thesis and is supposed to hold Degree of Candidate of Science. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation will issue a certificate of doctor of science on the basis of a decision of the aforesaid board and a positive statement of the Higher Qualification Certification Board under the Ministry. A person may be deprived of his degree by the Ministry or the board for defence of theses.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 1070 of May 27, 2011 on Endorsing the Regulations on Carrying out Customs Transactions and Customs Control in Respect of Aircraft and the Goods Carries by Them

Provides a new procedure for customs control in respect of aircraft and goods they carry due to the adoption of the new Law on Customs Regulation. A carrier has the duty of notifying a customs body of the arrival of an aircraft in the territory of the Customs Union by means of providing certain documents and information, for instance documents acknowledging that bans and restrictions have been observed, save non-tariff regulation measures. Information may be provided before the actual arrival. When goods are leaving a document allowing their exportation must be filed. The documents may be filed by a customs representative or other persons on his instructions. If the customs body has no information about such person the captain of the aircraft or the crew member having relevant powers will be treated as such person. Goods prohibited for import must be immediately taken out of the territory by the carrier or their owner. Another procedure may be envisaged by the legislation or international contracts of the member states of the Customs Union. Otherwise, the goods will be apprehended and placed in a temporary storage warehouse deemed a customs control zone. The order enters into force upon the expiry of 30 days after being officially published. The provisions concerning the electronic filing of documents are effective from January 1, 2012.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 976 of May 12, 2011 on the Form of a Declaration to a Customs Body of Updated Information about the Goods Declared in a Periodical Customs Declaration

Provides forms whereby information on the goods declared in a periodical customs declaration can be updated, i.e. KDT1 and KDT2 deemed an integral part of the customs declaration. Order of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation No. 2407 of December 13, 2010 previously defining the manner in which such information could be updated is superseded. The order enters into force upon the expiry of 30 days after being officially published.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 492 of June 20, 2011 on the Federal Goal-Oriented Programme "The Russian Language" for the Years 2011 - 2015

A programme aimed at supporting, preserving and propagating the Russian Language, for instance among compatriots residing abroad, is confirmed. It envisages the elaboration and publication of dictionaries, grammar books, manuals etc., the preparation of materials and recommendations for fostering cultural and professional relations with compatriots in foreign countries, the re-training and upgrading of teachers etc. The total sum of funds for the programme is 2,526.66 million roubles, including 2,179.1 million roubles from the federal budget and 142.16 million roubles from regional budgets. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for Affairs of the CIS and Humanitarian Cooperation are responsible for implementation of the programme.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 386 of May 17, 2011 on Amending the Instructions on the Procedure for Internal Affairs Bodies of the Russian Federation to Accept, Register and Resolve Applications, Messages and Other Information Concerning Incidents endorsed by Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 333 of May 4, 2010

Amends the instructions for handling applications and information concerning incidents, in line with the Law on Police.

The Budget Address of President of the Russian Federation D.A.Medvedev of June 29, 2011 on the Budget Policy in the Years 2012-2014

The President of Russia has presented his budget address for 2012-2014. It comprises the results of the 2010 and 2011 budget policy, main challenges and sets out goals and objectives for the next three years. The federal budget for 2012 and the planned period of 2013-2014 will ensure a self-sustained post-crisis development, modernisation of the economy and enhance the level and quality of life of citizens, national defence and security and the effectiveness and transparency of state governance. The dependence of the budget on market volatility and the budget deficit are to be reduced. The measures proposed include the introduction of programme budgets on all levels of government from 2012, a cardinal reconstruction of the state purchases system, the privatisation of large parcels of shares in key state-controlled companies (save infrastructure companies and those affecting national security). In the tax field consolidated statements for the purposes of the profit tax are going to be used and the preparation for the introduction of local tax on immovable property will be completed. For 2012-2013 the rates of insurance contributions to state non-budget funds will be cut from 34% to 30%, and for small businesses and those using a simplified taxation procedure to 20%. Also taxation mechanisms for oil and gas as well as tobacco and spirits shall be improved, and the uniform tax on imputed income will be replaced with a licence system. The necessary financing must be provided for all existing undertakings, like the reform of allowance of money for military servicemen, internal affairs personnel etc., the rising of pensions and social benefits and the upgrading of the public health and education systems. Special attention is paid to the provision of incentives for Russia's innovation development. Decentralisation is envisaged for the area of inter-budget relations, for instance through the use of state programmes.

