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Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1092 of December 22, 2011 on the Procedure for Submission to the Registration Body by Other State Bodies of Information in the Electronic Form Necessary for the State Registration of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs, As Well As for Keeping the Joint State Registers of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs

Specifies the procedure for information interaction of tax bodies with other agencies.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1081 of December 22, 2011 on the Licensing of Pharmacy Activities

Endorses a new such regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1132 of December 26, 2011 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Submission of Notifications of the Starting of Individual Types of Entrepreneurial Activities

The list of works and services requiring submission of the notification has been extended.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1130 of December 26, 2011 on the Licensing of Activities of Organisation and Carrying out of the Games of Chance in Bookmaker Offices and Sweepstakes

Specifies a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1083 of December 22, 2011 on the Procedure of Financial Support in 2012 of Preventive Measures to Reduce Industrial Injuries and Occupational Diseases of Employees and Sanatorium and Resort Treatment of Employees Engaged in Works with Adverse and/or Hazardous Industrial Factors

Specifies the procedure for interaction of the Social Insurance Fund and the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1230 of December 30, 2011 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 786 of December 21, 2005

Introduces a special type of excise duty stamps for imported alcoholic items up to 9% strong.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1186 of December 28, 2011 on the Suspension of Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 307 of April 7, 2009 and No. 86 of February 24, 2010

Shifts until January 1, 2014 the entry into force of the technical regulations on the safety of products for children and equipment for work in explosive environments.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1139 of December 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 Agreements

Reduces the above rates from January 1, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1129 of December 26, 2011 on the Forming, Placing and Spending of the Reserve for Obligatory Social Insurance Against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases for 2012 and for the Planned Period of 2013 and 2014

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1085 of December 22, 2011 on the Licensing of Activities of Collection of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors, Cultivation of Narcotic-Containing Plants

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1080 of December 21, 2011 on the Investing of the Temporarily Available Resources of the State Corporation, State Company

Specifies the above rules.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1079 of December 21, 2011 on the Calculation of the Demand for Special Federal Stamps and on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 785 of December 21, 2005

Specifies the procedure for calculation of the demand of the organisation producing alcoholic items for the special stamps.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. YeD-4-3/22628@ of December 30, 2011 on the Application of the Uniform Imputed-Income Tax in the Cases of Sale of Goods to State-Run Institutions, As Well As for the State or Municipal Needs

The above tax may be applied in the cases of retail trade.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1184 of December 28, 2011 on the Measures to Transfer Federal Bodies of Executive Power and Bodies of State Extra-Budgetary Funds to Interagency Information Interaction in the Electronic Form (Not Yet Entered into Force)

Specifies the above rules.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 81 of December 22, 2011 on Certain Issues of Application of Article 333 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation

Prepares explanations on application of the norms of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation on the reduction of forfeit by courts.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1084 of December 22, 2011 on the Coefficient of Indexing of the Amount of Monthly Insurance Payment in the Cases of Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases

The monthly payments in the cases of injury or occupational disease are increased 1.06 times from January 1, 2012.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2415-r of December 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the Orders of the Government of the Russian Federation

All state and municipal services will be provided in the electronic form by 2014, if such form is not prohibited.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1248 of December 30, 2011 on the Amendments to the Rules of Preparation by the Bodies of State Control (Supervision) and Bodies of Municipal Control of the Annual Plans of Planned Checks of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs

Changes the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 562 of December 9, 2011 on the Normative of the Cost of 1 Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space for the First Six Months of 2012 and the Average Market Cost of 1 Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space by the Subjects of the Russian Federation for the I Quarter of 2012

The normative is fixed in the amount of Rbl 31,300.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1225 of December 30, 2011 on the Licensing of Activities of Installation, Technical Maintenance and Repair of the Means of Fire Safety of Buildings and Structures

Introduces a new such procedure.

Information of the Federal Customs Service of December 27 "Information on the Products Requiring Obligatory Confirmation of Compliance When Placed under the Customs Regimes Envisaging Opportunities of Alienation or Use According to Their Destination on the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation, Indicating the Codes of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union"

Updates the above information.

Order of the Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 232 of December 19, 2011 on the Amendments to the Instruction on the Proceedings in the Regional Court

Introduces a new procedure for acceptance and processing of appeals in civil cases.

Letter of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 14-03-18/04-16256 of December 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the Procedure of Filling of the Form of Estimate Introduced by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia No. 1385n of November 22, 2011

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia changed the filling procedure of Form-4 FSS.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1239 of December 30, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Replacement of Products of Processing with Equivalent Foreign Goods in the Cases of Processing of Goods Outside the Single Customs Territory of the Customs Union, If the Processing Operations Include Paid-For Repair Works, As Well As in the Cases of Moving of Goods of the Customs Union within the EurAsEC by the Pipeline Transport

Specifies the procedure for obtaining a permission of the tax body.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1214 of December 30, 2011 on the Amendments to 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

Adjusts the above figures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1205 of December 30, 2011 on the Expert Evaluation for the Purpose of Confirmation of the Fact of Insured Case and Determination of the Amount of Damage Incurred on the Insurant under the Contract of Agricultural Insurance

Examines the cases of state support of agricultural insurance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1137 of December 26, 2011 on the Forms and Rules of Filling (Keeping) of Documents Used in the Calculation of the Value Added Tax

Endorses new forms of invoices.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 11-65/pz-n of December 6, 2011 on the Provided Information on Securities and Derivative Financial Instruments

Specifies the persons authorised to provide the above information.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1355n of November 15, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for a Non-State Pension Fund Engaged in Obligatory Pension Insurance to Notify the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Financial Markets of the Newly Concluded Contracts for Obligatory Pension Insurance

Introduces new such rules.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/790@ of November 21, 2011 on the Amendments to the Orders of the Federal Tax Service No. MM-7-6/475 of September 28, 2009 and No. MMV-7-6/362@ of June 9, 2011

Specifies the procedure for legal entities and individual entrepreneurs to report to tax bodies information on the emerged right of use of corporate electronic means of payment.

Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 901 of December 9, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Individual Types of Apple Mash, Including Stewed Fruits, and Concentrated Apple Juices

Introduces on a temporary basis the zero rate of import customs duties in the above cases.

Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 900 of December 9, 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 Butadiene and the Butylene-Butadiene Fraction

Reduces the rates of import customs duties from January 2, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1249 of December 30, 2011 on the Measures of Implementation of the Federal Law on the Federal Budget for the Year 2012 and for the Planned Period of 2013 and 2014

The state support of a number of sectors of economy is continued.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1245 of December 30, 2011 on the Amendments to the Rules of Obligatory Insurance of Civil Liabilities of Owners of Transport Vehicles

New features in the above area.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1243 of December 30, 2011 on the Amendments to the List of the Types of Goods Requiring Information on the Energy Efficiency Class in the Technical Documentation Supplied with These Goods, Their Labels

Provides a new wording of the above list.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 320 of December 19, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Filling of the Diagnostics Card

The rules of filling of the diagnostics card for vehicles after technical examination.

Order of the Federal Service for Supervision over Education and Science No. 2267 of October 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Criteria of Figures Necessary for Determination of the Type of Institution of Higher Professional Education and Secondary Professional Education (not yet entered into force)

Specifies the above figures.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 02-04-09/6082 of December 30, 2011 on the Application of the Budget Classification of Russia in 2012

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 02-04-09/6082 of December 30, 2011 on the Application of the Budget Classification of Russia in 2012

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. OA-4-13/85@ of January 12, 2012 on the Price-Forming Agreements for Taxation Purposes

Examines the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1227n of October 31, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Acceptance of the Report (Estimate) Submitted by the Persons Having Engaged on a Voluntary Basis in Relations of Obligatory Social Insurance for the Cases of Temporary Disability and Maternity (Form-4a FSS RF)

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 319 of December 14, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Outfitting Transport Vehicles in Operation with Technical Means of Control of Observance of Motion, Work and Rest Regimes by Drivers (not yet entered into force)

Certain categories of transport vehicles require installation of control devices.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation No. 298 of November 3, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Ministry of Mass Communications on the Provided State Service of State Accreditation of Organisations Engaged in Activities in the Area of Information Technologies

Specifies the procedure for obtaining state accreditation.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 293 of November 25, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Federal Aviation Rules "Organisation of Air Traffic in the Russian Federation"

Endorses the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1325n of November 7, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation on the Execution by the Federal Service for Labour and Employment of the State Function of Federal State Supervision of Observance of the Requirements for Implementation of the Rights of Employees for Support in the Cases of Obligatory Social Insurance against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases, As Well As a Procedure for Assigning, Calculation and Paying out of Temporary Disability Allowances at the Expense of Employers

The Federal Service for Labour and Employment supervises the paying out of temporary disability allowances at the expense of employers.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/355@ of January 17, 2012 on the Application of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Taxes and Fees

The uniform imputed-income tax is still preserved in 2012.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-07/1-430 of December 13, 2011 on the Measures Taken by a Taxpayer to Substantiate His Carefulness and Deliberation in the Choice of Partners, on the Taxpayer Responsibility, If His Partner Appeared to Be a Fly-by-Night Company

The taxpayer is considered to be careful, if otherwise is not proved.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1178 of December 29, 2011 on the Price Forming in the Area of Regulated Prices (Tariff Rates) in the Electric Power Supply Industry

Specifies fundaments of price forming in the above area.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 180n of December 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Directions on the Procedure for Application of the Budget Classification of the Russian Federation

Endorses the above directions.

Information of the Federal Tax Service of December 27, 2011 on the Tax Declaration for the Transport Tax for the Year 2011

Particulars of filling of the declaration for the transport tax for the year 2011.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1128n of October 3, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health and Social Development on the Execution of the State Function of Control of Application of Prices for Medicines Included in the List of Vital and Most Important Preparations

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 132n of October 17, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Federal Tax Service on the Execution of the State Function of Control and Supervision of Observance of Requirements to Cash Registers, Procedure and Terms of Their Registration and Use

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 591 of December 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Information Disclosed by Organisations Engaged in Activities of Management of Apartment Houses by Its Publication in the Internet (not yet entered into force)

Specifies the procedure for management companies to place information on their activities on the official Internet site.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1179 of December 29, 2011 on the Determination and Application by Guaranteed-Supply Companies of Non-Regulated Prices for Electric Energy (Power)

Endorses the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 123n of October 4, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation on Execution by the Federal Tax Service of the State Function of Control of Currency Operations Carried out by Residents and Non-Residents Not Being Credit Organisations or Currency Exchanges

Specifies the above procedures

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 456 of December 30, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation on Execution by Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation of the State Function of Control of Compliance of Activities of Non-Commercial Organisations with the Chartered Goals and Tasks, Branches and Representations of International Organisations, Foreign Non-Commercial Non-Governmental Organisations with Declared Goals and Tasks, As Well As of Observance of the Legislation of the Russian Federation by Them

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 133n of October 17, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation on Execution by the Federal Tax Service of the State Function of Control and Supervision of Completeness of Registration of Receipts of Monetary Resources in Organisations and with Individual Entrepreneurs

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 2895 of December 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Admission of Citizens in Institutions of Higher Professional Education

Introduces new such rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 185n of December 26, 2011 on the Determination of the Code of Raw Oil in the Cases of Application of the Tax Exemption for the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources

Specifies the code of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union applied in the cases of tax exemption.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 9 of January 26, 2012 on the Control and Supervision in the Area of Legal Protection and Use of Results of Intellectual Activities of Civil Destination Created at the Expense of the Federal Budget, As Well As Control and Supervision in the Specified Area of Activities for State Ordering Parties and Organisations Executing State Contracts Envisaging Research, Design and Technological Works

A new procedure for control of protection and use of results of intellectual activities of civil destination created at the expense of the federal budget.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 7 of January 26, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the State Control of International Road Transportation

Adjusts the above regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 3 of January 25, 2012 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

The rates for oil and oil products are reduced from February 1, 2012

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 24 of January 26, 2012 on the State Information System

Endorses the rules of creation and functioning of the state information system in the area of mass media.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 21 of January 26, 2012 on the Additional Requirements to Bookmaker Offices, Sweepstakes, Their Stakes Acceptance Points

The Government introduces requirements in addition to the law on the state regulation of games of chance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1216 of December 30, 2011 on the Licensing of Activities in the Area of Hydrometeorology and Adjacent Areas (Other Than the Mentioned Activities Carried out in the Course of Engineering Surveys for Preparation of Design Documentation, Construction, Reconstruction of Objects of Capital Construction), As Well As the Works of Active Interference in the Hydrometeorological and Geophysical Processes and Phenomena

Specifies the above procedures.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2767-U of December 28, 2011 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 203-P of November 5, 2002 on the Procedure for the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to Carry out Deposit Operations with Credit Organisations in the Currency of the Russian Federation

Adjusts the above regulation.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/928@ of December 16, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format for Submission of the Tax Declaration for the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources in the Electronic Form and Its Filling Procedure

Updates the above form.

Direction of the Central Bank of Russia No. 2763-U of December 23, 2011 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2538-U of December 13, 2010 on the Accounting Procedure for the Authorised Banks (Branches) for Individual Types of Bank Operations with Foreign Currencies in Cash and Operations with Checks (Including the Traveller's Checks) in Foreign Currencies Involving Natural Persons (not yet entered into force)

Refines the above procedure.

Federal Law No. 2-FZ of January 31, 2012 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

The amendments pertain to responsibly for violations on the sea transport.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1091n of September 29, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health and Social Development on the Execution of the State Function of Control over Pre-Clinical Testing of Medicines and Clinical Testing of Medicines for Medical Application

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1664n of December 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Nomenclature of Medical Services

Endorses the above nomenclature.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-07-15/11 of January 31, 2012 on the Application before the Beginning of the Next Tax Period of the New Forms of Documents Used for Calculation of the Value Added Tax

Both the new and the previous forms of invoices can be used before April 1.

Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 907 of November 18, 2011 on the Adjustment of the Rate of Import Customs Duty of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Carbon Electrodes

Increases the above rate for carbon electrodes more than 1000 mm in diameter (CU CN FEA code 8545 11 001 0).

Federal Law No. 3-FZ of February 1, 2012 on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions

Russia joins the above convention.

Order of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation No. 795 of December 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Form of the Qualified Key Certificate for Checking the Electronic Signature

Endorses the above requirements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 18 of January 26, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Essence, Means and Methods of Control, Its Procedure in the Cases of Transfer of People, Transport Vehicles, Cargo, Goods and Animals Across the State Border of the Russian Federation, As Well As Organisation of Its Activities

The customs, border and other types of control in the cases of international passenger transportation by railroads will be carried out while the train is in motion.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/40@ of February 1, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Format of Application for the Import of Goods and Payment of Indirect Taxes of Russian Taxpayers

Introduces a new such format.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/36@ of January 30, 2012 on the Endorsement of Formats for Submission of Documents Used When Putting Forward and Receiving Invoices in the Electronic Form over Telecommunication Channels Using Electronic Signature

Introduces the formats of documents for the above cases.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 80 of February 3, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 54 of February 1, 2006

Amends the regulation on the state construction supervision in Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 74 of February 3, 2012 on the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Non-Alloyed Nickel Imported Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

The rate is reduced from March 5, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 69 of January 31, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities of Fire Extinguishing in Residential Settlements, Industrial Objects and Objects of Infrastructure, in Forests

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 44 of January 28, 2012 on the Procedure for Members of the Government of the Russian Federation and State Civil Servants to Participate in the Higher Management Bodies of State Corporations and State Companies

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 39 of January 27, 2012 on the Suspension of Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Technical Regulation

The suspension pertains to low-voltage equipment.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 38 of January 27, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Investing of Resources of Insurance Contributions to Finance the Accumulated Part of the Labour Pension Received in the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation During the Fiscal Year

The list of assets for investing is restricted to state securities and bank deposits in roubles only.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 35 of January 27, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Recognition of International Financial Reporting Standards and Explanations of International Financial Reporting Standards for Application on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the procedure for publication of the above standards in Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 32 of January 26, 2012 on the Rules of Declaring to Customs Bodies of Individual Categories of Goods Imported to the Russian Federation from the Territories of the Member-States of the Customs Union in the Framework of EurAsEC

Specifies the above rules.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/1500@ of February 1, 2012 on the Application of Item 9 of Article 346.29 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Application of the uniform imputed-income tax in the cases of re-equipment of a shop into a warehouse.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/1495@ of February 1, 2012 on the Codes of Types of Excisable Goods for Class 4, Class 5 Automobile Gasoline and Diesel Fuel in the Cases of Filling of the Tax Declaration for Excise Duty Taxes for Excisable Goods Other Than Tobacco Items Presented for Operations Carried out from January 1, 2012

Provides explanations for the above cases.

Information of the Bank of Russia of February 3, 2012 on the Rate of Refinancing and the Interest Rates for Operations of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing remains the same.

Federal Law No. 4-FZ of February 6, 2012 on the Amendment to Article 29 of the Code of Civil Procedures of the Russian Federation

Russian sailors can lodge suits to claim earnings at the place of location of the ship or the port of registration.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets and the Bank of Russia No. 11-55/pz-n/374-P of October 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure for the Federal Service for Financial Markets and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to Carry out Joint Checks of Observance of the Requirements of the Legislation on the Combating of Illegal Use of Insider Information and Manipulation of the Market

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Pension Fund of Russia and the Social Insurance Fund No. 368p/268 of December 12, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Slip of Acceptance by the Local Administration from the Payers of Insurance Contributions Natural Persons of Monetary Resources in Payment of Insurance Contributions, Penalties and Fines Administered by the Territorial Bodies of Control of Payment of Insurance Contributions

In the absence of a bank, insurance contributions may be transferred through the cash department of the local administration.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/1657@ of February 3, 2012 on the Codes of the Types of Operations for the Value Added Tax Necessary for the Keeping of the Ledger of Received and Drawn up Invoices

The new form of the ledger of received and drawn up invoices.

Review of Individual Issues of Judicial Practices of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the Application of the Legislation on the Protection of Rights of Consumers When Processing Civil Cases (Endorsed by the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on February 1, 2012)

Examines the cases covered by the legislation on the protection of consumer rights.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 79 of February 3, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities of Technical Protection of Confidential Information (not yet entered into force)

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 75 of February 3, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Measures of Control (Supervision) of Observance of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Mass Media That Do Not Require Interaction of the Bodies in Charge of State Control (Enforcement) with the Checked (Controlled) Parties (not yet entered into force)

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 62 of January 31, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market

Extends the powers of the above service.