Federal Law No. 168-FZ of June 28, 2011 on Amending Articles 64.1 and 77 of the Federal Law on Mortgage (Mortgage of Immovable Property) and the Federal Law on the Savings-Mortgage System for the Provision of Dwellings to Military Servicemen

Laws concerning the mortgage and savings-mortgage system for the provision of dwellings to military servicemen are modified. The list of the persons eligible for taking part in the system is broadened.

Federal Law No. 167-FZ of June 28, 2011 on Amending Article 24 of the Federal Law on the Duty to Undergo Military Service and on Military Service

School leavers are given an opportunity to try to enrol in a secondary vocational or higher educational institution before they are drafted in the autumn. The list of the categories of citizens entitled to draft deferment is expanded.

Federal Law No. 166-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Azerbaijan Republic on the State Border

Said agreement has been ratified. It defines the border based on the administrative boundary between the two entities as of the time of dissolution of the USSR. A description and a map of the border are provided as part of the agreement. A joint commission is formed for the purpose of demarcation of the border on the terrain. The relations associated with the operation of the infrastructure facilities crossed by the border or coinciding with it as well as biological resource conservation, water-use and environmental protection are regulated by separate agreements

Federal Law No. 165-FZ June 27, 2011 on the Ratification of Protocol No. 5 between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia on Amending the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia on the Russian Military Base on the Territory of the Republic of Armenia of March 16, 1995

Ratifies Protocol No. 5 concerning the Russian military base in Armenia deemed a guarantor of its security. Russia will provide assistance to Armenia in terms of delivering up-to-date and compatible armaments and materiel. The effective term of the agreement is extended from 25 to 49 years with automatic extension every five years, unless a party thereto announces its intent to terminate it.

Federal Law No. 164-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Said convention signed by Russia on May 22, 2002 is ratified. It fosters switch to technologies minimising or precluding the deliberate manufacture of such pollutants and assists in liquidation of stockpiled materials, waste and equipment containing such substances, imposition of a ban on the production thereof and search for safe substitutes. The convention provides a non-exhaustive list of persistent organic pollutants and regulates the handling of such substances. The ratification is done with clauses according to which any amendment will require ratification, adoption, approval or accession to become effective for Russia. In respect of any dispute concerning the construction or application of the convention Russia recognises an arbitration tribunal and also referral of the dispute to the International Court as a compulsory measure for any party having such undertaking.

Federal Law No. 163-FZ June 27, 2011 on the Ratification of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised)

Said convention, signed on January 16, 1992, is ratified. According to it all remains and items as well as any trace of the human activities of the past, like structures, groups of buildings, developed areas and the surroundings thereof on the surface or under water are deemed pieces of archaeological heritage. Each party to the convention undertakes to create a legal system conducive to protecting the heritage, preventing illegal excavations etc. and to provide funding for archaeological exploration.

Federal Law No. 162-FZ of June 27, 2011 on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Adoption of the Federal Law on the National Payment System

For instance, the minimum of 18 million roubles of charter capital is set for a newly registered non-banking lending institution that seeks a licence to remit money without opening a bank account. Organisations and individual entrepreneurs have the duty to inform tax bodies of the occurrence or termination of the right of using corporate electronic payment facilities for money remittance. A procedure is provided for collecting compulsory charges at the expense of electronic money on instructions of a tax body sent to the bank. Amendments to the Law on the Insolvency (Bankruptcy) of Credit Organisations prohibit the deeming as invalid transactions of a participant in, or of a settlement centre of, the payment system or of a central clearing counterparty. Amendments to the Law on Countering the Legalisation of Incomes Received through Crime (Money Laundering) make it possible not to identify natural persons when money is remitted without the opening of a bank account, provided the sum does not exceed 15,000 roubles. Amendments to the Law on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation establish the powers of that bank in respect of the national payment system.

Federal Law No. 161-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the National Payment System

Establishes a legal and organisational foundation for a national payment system and an operating procedure for the operation of payment system agents as well as provisions governing the organisation and operation of payment systems and supervision in this field. The law defines the roles of money remittance operators (the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, lending institutions and Vneshekonombank), bank payment agents (subagents), federal postal communication organisations, payment agents, payment system operators, and clearing centres and settlement centres. Rules are provided for electronic money remittance. Individuals are permitted to use non-personified electronic payment facilities, i.e. no client identification will be carried out as required by the law on countering money laundering, unless the balance at any time exceeds 15,000 roubles and the monthly sum total of remittance exceeds 40,000 roubles. For personified and also corporate electronic payment facilities the balance at any time shall not exceed 100,000 roubles. An organisation willing to become a payment system operator should seek a registration certificate from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, having filed relevant documents. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation is responsible for supervision and monitoring in the national payment system. The law enters into force upon the expiry of 90 days after its official publication, save the provisions having other effective dates.

Federal Law No. 160-FZ of June 27, 2011 on Amending the Law of the Russian Federation on Education

Defines the legal status of integrated curricula for secondary vocational education in the field of the arts. Both general (basic or full) and secondary vocational education are provided within the framework of such curricula. Enrolment for said curricula is allowed to persons having primary general education background who have passed a creative selection conducted in the procedure established by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation by agreement with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 159-FZ of June 27 2011 on Amending Articles 73 and 81 of the Criminal Execution Code of the Russian Federation

Generally, convicts serve sentences in a penitentiary institution within the region where they have resided or have been convicted. However, the law establishes a list of the crimes for which convicts are sent to locations designated by the federal body in charge of the criminal penitentiary system -- participation in an illegal armed formation, the organisation of an extremist community and the activity of an extremist organisation. Grounds are provided for relocating a prisoner from one penitentiary institution to another, including diseases, personal safety etc.

Federal Law No. 158-FZ of June 27, 2011 on Amending Article 18.1 of the Federal Law on the State Corporation "Rostekhnologii"

The term for transferring the property contribution of the Russian Federation to Rostekhnologii is extended. The contribution is made up of the federally-owned shares of the public joint-stock companies formed as the result of transformation and privatisation of federal state unitary enterprises. All in all 442 organisations would have been reformed by 2012. However, certain problems have occurred, like the lack of the necessary technical documentation and right-establishing documents for assets etc. Accordingly, the term for resolving the problems is extended until March 31, 2013.

Federal Law No. 157-FZ of June 27, 2011 on Amending Article 26.13 of the Federal Law on the General Principles of Organisation of Legislative (Representative) and Executive Governmental Bodies of the Subjects of the Russian Federation

These amendments bring that federal law in line with the Budget Code of the Russian Federation. Before that, a public hearing was to be held in respect of a draft regional budget and a report on the implementation thereof. Since the code does not include the notion "draft annual report on the implementation of a budget" the legislative (representative) bodies of the region will consider and confirm the report proper. So, the subject matter of a public hearing will be a draft regional budget and a report -- rather than a draft report -- on the implementation of a budget.

Federal Law No. 156-FZ of June 27, 2011 on Amending the Federal Law on State Fingerprint Registration in the Russian Federation and Article 6 of the Federal Law on Departmental Security Guards in Respect of Issues of Compulsory State Fingerprint Registration

Now, more categories of individuals are subject to compulsory fingerprinting. They include the departmental security personnel and the staff of certain legal entities who record, store, carry and use weapons. Fingerprinting in respect of them will be done by internal affairs bodies and such data will be preserved until these persons reach 80 years of age.

Federal Law No. 155-FZ of June 27, 2011 on Amending Article 37 of the Federal Law on the State Civil Service in the Russian Federation

Provides a new ground for dismissing a state employee on the employer's initiative -- absence for over four months in a row due to temporary disability, including maternity. For some diseases the legislation may set a longer term of retaining a job. A state employee will not be dismissed if his disability is due to an on-the-job injury or occupational disease.

Federal Law No. 154-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Formation and Abolition of Some District (City) Courts of Murmansk Region

Certain small-staff courts have been abolished and larger ones have been created in their place.