Review of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of December 14, 2011 "Review of Judicial Practices of Application of the Legislation Regulating Assigning and Carrying out Expert Evaluations in Civil Cases"

Examines mistakes made by courts in the above issues.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 93 of February 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of Scientific and Innovation Organisations Permitted to Invite to the Russian Federation Foreign Citizens As Research Workers and Teachers for Scientific or Teaching Activities Beyond the Permission for Attraction and Use of Foreign Workforce

Specifies the above list.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 88 of February 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for the Goods Exported from the Russian Federation Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements and on Invalidation of Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

Endorses the new rates for the above goods.

Order of the Federal Treasury No. 19n of December 27, 2011 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Treasury No. 8n of October 10, 2008 on the Procedure for Cash Services for the Execution of the Federal Budget, Budgets of Subjects of the Russian Federation and Local Budgets and the Procedure for Territorial Bodies of the Federal Treasury to Implement Individual Functions of Financial Bodies of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and Municipal Formations Executing Appropriate Budgets

Adjusts the above procedures.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 150 of February 8, 2012 on the Working Group for Preparation of Proposals to Form the Open Government System in the Russian Federation

Endorses the composition of the working group.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 146 of February 8, 2012 on the Federal Bodies of Executive Power in Charge of Information Security in Information Systems Created Using Supercomputer and Grid Technologies

The bodies in charge are the Federal Security Service and the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/985@ of December 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Tax on the Gambling Business, Its Filling Procedure, As Well As the Format for Submission of the Tax Declaration on the Gambling Business in the Electronic Form

Endorses the above form.

Letter of the Federal Service for Supervision over Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being No. 01/1075-12-23 of February 7, 2012 on the Circulation of Cheese Produced in the Ukraine

Lists producers whose produce fails to meet the requirements of the technical regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 109 of February 9, 2012 on the Powers of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment to Withdraw, Provide Land Plots and Reserve Land Plots

Extends the powers of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 101 of February 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of the Types of Imported Foreign Air Vessels and Component Parts for Them Permitting a Respite or Extension Schedule in the Payment of Taxes

Specifies the above list.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 94 of February 6, 2012 on the Amendments to the Standard of Disclosing of Information by Organisations Engaged in Activities of Management of Apartment Houses

Partnerships of owners of dwelling space must disclose information on their activities.

Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 913 of January 25, 2012 on the Seasonal Customs Duties for Individual Types of Sugar

Particulars of determination of the rate of import customs duty for certain types of sugar.

Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 912 of January 25, 2012 on the Adjustment of the Rates of Import Customs Duties of the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Rods of Hot-Rolled Non-Alloyed Steel and Rolled Shapes

Reduces the rates of import customs duties for the above items.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 893 of December 23, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms, Deadlines and Periods for Disclosing Information by Subjects of Natural Monopolies Rendering Services of Gas Transportation over Pipelines

Specifies the above information.

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 3 of February 9, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Decisions of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

Participants of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings may be informed by SMS messages.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 181 of February 13, 2012 on the Introduction of Stipends of the President of the Russian Federation for Young Scientists and Post-Graduate Students Engaged in Promising Scientific Research Projects and Projects in Priority Directions of Modernisation of the Russian Economy

Young scientists and post-graduate students (up to 35 years old) may get President's stipends.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 111 of February 9, 2012 on the Electronic Signature Used by the Bodies of Executive Power and the Bodies of Local Government in Electronic Interaction Between Themselves, on the Procedure of Its Use, As Well As the Compatibility Requirements of the Means of Electronic Signature

Use of enhanced qualified electronic signature in interagency interaction.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 108 of February 9, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of Individual Categories of Citizens That Can Be Admitted to Housing Construction Cooperatives Created to Provide Dwelling Space to Citizens under the Federal Law on the Assistance of Development of Housing Construction and the Grounds to Include the Mentioned Citizens in the Lists of Citizens Entitled to Be Admitted to Such Cooperatives

Construction of economy-class homes for employees of state-run organisations.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 16291/11 of January 27, 2012 on the Invalidation of the Letter of the Ministry of Finance of Russia

Capital investments in leased immovable property are subject to the property tax before their withdrawal under the lease contract.

Information of the Federal Tax Service of February 15, 2012

A new form of the declaration for the tax on the gambling business.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 2-P of February 9, 2012 on the Case of Constitutionality of the Provision of Part 8 of Article 325 of the Labour Code of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of Citizen I.G.Trunova

Examines guarantees for employees working in the regions of the Far North and localities of similar status.

Order of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation No. 796 of December 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Means of Electronic Signature and the Requirements to the Means of Certification Centre

Endorses the above requirements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 127 of February 14, 2012 on the Partial Changes to Item 9 of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 27 of January 26, 2010

Revises the procedure for marking of tobacco items pursuant to the adoption of the technical regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 124 of February 14, 2012 on the Rules Obligatory for Conclusion of Contracts for Supplies of Communal Resources for the Purposes of Communal Services

Specifies the requirements to be observed when concluding contacts with resource supplying organisations.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1596n of December 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Informing Free of Charge of Payers of Insurance Contributions of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Insurance Contributions and the Normative Legal Acts Adopted in Compliance with It, Procedure of Calculation and Payment of Insurance Contributions, Rights and Duties of Payers of Insurance Contributions, the Powers of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Territorial Bodies of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and Their Officials, As Well As Providing the Forms of Estimates for Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions and Explanation of Their Filling Procedure

The Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and its territorial bodies must provide information on the above issues.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 310 of December 12, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Forming, Endorsement and Publishing of the Timetable of Regular Air Transportation of Passengers and/or Cargo by Carriers Possessing Appropriate Licenses

The timetable of regular flights must be placed in the Internet.

Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 917 of January 25, 2012 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

The reduced rate will apply till the end of 2012.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/2559@ of February 16, 2012 on the Information Necessary for Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for January 2012

The rate is increased pursuant to increase of prices for oil.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 58 of February 15, 2012 on the Procedure for Collection and Return of Payment for Information from the Joint State Register of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It Provided through Access to the Information Resource Containing Information of the Joint State Register of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It, As Well As the Amount of Such Payment (not yet entered into force)

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 766 of December 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Providing Information from the Joint State Register of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It Through Access to the Information Resource Containing Information of the Joint State Register of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It (not yet entered into force)

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 373-s/2 of December 16, 2011 on the Endorsement of Tariff Rates for the Services of Local and Intraareal Telephone Communication, the Service of Transfer of Internal Telegram Provided by OAO Rostelecom

Increases the above rates from March 1, 2012.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/87@ of February 15, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Format for Submission of Accounting Reports in the Electronic Form (not yet entered into force)

Specifies the above information.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 20 of January 26, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Outfitting Vehicles in Operation, Including the Special Ones of Category M Used for Commercial Transportation of Passengers and Category N Used for Transportation of Hazardous Cargo, with GLONASS or GLONASS/GPS Satellite Navigation Equipment

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation No. 351 of December 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service for Supervision over Information Technologies and Mass Communications on the Provided State Service of Keeping the Register of Payers of Insurance Contributions to the State Extra-Budgetary Funds Russian Organisations and Individual Entrepreneurs Producing, Putting on the Air and/or Publishing Mass Media (Other Than the Mass Media Specialising in Reports and Materials of Promotion and/or Erotic Nature)

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Power Supplies of the Russian Federation No. 650 of December 30, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for the Ministry of Power Supplies of the Russian Federation to Carry out Planned and Extraordinary Checks of Self-Regulating Organisations in the Area of Power Supply Surveys

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 163 of February 24, 2012 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 above rates from March 1, 2012.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1212n of October 25, 2011 on the Amendments to the Procedure for Confirmation of the Main Type of Economic Activities of the Insurant in the Cases of Obligatory Social Insurance Against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases Legal Entity, As Well As the Types of Economic Activities of Insurant Divisions Being Independent Classification Units, Endorsed by Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 55 of January 31, 2006

Adjusts the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 77n of February 3, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Lists of the Types of Works, Professions, Positions Permitting to Employ Citizens Undergoing Alternative Civil Service and Organisations Where Alternative Civil Service Is Permitted and on Invalidation of Certain Acts of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia in the Area of Organisation of Alternative Civil Service

Specifies the above organisations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 160 of February 22, 2012 on the Licensing of Outer Space Activities

Endorses a new regulation on the licensing of outer space activities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 156 of February 22, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Inclusion of Stocks of Russian Organisations in Circulation at the Organised Market of Securities in the Stocks of the Hi-Tech (Innovation) Sector of Economy

The stocks of the hi-tech (innovation) sector of economy are subject to the zero rate of the profit tax.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 155 of February 22, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities of Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons

Endorses a new such regulation.

Ruling of the Board of Appeals of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. KAS12-13 of December 9, 2012

Security of transportation is not only the duty of the state.

Federal Law No. 9-FZ of February 28, 2012 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on Avoidance of Double Taxation for the Taxes on Incomes and Capital of December 5, 1998

Refines the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 8-FZ of February 28, 2012 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Geodesy and Cartography and Article 12 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on the Issue of Registration of Rights of Citizens for Individual Objects of Immovable Property According to the Simplified Procedure

Specifies the issues of assistance of the bodies of state power in this area.

Federal Law No. 6-FZ of February 28, 2012 on the Amendments to Article 8 of the Federal Law on the Development of Agriculture

The period of programs of development of agriculture will be specified by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 5-FZ of February 28, 2012 on the Ratification of the Convention between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Chile on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Evasion of Taxes on Incomes and Capital

Ratifies the above convention.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1208 of December 30, 2011 on the Amendments to the Rules of Cargo Transportation by the Road Transport

Refines the above rules.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 115n of September 21, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation on the Execution by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation of the State Function of State Control (Supervision) of Activities of Self-Regulating Organisations of Auditors

Specifies the above procedures.

Federal Law No. 17-FZ of March 1, 2012 on the Amendments to Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedures of the Russian Federation

Interregional and city drug control departments are empowered with authority of the bodies of interrogation.

Federal Law No. 15-FZ of February 29, 2012 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pertaining to Dwelling Space Provided to Orphan Children and Children Finding Themselves without Parental Support

Examines particulars of the above issues.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 142 of February 22, 2012 on the Financial Support and Payment of the Monthly Monetary Compensation Specified in Parts 9, 10, and 13 of Article 3 of the Federal Law on the Monetary Subsistence for Servicemen and Individual Payments to Them

Members of families of servicemen killed in the course of the military service are entitled for compensations.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-16795/11 of February 22, 2012

Examines the act having introduced an antidumping duty for the import of steel rolls for rolling mills from the Ukraine.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 14589/11 of February 21, 2012

Examines the act specifying the list of typical management documents that must be preserved in the bodies of power and organisations.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-13754/11 of February 8, 2012

Examines individual norms regulating retail markets of electric energy.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2783-U of February 7, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 318-P of April 24, 2008 on the Procedure to Carry out Cash Operations and the Rules of Storage, Transportation and Encashment of Banknotes and Coins of the Bank of Russia in Credit Organisations on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Adjusts the above procedures.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 5-P of March 1, 2012 on the Case of Constitutionality of Paragraph 2 of Article 215 and Paragraph 2 of Article 217 of the Code of Civil Procedures of the Russian Federation Pursuant to Appeals of Citizens D.V.Brarbash and A.V.Iskhakov

The court does not always need to suspend proceedings in the case of reorganisation of legal entity.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-16272/11 of February 13, 2012

The Federal Tax Service of Russia may adopt decisions on the classification of goods according to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-13813/11 of February 8, 2012

If VAT is not included in tariff rates for the housing and communal services, it may be claimed separately.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-15248/11 of February 3, 2012

Imported bicycle parts are not always classified as incomplete bicycle.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-15283/11 of January 25, 2012

The reasons for applying regulation of prices for products sold in canteens of educational institutions.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1598n of December 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Assigning Support in the Cases of Obligatory Social Insurance Against Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases in the Form of Coverage of Additional Expenses Pertaining to Medical, Social and Professional Rehabilitation of the Insured in the Presence of Direct Consequences of Insured Occurrence

Procedure to cover additional expenses pertaining to medical, social and professional rehabilitation of victims.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 98-e of February 17, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Methodology Directions on the Calculation of Tariff Rates for the Services of Transfer of Electric Energy Fixed Using the Method of Long-Term Indexing of the Necessary Gross Receipts

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation No. 345 of December 19, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications on the Provided State Service "Organisation of Reception of Citizens, Providing for a Timely and Full Processing of Oral and Written Appeals of Citizens, Adoption of Decisions on Them and Sending Replies to Applicants within the Deadlines Specified in the Legislation of the Russian Federation"

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 183 of March 3, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1020 of December 24, 2008

Adjusts the procedure of state registration of contracts for disposal of the exclusive right for the results of intellectual activities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 179 of March 3, 2012 on the Submission of Consolidated Annual Financial Reports

Organisations issuing securities permitted for circulation at stock exchanges must submit consolidated financial reports to the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 171 of March 3, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities of Development and Production of the Means of Protection of Confidential Information

Revises the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 169 of March 3, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation Improving Control over Circulation of Narcotic Drugs

Adjusts the list of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors controlled in the Russian Federation.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 184n of December 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used for Registration of Objects of Taxation for the Tax on the Gambling Business

Endorses new forms of the application and certificate of registration.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 191 of March 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Determination of the Customs Cost of Goods Exported from the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 795-e of December 12, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Federal Service for Tariff Rates on the Provided State Service of Processing of Disputes between the Bodies of Executive Power of Subjects of the Russian Federation in Charge of the State Regulation of Tariff Rates, Bodies of Local Government of Residential Settlements, Urban Districts, Organisations Engaged in Regulated Types of Activities and Consumers and Adoption of Decisions Obligatory for Execution

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/13@ of January 23, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Tax Declaration for the Uniform Imputed-Income Tax for Individual Types of Activities, Its Filling Procedure, As Well As the Format for Submission of the Tax Declaration for the Uniform Imputed-Income Tax for Individual Types of Activities in the Electronic Form

Endorses a new such form.

Report of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation of March 6, 2012

Report of activities for the year 2011.

Information of the Bank of Russia of March 13, 2012

The rate of refinancing of the Central Bank of Russia remains the same making 8%.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 297 of March 13, 2012 on the National Plan for Combating Corruption for the Years 2012-2013 and on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the President of the Russian Federation in This Area

Specifies the above plan of actions for the nearest two years.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 178 of March 3, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Privatisation of State or Municipal Property

Refines certain acts of the Government of the Russian Federation in this area.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 172 of March 3, 2012 on the Simplified Procedure to Carry out Customs Operations for the Goods Accepted by the Air Carrier for Transportation in Attended Luggage with the Place of Departure on the Territory of the Russian Federation to the Place of Destination Outside the Customs Territory of the Customs Union with an Intermediate Landing in the Place of Departure from the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the terms permitting to simplify customs operations for luggage transfer.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 196 of March 6, 2012 on the Amendments to the Rules for Carrying out Tenders (Auction, Contest) for the License for Communication Services

The request may sent in the electronic form.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 195 of March 6, 2012 on the Amendments to the List of Technological Equipment (Including Component and Spare Parts for It) Not Produced in the Russian Federation and Exempted from VAT in the Cases of Import to the Territory of the Russian Federation

Updates the codes of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 174 of March 3, 2012 on the Organisation of Artificial Reproduction of Aquatic Biological Resources, As Well As the Preparation and Conclusion of the Contract for Artificial Reproduction of Aquatic Biological Resources (no yet entered into force)

New organisational rules.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 297-r of March 3, 2012

Specifies the main goals, tasks and directions of the state policy in the area of use of the land stock for the years 2012-2017.

Order of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 135 of February 17, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Ministry of the Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Issuance of Licenses and Other Permissions for the Export and/or Import of Individual Types of Goods, As Well As the Forming and Keeping of the Federal Databank of Issued Licenses

Endorses the above regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 201 of March 15, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 581 of July 20, 2011

Shifts the days-off from Saturday, May 5 to Monday, May 7 and from Saturday, May 12 to Tuesday, May 8.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 193 of March 6, 2012 on the Licensing of Individual Types of Activities on the Sea and Internal Water Transport

New rules of issuance of licenses.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/155@ of March 14, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Format for Submission of Application for Registration of Cash Registers in the Electronic Form

Endorses a new such form.

Order of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 87 of March 14, 2012 on the Amendments to the Technology of Exchange of Documents in the Electronic Form Using the Electronic Digital Signature to Transfer Accrued and Paid Insurance Contributions in the System of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation Endorsed by the Order of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 19 of February 12, 2010

Refines the technology of acceptance of Form-4 FSS in the electronic form.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 12-2/pz-n of January 17, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Amendments to the List of Information Included in Insider Information of the Persons Mentioned in Items 1-4, 11 and 12 of Article 4 of the Federal Law on the Combating of Illegal Use of Insider Information and Manipulation of the Market and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Endorsed by the Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia No. 11-18/pz-n of May 12, 2011

Adjusts the list of insider information of issuers.

Information Letter of the Federal Tax Service of March 19, 2012 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for February 2012

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

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2785-U of February 10, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 262-P of August 19, 2004 on the Identification by Credit Organisations of Clients and Beneficiaries for the Purposes of Combating Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism

Adjusts the above regulation of the Central Bank of Russia.

Review of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of March 14, 2012 "Review of Judicial Practices of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for the IV Quarter of 2011"

Revises the results of work of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in the last quarter of 2011.

Review of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of March 14, 2012 "Review of Enforcement Practices of the Penal Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for the II Quarter of 2011"

Analyses enforcement practices in criminal cases.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 37n of March 1, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Forms and Deadlines for Submission of Documents Containing a Report of Microfinancial Activities and the Personal Composition of the Management Bodies of the Microfinancial Organisation

Endorses the above form.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation No. 360 of December 28, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Ministry of Mass Communicators on the Provided State Service of Confirmation of Authenticity of Electronic Digital Signatures of Authorised Persons of Certification Centres in the Key Signature Certificates Issued by Them

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 85 of February 13, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Application to Revise the Decision Adopted by the Antimonopoly Body and/or the Order in the Case of Violation of the Antimonopoly Legislation Issued on Its Basis

Specifies the above application submitted in the case of presence of newly opened circumstances.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/4552@ of March 19, 2012 on the New Form of the Tax Declaration for the Uniform Imputed-Income Tax for Individual Types of Activities

The new form applies beginning with estimates for the I quarter of 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 205 of March 21, 2012 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 Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Increases the rate of export customs duty for oil from April 1, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 204 of March 21, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1155 of December 27, 2010

Reduces the rate of export customs duty for propylene trimers and tetramers from April 1, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 213 of March 21, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009

Refines the goods requiring obligatory certification and those requiring declaration of compliance.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 208 of March 21, 2012 on the Cost of Insurance Year for the Year 2012

Specifies the cost of insurance year for the purpose of calculation of the fixed monthly payment of obligatory pension insurance.