Federal Law No. 153-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Denunciation of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage

Said convention of 1969 to which the USSR acceded in 1990 has been denounced by Russia. The reason for it is that on January 16, 1992 the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised) was signed in Valletta. Simultaneously with the ratification thereof the 1969 convention is to be denounced.

Federal Law No. 152-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Uniform Principles and Rules of Technical Regulation in the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation

Said agreement has been ratified. It envisages that a uniform list of the products subject to compulsory Customs Union requirements is to be prepared. Technical regulations of the Customs Union as documents having direct effect on the territory of the Customs Union will be elaborated only for the products included in the list. Similar documents issued by the Eurasian Economic Community will prevail over the technical regulations of the Customs Union. Given the conformity of a product with technical regulations, the product will be allowed by the member states to circulate on their territories without additional requirements or conformity procedures.

Federal Law No. 151-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Abolition of Some District Courts of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug

Due to their small size come courts are abolished since criminal cases on grave and especially grave crimes are to be heard by a panel of three judges and such courts were unable to meet that requirement.

Federal Law No. 150-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Abolition of Novoderevenskiy District Court of Ryazan Region

A small-sized court is abolished since it could not meet the requirements set out in the legislation.

Federal Law No. 149-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Abolition of Kurumkanskiy District Court of the Republic of Buryatia

A small-sized court is abolished since it could not meet the requirements set out in the legislation.

Federal Law No. 148-FZ of June 27, 2011 on the Abolition of Some District Courts of the Republic of Kalmykia

Three district courts have been abolished and the matters within their jurisdiction referred to the jurisdiction of other district courts.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 175 of April 18, 2011 on Endorsing the Methodology of an Assessment of the Financial State of a Person Concerned Aimed at Finding Signs of the Person's Insolvency (Bankruptcy) when That Person Pays a Tax on One-off Basis

The order deals with cases when a deferment or an instalment repayment schedule is granted to a person/entity for the payment of a tax. A ground for it is a threat of insolvency (bankruptcy) due to one-off payment of the tax. A methodology is provided for a tax body to asses the financial state of the person/entity -- based on financial statements and information published in accordance with the legislation on insolvency (bankruptcy) etc.

Decision of the Plenary Meeting of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 11 of June 28, 2011 on Judicial Practices in Criminal Cases of Extremist Crimes

Recommendations are provided for hearing cases of extremist crimes. Motive is the first thing to be proven in such cases. Once it is proven, a crime against life and health cannot qualify as having another motive or purpose. Crimes committed due to political, ideological, race, ethnical or religious hatred or animosity ought to be separated from those based on personal inimical relations. The meaning of "public calls for extremist acts" and of "actions aimed at inciting hatred or animosity" is explained and it is stated that they are punishable under criminal law if take place in public or in the mass media. It is reminded that according to international agreements criticisms in the mass media in respect of officials including professional politicians, their actions and convictions per se are not to be deemed in all cases as aimed at denigrating human dignity and therefore inciting hatred or animosity.

Decision of the Plenary Meeting of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 10 of June 28, 2011 on Endorsing the Procedure Rules of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

The structure of the Supreme Court is modified. It includes the Plenary Meeting, Presidium, College of Appeals, Judicial Colleges for Administrative, Civil and Criminal Cases and Military College. For instance, the College of Appeals includes its chairman and members being judges of the Supreme Court. They are endorsed by the Federation Council on a proposal of the President of the Russian Federation based on a representation by Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, given a positive statement of the Higher Qualification College of Judges of the Russian Federation. As an appellate court it hears the civil and administrative cases in respect of which decisions have been issued by Judicial Colleges for Civil and Administrative Cases and the Military College of the Supreme Court as first instance courts. Until January 1, 2012 the functions of the College of Appeals shall be carried out by the Cassation College of the Supreme Court.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/368@ of June 14, 2011 on Amending Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/515@ of October 25, 2010 on Endorsing the Procedure for a Bank to Notify a Tax Body That a Banker's Guarantee Has Been Issued

Effective July 1, 2011, advance payment is introduced for the excise tax on alcohol products and alcohol-containing products. Instead of advance payment producers may present a banker's guarantee to the tax body of registration. The bank must notify that tax body about the issuance of the guarantee on the next day.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/367@ of June 14, 2011 on Endorsing the Forms of, and the Formats of Presentation of, a Notice of Advance Payment of the Excise Tax on Alcohol Products and/or Alcohol-Containing Products and a Notice of Exemption from the Duty to Make Advance Payment of the Excise Tax on Alcohol Products and/or Alcohol-Containing Products

It is explained how notices of advance payment of said excise tax are to be filed and how the producers of alcohol and alcohol-containing products may provide a banker's guarantee and a relevant notice is filed with a tax body. The order enters into force as of July 1, 2011.