Order of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. 26-s/1 of March 13, 2012 on the Endorsement of Tariff Rates for the Services of Postal Communication to Transmit Internal Written Correspondence (Post Cards, Letters, Parcels) Submitted to FGUP Mail of Russia

Increases tariff rates for the services of postal communication.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/83@ of February 14, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Codes of Types of Operations for the Value Added Tax Necessary for the Keeping of the Logbook of Received and Put Forward Invoices

The new form of logbook.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 216n of March 12, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form of Estimate for 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 for Expenses to Pay out Insurance Support and Its Filling Procedure (not yet entered into force)

The new form is applied from the I quarter of 2012.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 1386n of November 22, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Method of Determination of the Amount of Payment for the Expert Evaluation and Testing of Medical Items for the Purpose of State Registration of Medical Items and the Limiting Amounts of Payment for the Expert Evaluation and Testing of Medical Items for the Purpose of State Registration of Medical Items

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 218 of March 21, 2012 on the Federal Service for Intellectual Property

Endorses a regulation on the above service the powers, procedure of work.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 163 of March 2, 2012 on the Endorsement of Forms of State Documents of Higher Professional Education and the Technical Requirements to Them

Specifies the forms of diplomas.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 221 of March 21, 2012 on the Licensing of Individual Types of Activities on the Railroad Transport

Updates the licensing procedure for activities on the railroad transport.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 232n of March 15, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form of 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 for the Payers of Insurance Contributions Making Payments and Paying out Other Rewards to Natural Persons and Its Filling Procedure

The new form applies from the I quarter of 2012.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 6 of January 16, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Federal Aviation Rules "Organisation of Planning of Use of the Air Space of the Russian Federation"

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 211 of March 21, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of Measures Expected to Ensure Fulfilling of Duties Specified in the Federal Law on the Personal Information and the Normative Legal Acts Adopted in Pursuance of It by Operators Being State or Municipal Bodies (not yet entered into force)

Specifies procedures for operators of personal information.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 260 of March 28, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 60 of February 1, 2007

Refines the procedure for publication of the federal assessment standards.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 244 of March 28, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Fixing of Control Figures for Admission of Citizens for Study at the Expense of the Federal Budget for Institutions of Secondary Professional and Higher Professional Education Having a State Accreditation

Specifies the above rules.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 240 of March 28, 2012 on the Licensing of Development, Production, Testing and Repair of Aircraft Equipment

Endorses the above regulation.

Order of the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health and Social Development No. 547-Pr/12 of February 15, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used by the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health and Social Development When Licensing Pharmacy Activities

Endorses new forms of documents.

Resolution of the Council of the Eurasia Economic Commission No. 8 of March 19, 2012 on the Amendments to the Joint Customs Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Joint Customs Tariff of the Customs Union for Coconut (Copra), Palm-Kernel and Babassu Oil

Introduces a new rate of import customs duty for the above items.

Federal Law No. 27-FZ of April 1, 2012 on the Amendments to Article 22.1 of the Federal Law on the State Registration of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs and Articles 331 and 351.1 of the Labour Code of the Russian Federation

Persons having a criminal history are subject to restrictions in certain areas of activities.

Federal Law No. 22-FZ of April 1, 2012 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the Transport (Road) Control on the Outer Border of the Union State

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 21-FZ of April 1, 2012 on the Ratification of the Treaty on the Free Trade Zone

Ratifies the multilateral treaty of CIS countries.

Federal Law No. 20-FZ of April 1, 2012 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Convention between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Italian Republic on Avoidance of Double Taxation for the Taxes on Incomes and Capital and Prevention of Evasion of Taxes of April 9, 1996

Ratifies the above protocol.

Federal Law No. 19-FZ of March 30, 2012 on the Amendments to Article 67 of Part 1 and Article 288 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

The consequences of consolidation of Gazprom for the regions.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 253 of March 28, 2012 on the Requirements to Payments for Resources Necessary for Provided Communal Services

Payments to suppliers must be transferred on the following working day.

Federal Law No. 32-FZ of April 2, 2012 on the Ratification of the Agreement on Cooperation of the Member-States of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the Area of Operation of Interstate Lines of National Power Supply Systems

The agreement is expected to improve reliability of operation of interstate power supply lines.

Federal Law No. 31-FZ of April 2, 2012 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation and Article 11 of the Federal Law on the State Control over International Road Transportation and Responsibility for the Violation of Its Procedures

Increases the fines for the violation of the rules of international road transportation.

Federal Law No. 30-FZ of April 2, 2012 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Eliminates the administrative fine for the failure to fulfil the duty to control observance of the rules of cash operations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 257 of March 28, 2012 on the Licensing of Mine Survey Works

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 255 of March 28, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities of Collection, Use, Decontamination and Placing of Waste of Classes I-IV Hazards

New rules of issuance of licenses for handling waste.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 252 of March 28, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Inclusion of Objects of Power Supply Networks in the Single National (All-Russia) Power Supply Network and the Keeping of the Register of Such Objects

Refines the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-11/99@ of February 20, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format for Submission of the Tax Declaration for the Transport Tax in the Electronic Form and Its Filling Procedure

Updates the form of the declaration for the transport tax and its filling procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 280 of April 2, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Transportation of Passengers by Vehicles Carrying More Than 8 Persons (Except for the Case When the Mentioned Activities Are Carried out to Orders or for Own Needs of the Legal Entity or Individual Entrepreneur)

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 278 of April 2, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities in the Area of Use of (Generating) Sources of Ionising Radiation (Except for the Case When These Sources Are Used for Medical Purposes)

Specifies the types of works requiring a license.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 258 of March 28, 2012 on the Amendments to the Rules of Fixing and Determination of Normatives of Consumption of Communal Services

Updates the procedure of fixing of the above normatives.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 249 of March 28, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Export Control

Refines export control procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 2805 of December 8, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Forms of the Document Confirming the Presence of the License for Educational Activities, Appendix To It and the Technical Requirements to the Mentioned Documents

A new form of license for educational activities.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 204n of March 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Acceptance of Estimates 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 procedure for the Social Insurance Fund and its territorial bodies to accept Form-4 FSS.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 283 of April 5, 2012 on the State Report on the Protection of Consumer Rights in the Russian Federation

Specifies a procedure for generation of the annual report on the protection of consumer rights in the Russian Federation.

Information of the Bank of Russia of April 9, 2012 on the Rate of Refinancing and the Interest Rates for Operations of the Bank of Russia

The rate of the Central Bank of Russia remains the same making 8%.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 14 of March 23, 2012 on Individual Issues of the Practice of Resolving of Disputes Challenging Bank Guarantees

The absence of signature of the chief accountant does not make the bank guarantee invalid.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 440-r of April 5, 2012

Extends the list of the types of activities permitted in the points of transfer through the state border.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 143 of March 29, 2012 on the Average Market Cost of 1 Square Meter of Total Dwelling Space in the Subjects of the Russian Federation for the II Quarter of 2012

Specifies the above figures.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 157n of November 23, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Keeping the Joint State Register of Individual Entrepreneurs and Providing Information and Documents Available in It

Endorses a new such procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 158n of November 23, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Keeping the Joint State Register of Legal Entities and Providing Information and Documents Available in It

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Management Board of the Pension Fund of Russia No. 66p of March 28, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Management Board of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation No. 192p of July 31, 2006

Adjusts certain forms of documents of personal records.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 71n of February 1, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Explanation on the Application of the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1086 of December 22, 2011 on the Fixing of the Permitted Share of Foreign Workers for 2012 Used by Economic Subjects Engaged in Activities in Retail Trade and Sports on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above particulars.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 2111/12 of April 2, 2012

Examines the legality of certification of the signature of the head of the legal entity with the seal in the declaration for the uniform imputed-income tax.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-16112/11 of March 29, 2012

Examines the legality of explanations on the placing of state orders for construction of objects on a turnkey basis.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-15916/10 of March 13, 2012

The object repaired at the expense of resources of the regional budget appeared to be a federal one. Will there be a compensation?

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/80@ of February 13, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Forms, Procedure of Their Filling and the Formats of Documents Used in the Cases of Registration of Foreign Organisations in Tax Bodies

Introduces new such forms.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 287 of April 12, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Development, Production, Sale and Purchase for the Purpose of Sale of Special Technical Means Intended for a Secret Obtaining of Information

Introduces a new such procedure.

Letter of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates No. DS-2792/5 of April 9, 2012 on the Issue of Functioning of the Calculator of Communal Payments Placed on the Internet Site of the Federal Service for Tariff Rates of Russia

Helps citizens calculate an approximate value of communal payments.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 290 of April 12, 2012 on the Federal State Fire Supervision

The fire safety inspector can suspend the work of the organisation, if there is a direct threat to the life of people in the case of fire.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 289 of April 12, 2012 on the Federal State Information System of Territorial Planning

Specifies a procedure for keeping the above system to be in operation from June 15, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 288 of April 12, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1070 of December 29, 2088

New features in the accreditation for the right of carrying out a non-state expert evaluation of design documentation and/or results of engineering surveys.

Order of the Federal Service for Financial Markets No. 12-9/pz-n of February 29, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure and Deadlines for Disclosing Insider Information of the Persons Specified in Items 1-4, 11 and 12 of Article 4 of the Federal Law on the Combating of Illegal Use of Insider Information and Manipulation of the Market and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Introduces a new such procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation No. 86 of March 21, 2012 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication of the Russian Federation No. 14 of September 20, 2004 on the Form of the Declaration of Compliance of the Means of Communication

Introduces a new such form.

Decision of the Pension Fund and the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 32p/38 of February 14, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Act of Check of the Bank's Fulfilling the Duties Specified in the Federal Law No. 212-FZ of July 24, 2009 and the Requirements to Its Drawing up

Specifies the above form.

Information Letter of the Federal Tax Service of April 16, 2012 on the Information Necessary for the Calculation of the Tax on Extraction of Mineral Resources for Oil for March 2012

Provides the above information.

Order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 372 of April 6, 2012 on the Procedure for Inclusion of Industrial Products in the Products with a High Degree of Processing

Specifies the above criteria.

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 31 of February 20, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Technical Regulations in the Area of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products Pertaining to the Outfit of the Main Technological Equipment for Production of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products, As Well As Equipment for Registration of the Volume of Circulation and/or Use for Own Needs of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products by the Technical Means of Registration and Transfer of Information on the Volume of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products to the Joint State Automatic Information System of Registration of the Volume of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products

Requirements to the means of registration.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 2 of January 11, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Types of Railroad Vehicles Used for Transportation of Passengers, Special and Hazardous Cargo That Must Be Outfit with GLONASS or GLONASS/GPS Satellite Navigation Equipment

Specifies the above railroad cars.

Order of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 42 of March 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Organisations to Submit Notifications in the Cases of Purchase of Ethyl Alcohol for Production of Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products and/or Use for Own Needs, As Well As in the Cases of Supply and Transportation of Ethyl Alcohol (Including the Denatured One), Non-Packed Alcohol-Containing Products with Ethyl Alcohol Content Greater Than 25 Percent of the Volume of the Finished Product and the Forms of Notifications

Endorses the above form.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/138@ of March 5, 2012 on the Endorsement of Formats of the Invoice, Logbook of Received and Put Forward Invoices, Logbook of Purchased Items and Logbook of Sales, Additional Sheets of the Logbook of Purchased Items and the Logbook of Sales in the Electronic Form

Endorses the above formats.

Decision of the Plenum of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 15 of March 23, 2012 on Certain Issues of Participation of a Prosecutor in the Arbitration Process

An arbitration dispute involving a prosecutor can also be terminated by a settlement agreement.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 317 of April 16, 2012 on the Licensing of Activities in the Area of Use of Infecting Agents for Humans and Animals (Except for the Case When the Mentioned Activities Are Carried out for Medical Purposes) and GMO of III and IV Degree Hazards Carried out in Closed Systems

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 294 of April 16, 2012 on the Amendments to Item 3 of the Regulation on the Procedure of Import to the Russian Federation and Export from the Russian Federation of Potent and Poisonous Substances Other Than Precursors of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

Simplifies the procedure for obtaining a permission for transborder transportation of potent substances.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 272 of March 31, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Organisation and Carrying out of a Non-State Expert Evaluation of Design Documentation and/or Results of Engineering Surveys

Specifies the above procedure.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/6289@ of April 13, 2012 on the Procedure for Application of Provisions of Item 5 of Article 174.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Particulars of filling of the declaration for the value added tax in the cases of operations carried out under the contract of investment partnership.

Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 375-P of March 2, 2012 on the Requirements to the Rules of Internal Control in a Credit Organisation for the Purpose of Combating Legalisation (Laundering) of Incomes Obtained in a Criminal Way and Financing of Terrorism

Specifies the above requirements.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2788-U of February 28, 2012 on the Amendments to Item 6.1.1 of the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 1379-U of January 16, 2004 on the Assessment of Financial Stability of a Bank to Recognise It Sufficient for Participation in the Deposit Insurance System

Refines the procedure for disclosing information on the persons affecting significantly decisions of the management of the bank participating in the deposit insurance system.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 322 of April 16, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 380 of June 19, 2006

Producers of perfumery must register products stronger than 25% and producers of alcohol, production capacities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 307 of April 16, 2012 on the Procedure for Connection to Heat-Supply Systems and on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 296 of April 16, 2012 on the Amendments to the List of Technological Equipment (Including Component and Spare Parts to It) Not Produced in the Russian Federation and Exempted from VAT in the Cases of Import to the Territory of the Russian Federation

Refines the above list.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 271 of March 31, 2012 on the Procedure for Certification for the Right of Preparation of Statements of Expert Evaluation of Design Documentation and/or Results of Engineering Surveys

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/244@ of April 17, 2012 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. MM-7-6/730@ of December 31, 2009 on the Endorsement of the Format for Submission of Tax Declarations, Accounting Reports and Other Documents Serving As Grounds for Calculation and Payment of Taxes and Fees in the Electronic Form (on XML Basis) (Version 5)

Refines the format for submission of tax declarations in the electronic form.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 347 of April 19, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 863 of December 28, 2004

Adjusts the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation on the rates of customs fees for customs operations.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 314 of April 16, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Detection of Electronic Devices Intended for a Secret Obtaining of Information (Except for the Case When the Mentioned Activities Are Carried out for Own Needs of the Legal Entity or Individual Entrepreneur)

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 313 of April 16, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Development, Production, Dissemination of the Means of Encryption (Cryptography), Information and Telecommunication Systems Protected Using the Means of Encryption (Cryptography), Carrying out Works, Rendering Services in the Area of Information Encoding, Technical Maintenance of the Means of Encryption Cryptography), Information and Telecommunication Systems Protected Using the Means of Encryption (Cryptography) (Except for the Case When the Technical Maintenance of the Means of Encryption (Cryptography), Information and Telecommunication Systems Protected Using the Means of Encryption (Cryptography) Is Carried out for Own Needs of the Legal Entity or Individual Entrepreneur)

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 308 of April 16, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of Objects with a High Energy Efficiency That Do Not Need Specifying the Energy Efficiency Classes

Specifies the above list.

Activities Carried out by Medical and Other Organisations Included in the Private Public Health System on the Territory of the Innovation Centre Skolkovo)

Revises the above regulation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 270 of March 31, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 145 of March 5, 2007

Adjusts the regulation on the state expert evaluation of design documentation and results of engineering surveys.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 202n of March 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Acceptance of Documents Serving As Grounds for Calculation and Payment (Transfer) of Insurance Contributions, As Well As the Documents Confirming Correctness of Calculation and Timely Payment (Transfer) of Insurance Contributions

Specifies the above procedure.

Federal Law No. 37-FZ of April 23, 2012 on the Amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation on Consumer Cooperatives (Consumer Companies, Their Unions) in the Russian Federation

An observer may be assigned in certain cases in consumer companies.

Federal Law No. 36-FZ of April 23, 2012 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Defining the Notion of a Small Vessel

New features in the issue of state registration of water vessels.

Federal Law No. 35-FZ of April 23, 2012 on the Amendments to the Labour Code of the Russian Federation and Article 122 of the Code of Civil Procedures of the Russian Federation

Changes the New Year vacation procedures.

Federal Law No. 34-FZ of April 23, 2012 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving State Regulation of Activities of Transportation of Passengers and Luggage by Taxi Cars in the Russian Federation

Refines the above procedures.

Federal Law No. 33-FZ of April 23, 2012 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Special Economic Zone in the Kaliningrad Province and on the Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Changes to the procedure for checking activities of residents of the special economic zone.

Decision of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 75 of March 30, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Average Values of the Main Figures for Calculation of Discounts and Mark-Ups to Insurance Tariff Rates for Obligatory Social Insurance Against Occupational Accidents and Diseases in 2012

Specifies the above figures.

Federal Law No. 38-FZ of April 25, 2012 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on Concession Agreements and Article 16 of the Federal Law on the State Company Russian Highways and on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

New features in concession agreements in construction.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 352 of April 23, 2012 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

Reduces the rate of export customs duty for oil from May 1.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/164@ of March 19, 2012 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/469@ of September 28, 2010 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Tax Bodies to Change the Deadline of Payment of the Tax and Fee, As Well As the Penalty and Fine

Specifies the amendments for investment credits.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/174@ of March 22, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Form and Format for Submission of the Tax Declaration for the Tax on Profits of Organisations, Its Filling Procedure

Endorses a new such form.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 96 of April 16, 2012 on the Amendments to the Rules of Pre-Flight and Post-Flight Inspections Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 104 of July 25, 2007

Adjusts the rules of passenger and luggage inspections in airports.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/6166@ of April 12, 2012 "In Addition to the Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. AS-4-3/22569@ of December 29, 2011"

Provides additional explanations on the issues of registration of contracts of creation of consolidated groups of taxpayers.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-308/12 of April 11, 2012

The amount of state duty for the decision in the case challenging a patent must be the same for residents and non-residents.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 378 of April 23, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Forming and Keeping of the Register of Persons Called to Account for Administrative Responsibility for the Violation of the Antimonopoly Legislation of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 369 of April 23, 2012 on the Signs of a Failure to Use the Land Plots Taking into Account the Particulars of Agricultural Production or Other Activities Pertaining to Agricultural Production in the Subjects of the Russian Federation

Specifies the list of such signs.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-13/182@ of March 26, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Documents Used by the Federal Tax Service of Russia When Implementing Their Powers in Relations Regulated by the Legislation on Taxes and Fees, the Grounds and Procedure for Prolongation of the Deadline of Processing of Application for a Pricing Agreement Concluded for Taxation Purposes and the Documents Attached to It

Specifies the form of the pricing agreement.