Federal Law No. 170-FZ of July 1, 2011 on the Technical Inspection of Motor Vehicles and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Introduces a new system of technical inspection of motor vehicles.

Federal Law No. 169-FZ of July 1, 2011 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

From July 1, 2001, bodies of state power cannot demand from the applicant documents and infromation of other agencies when rendering state and municipal services. They must request them themselves.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 501 of June 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of State Veterinary Enforcement in the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

What is necessary to move a dog or cat across the customs border.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 502 of June 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of State Quarantine Phytosanitary Control in the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedures for the pertinent goods.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 500 of June 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Sanitary and Quarantine Control in the Points of Transfer through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 48n of April 20, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 58n of June 22, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Tax Paid in the Cases of Application of the Simplified System of Taxation and Its Filling Procedure

The declaration used in the cases of simplified system of taxation is being brought in compliance with the legislation.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 11-19/pz-n of May 12, 2011 on the Cases of Non-Application of Restrictions for Conclusion of Loan Contracts and Credits Contracts at the Expense of Assets of Investment Funds of Which the Stocks and Investment Shares Are Intended for Skilled Investors

Specifies the cases when the trust manager of the assets of the joint-stock or shared-investment fund may take a loan (credit).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 524 of June 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Revocation of Legal Acts of the Bodies of Executive Power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation Implementing Delegated Powers of the Russian Federation in the Area of Forestry Relations

Specifies the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 71n of June 17, 2011 on the Amendments to the Orders of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 146n of November 14, 2006 and No. 142n of December 20, 2007

Invalidates the norms having endorsed the form of the tax declaration for excise duty taxes for excisable goods (other than tobacco items) and its filling procedure.

Order of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 107 of May 30, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Particulars of Filling of the Estimate of 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 (Form 4 FSS)

A pilot project is implemented in 2011-2013 in the Karachayevo-Cherkess Republic and the Nizhny Novgorod Province.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 880 of July 1, 2011 on the Abrogation of Coordinated Types of Control at the State Border of the Russian Federation with the Republic of Belarus an the Republic of Kazakhstan

From July 1, the customs, transport, sanitary, veterinary control is moved from the Russia-Belarus and Russia-Kazakhstan borders to the outer border of the Customs Union.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/369@ of June 14, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format of the Tax Declaration for Excise Duty Taxes for Excisable Goods Other Than Tobacco Items, Its Filling Procedure (Not Entered into Force)

Endorses the above tax declaration.

Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 129 of May 18, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Registration Certificate for a Medicine of Veterinary Application

Endorses the above from.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 816 of June 21, 2011 on the Procedure for Inclusion of Industrial Products in the Products with a High Degree of Processing

A new procedure of inclusion of exported goods in the products with a high degree of processing to compensate credit interest.

Letter of the Federal Service of Enforcement in the Area of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being No. 01/8398-1-32 of July 6, 2011 on the Prohibition of the Import and Circulation of Vegetables and Seeds Produced in Egypt

Suspends the import and circulation of some vegetables and seeds from Egypt because of infection.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 899 of July 7, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Priority Directions of Development of Science, Technologies and Engineering in the Russian Federation and the List of Critical Technologies of the Russian Federation

The President of the Russian Federation has defined eight priority directions of development of science, technologies and engineering.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 1176 of June 2, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Customs Slip and the Instruction on the Procedure of Use of the Customs Slip

Endorses a new such form.

Order of the Federal Service of Financial Monitoring No. 59 of February 17, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Requirements to Identification of Clients and Beneficiaries, Including Those Taking Account of the Client Risk of Carrying out Operations for the Purpose of Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism

Specifies how to identify clients for the purpose of combating of laundering of criminal incomes.

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