Order of the Ministry of Communication and Mass Communication Infrastructure No. 357 of December 27, 2011 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation for the Federal Service for Supervision over Communication, Information Technologies and Mass Communication Infrastructure on the Provided State Service of Licensing of Activities in the Area of Communication Services

A new procedure for licensing communication services.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2803-U of April 6, 2012 on the Amendments to the Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2005-U of April 30, 2008 on the Assessment of Economical Standing of Banks

Refines the above procedure.

Explanations of the Federal Service for Supervision over Communication, Information Technologies and Mass Communication Infrastructure of April 28, 2012

The requirement on registration of user devices does not pertain to mobile phones.

Decision of the Board of the Eurasia Economic Commission No. 35 of April 19, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Unification of the Methods of Testing for the Purposes of Assessment of Compliance with the Uniform Sanitary, Epidemiological and Hygienic Requirements for the Goods Subject to the Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision (Control)

Specifies the above principles.

Federal Law No. 39-FZ of May 1, 2012 on the Ratification of the Protection of Workers' Claims (Employer's Insolvency) Convention (C 173)

Ratifies the above convention.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 402 of April 26, 2012 on the Control and Supervision in the Area of Legal Protection and Use of Results of Intellectual Activities of the Military, Special and Dual Destination Created at the Expense of the Federal Budget, As Well As Control and Supervision in the Specified Area of Activities for the State Ordering Parties and Organisations Executing the State Contracts Envisaging Scientific Research, Design and Technological Works

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 401 of April 26, 2012 on the Temporary Quantitative Restriction of the Import of Ozone Destroying Substances to the Territory of the Russian Federation

Introduces a temporary restriction from July 1 to December 31, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 398 of April 26, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Criteria of Creation of the Special Economic Zone

Specifies what is necessary for creation of the special economic zone.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 394 of April 25, 2012 on the Measures of Improvement of Use of Information and Communication Technologies in the Work of State Bodies

Adjusts the acts of the Government of the Russian Federation in the above area.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 389 of April 25, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Criteria for Inclusion of Foreign Educational Organisations in the List of Foreign Educational Organisations Issuing Documents of Foreign States of the Level of Education and/or Qualification Recognised on the Territory of the Russian Federation and Criteria for Inclusion of Foreign Educational Organisations, Scientific Organisations in the List of Foreign Educational Organisations, Scientific Organisations Issuing Documents of Foreign States of Scientific Degrees and Grades Recognised on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 222n of March 12, 2012 on the Amendment to the Regulation on the Organisation and Implementation of Monitoring of the Variety of and Prices for the Vital and Most Important Medicines Endorsed by 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 Monitoring of the Variety of and Prices for the Vital and Most Important Medicines

Apothecary organisations are checked for availability of vital medicines.

Decision of the Board of the Eurasia Economic Commission No. 34 of April 19, 2012 on the Amendments to Chapter II of the Uniform Sanitary, Epidemiological and Hygienic Requirements for the Goods Subject to Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision (Control)

Refines the above requirements applied on the territory of the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 44-FZ of May 3, 2012 on the Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation

Who else will process administrative cases on behalf of the regional bodies of supervision over protection of subsoil resources and water objects?

Federal Law No. 43-FZ of May 3, 2012 on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Capital Investments

Ratifies the above agreement.

Federal Law No. 42-FZ of May 3, 2012 on the Ratification of the Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the Termination of International Treaties on the Issues of Indirect Taxes

Ratifies the above protocol.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/111@ of February 27, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure to Provide to Users Information from the Joint State Register of Taxpayers

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 320n of April 9, 2012 on the Amendments to the Procedure for Publishing Industry Sector Agreements Concluded at the Federal Level and the Proposal for Accession to the Agreement Endorsed by the Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of Russia No. 260 of April 12, 2007

Changes the list of sources to publish federal industry sector agreements.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 390 of April 25, 2012 on the Fire Safety Regime

Introduces new fire safety rules in the Russian Federation.

Federal Law No. 47-FZ of May 3, 2012 on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the Fundamentals of Tourism in the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Creates a compensation fund for protection of tourists.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 432 of May 4, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rates of Export Customs Duties for Refined Copper Exported from the Russian Federation outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Changes the rate of the export customs duty from June 5, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 431 of May 4, 2012 on the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Non-Alloyed Nickel Exported from the Russian Federation outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

Increases the rate of export customs duty from June 5, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 430 of May 4, 2012 on the Rate of Export Customs Duty for Non-Alloyed Nickel Exported from the Russian Federation outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

The rate of export customs duty from March 5, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 428 of May 3, 2012 on the Amendment to the Regulation on the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation is in charge of the keeping of the Joint Federal Register of Information on the Facts of Activities of Legal Entities.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 412 of May 2, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Federal State Supervision over Protection of Consumer Rights

Specifies the procedures for the federal state supervision over protection of consumer rights.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 437 of May 4, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Functioning of the Wholesale Market of Electric Energy and Power

Adjusts the rules of state regulation of prices (tariff rates) in the power supply industry.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 435 of May 4, 2012 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009

From June 1, the means of personal protection must comply with requirements of the technical regulation of the Customs Union.

Information of the Bank of Russia of May 10, 2012 on the Rate of Refinancing and the Interest Rates for Operations of the Bank of Russia

The rate of refinancing is not changed

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 1896/12 of April 27, 2012

Examines taxation of incomes of foreign companies operating through permanent representations in Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Communication and Mass Communication Infrastructure of the Russian Federation No. 320 of November 23, 2011 on the Accreditation of Certification Centres

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-11/185@ of March 29, 2012 on the Amendments to Appendices 2 and 3 to the 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 Format of Information on the Inventory Cost of Immovable Property and Another Information Necessary for Calculation of Taxes

Refines the form filling procedure and format.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 457 of May 5, 2021 on the Licensing of Activities of Passenger and Cargo Transportation by Air Transport (Except of the Cases When the Mentioned Activities Are Carried out for Own Needs of the Legal Entity or Individual Entrepreneur)

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 455 of May 5, 2012 on the Permanent State Supervision Regime at Hazardous Industrial Objects and Hydrotechnical Structures

Introduces such regime from July 1, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 445 of May 5, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Licensing of Activities of Enterprises, Institutions and Organisations Carrying out Works Pertaining to Use of Information Comprising State Secrets, Creation of the Means of Protection of Information, As Well As the Measures and/or Rendering Services of Protection of State Secrets

Refines the list of information indicated in the application for the license for the works with state secrets.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 422 of May 2, 2012 on the Certificate to the Shipping Document for Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products and on the Amendments to Certain Decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation

New forms and rules of filling.

Resolution of the Board of the Eurasia Economic Commission No. 39 of April 26, 2012 on the Amendments to the Instruction on the Procedure of Filling of the Declaration for the Goods Endorsed by Resolution of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 257 of May 20, 2010

Introduces a new such procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 459 of May 5, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Initial Information for Qualifying the Object of the Fuel- and Power-Supply Complex, Procedure and Criteria

All objects of the fuel- and power-supply complex will be divided into three categories of potential hazard.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 454 of May 5, 2012 on the Licensing of Operation of Fire and Explosion Dangerous Industrial Objects

Introduces new such rules.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 490n of May 5, 2012 on the Endorsement of Precautionary Designs Warning of the Danger of Smoking

Introduces new requirements to the appearance of cigarette packages and other tobacco items.

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 259 of April 5, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Requirements to the Content of Programs of Training of Persons Learning the Rules of Safe Handling of Arms and Acquiring Such Skills and the Procedure of Coordination of Such Programs

Specifies the above requirements.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 62n of May 14, 2012 on the Procedure to Enter into Force the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 39n of March 20, 2012

Changes the procedure of application of the Budget Classification after March 20.

Letter of the Department of the Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-02-08/36 of April 3, 2012

A respite (extension schedule) in the payment of income tax from natural persons is granted by the tax body at the place of residence.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 480 of May 15, 2012 on the Plan of Transfer of Resources of Accumulated Pensions Intended for the Forming of the Pay-out Reserve and the Plan of Transfer of Resources of the Pay-out Reserve Necessary for the Paying out of the Accumulated Part of the Labour Old-Age Pension Formed, Adjusted and Conveyed by the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation to Appropriate Management Companies

Specifies the above procedures.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 479 of May 15, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules for a Non-State Pension Fund to Form, Adjust and Convey to the Management Company the Plan of Transfer of Resources of Accumulated Pensions Intended for the Forming of the Pay-out Reserve, As Well As Resources of Accumulated Pensions of the Insured to Make Urgent Pension Payments and the Plan of Transfer of Resources of the Pay-out Reserve and Resources of Accumulated Pensions of the Insured Waiting an Urgent Pension Payment Necessary for the Paying out of the Accumulated Part of the Labour Old-Age Pension and/or Urgent Pension Payments

Specifies the above procedures.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-6/25@ of January 25, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Forms and Requirements to the Drawing up of the Documents Submitted to the Registration Body in the Cases of State Registration of Legal Entities, Individual Entrepreneurs and Peasant (Farmer) Enterprises

New forms and their filling rules.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 23 of January 26, 2012 on the Cost of Services Rendered under the Contract of Connection of the Objects of Road Services to the Public-Use Automobile Road of Federal Significance for the Year 2012

Specifies the above figures.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-2/188@ of March 30, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Forms of Decisions on the Provisional Measures, on the Revocation and Replacement of Provisional Measures

Specifies the above forms.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 23 of January 20, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Antimonopoly Service on the Provided State Service of Possessing of Requests for Coordination of Transactions in Compliance with Part 6 of Article 8 of the Federal Law No. 57-FZ of April 29, 2008 on the Procedure for Foreign Investments in Economic Companies of Strategic Significance for the Country's Defence and State Security

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Federal Customs Service No. 906 of May 11, 2012 on the Invalidation of the Telex of the Federal Customs Service of Russia

Invalidates the message on the classification of iPad tablet PCs according to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 11-P of May 14, 2012 on the Case of Constitutionality of the Provision of Paragraph 2 of Part 1 of Article 446 of the Code of Civil Procedures of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeals of Citizens F.K.Gumerova and Y.A.Shikunov

Prohibits withdrawal of the only available dwelling space in the cases of debt recovery.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 404n of April 25, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service for Supervision over Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being on the Provided State Service of Acceptance and Registration of Notifications of the Beginning of Individual Types of Works and Services Initiated by Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs According to the List Specified in the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 584 of July 16, 2009

Certain types of activities require sending a notification of their beginning.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-2/297@ of May 16, 2012 on the Amendments to the Order of the Federal Tax Service of Russia No. MM-3-06/333@ of May 30, 2007 on the Endorsement of the Concept of the System of Planning of On-Site Tax Checks

Extends the list of criteria permitting to initiate a tax check.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 636 of May 21, 2012 on the Structure of the Federal Bodies of Executive Power

Endorses a new structure of the federal bodies of executive power.

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 417n of April 27, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of Occupational Diseases

Specifies the above list.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 203 of March 30, 2012 on the Amendments to the Rules of Arranging Contests or Auctions for the Right of Conclusion of Lease Contracts, Free Use Contracts, Property Trust Control Contracts, Other Contracts Envisaging a Transfer of Rights for the State or Municipal Property Endorsed by Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia No. 67 of February 10, 2010

The contract is concluded even if there is only one participant in the tenders for the right of use of state property.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2818-U of May 17, 2012 on the Invalidation of Item 28 of the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 437 of April 23, 1997 on the Particulars of Registration of Credit Organisations with Foreign Investments

Subsidiary credit organisations of foreign banks residents of this country can open branches without a preliminary permission of the Central Bank of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 503 of May 23, 2012 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

Reduces the above rates from June 1.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 500 of May 21, 2012 on the Amount of Coverage of the Necessary Expenses to Invest Resources of the Pay-Out Reserve, Amount of Reward of the State Management Company from Resources of the Pay-Out Reserve and the Composition of the Necessary Expenses to Invest Resources of the Pay-Out Reserve

The cost of investing of resources of the pay-out reserve.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 66 of April 26, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Keeping the State Register of Independent Experts Having Received Accreditation for the Anticorruption Expert Evaluation of Normative Legal Acts and Draft Normative Legal Acts in the Cases Specified in the Legislation of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Direction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation No. 2808-U of April 28, 2012 on the Amendments to the Instruction of the Bank of Russia No. 110-I of January 16, 2004 on the Obligatory Normatives of Banks

Refines the above instruction.

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 7 of May 22, 2012 on the Amendment to Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 6 of February 10, 2000 on the Judicial Practices in the Cases of Bribery and Corrupt Business Practices

Refines the earlier formulated explanations.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 126 of March 23, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Challenging the Statements of Expert Evaluation of Design Documentation and/or Expert Evaluation of Results of Engineering Surveys

Construction parties can challenge the statement of expert evaluation of the design documentation and/or results of engineering surveys within 3 years from the day of endorsement.

Resolution of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 49 of May 24, 2012 on the Measures of Protection of Economic Interests of Producers of Rolled Metal with a Polymer Coating in the Customs Union

Introduces for five years an antidumping duty for the import of cold-rolled items classified under codes 7210, 7212, 7225 of the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 510 of May 24, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Forming and Keeping of the Register of the Bodies of Certification and Accredited Testing Laboratories (Centres) and the Register of Experts of Accreditation, As Well As Providing Information from Them

Specifies the above rules.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 505 of May 24, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Authorisation for Russian Carriers to Take Part in International Highway Transportation

Adjusts the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 46n of April 13, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure for Assigning the Status of a Central Depository

Endorses the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 42n of March 30, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Values and Procedure of Calculation 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

Endorses new such normatives.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 22 of January 20, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Antimonopoly Service on the Provided State Service of Providing Explanations on the Issues of Application by the Federal Antimonopoly Body of the Antimonopoly Legislation of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 25n of February 15, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Tax Service on the Provided State Service of Personal Reception of Citizens, Timely and Complete Processing of Appeals of Citizens, Adoption of Decisions on Them and Sending Replies to the Applicants within the Deadlines Specified in the Legislation of the Russian Federation

Specifies a procedure for personal reception of citizens by the Federal Tax Service.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 535 of May 31, 2012 "Issues of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation"

Creates the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection regulating labour relations among other things

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 534 of May 31, 2012 "Issues of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Development of the Far East"

Creates a new ministry in the Russian Federation in charge of implementation of federal programs and federal property management in the Far East.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 30n of February 24, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Providing Information from the State Register of Self-Regulating Organisations of Auditors

Specifies the above procedure.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 543 of June 1, 2012 on the Endorsement of the List of Documents Permitting a Direct Debit Procedure for Collection of Debts on the Basis of Executive Notes

Specifies the above list

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 524 of May 30, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Fixing of Mark-Downs for Insurants and Mark-Ups to Insurance Tariff Rates for Obligatory Social Insurance against Occupational Accidents and Diseases

Introduces new such rules.

Resolution of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 53 of May 31, 2012 on the Amendments to the Joint Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activities of the Customs Union and the Rate of Import Customs Duty for Submersible Drilling Rigs for Oil and Gas Wells

Introduces the zero rate of the import customs duty for drilling rigs for the Kazakhstani part of the Caspian shelf.

Resolution of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 51 of May 31, 2012 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 Crude Oil

Introduces two new subheadings.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 530 of May 30, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Area of Forest Use

Adjusts the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation endorsing the regulation on the state control and supervision in the above area.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 442 of May 4, 2012 on the Functioning of Retail Markets of Electric Energy, Full and/or Partial Restriction of Regime of Consumption of Electric Energy

Introduces new such rules.

Federal Law No. 51-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pursuant to Adoption of the Federal Law on the Regulation of Activities of Russian Citizens and Russian Legal Entities in the Antarctic

Introduces administrative responsibility for the failure to observe the requirements and rules of activities.

Federal Law No. 49-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Amendment to Article 333.33 of Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation

Specifies the state duty for the registration of light and ultra light civil air vessels.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 546 of June 4, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Essence of Border Control in the Cases of Transfer of People, Transport Vehicles, Cargo, Goods and Animals through the State Border of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above issues.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2814-U of May 2, 2012 on the Amount of Transfer of Monetary Resources Obliging the Operator of Transfer of Monetary Resources to Send Application for Registration of Operator of Payment System to the Bank of Russia

Specifies the amount of transfer of monetary resources obliging the bank to register as operator of payment system.

Information of the Federal Tax Service of June 1, 2012 on the Opening of Business through the Internet in All Subjects of the Russian Federation

From May 31, 2012, it is possible to open a business through the Internet in all regions of Russia.

Federal Law No. 64-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Amendments to the Agreement Establishing the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Approved by Resolutions of the Board of Governors No. 137 of September 30, 2011 and No. 138 of September 30, 2011

Russia supports bank's activities in the Mediterranean.

Federal Law No. 61-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Amendment to Article 26 of the Federal Law on the State Registration of Rights for Immovable Property and Transactions with It

Parts of subsoil resources cannot be leased.

Federal Law No. 60-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Declaration of the Russian Federation on the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment

Participants of transactions can choose the right of the country to regulate their relations.

Federal Law No. 59-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Ratification of the Treaty on Partnership Relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Chile

Ratifies the treaty signed on November 13, 2010 in Yokohama.

Federal Law No. 56-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006

Ratifies the above convention.

Federal Law No. 50-FZ of June 5, 2012 on the Regulation of Activities of Russian Citizens and Legal Entities in the Antarctic

Activities in the Antarctic can be carried out only in the presence of financial guarantees of reimbursement of possible damage.

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. YeD-4-3/9126@ of June 4, 2012 on the Procedure for Filling the Tax Declaration for the Value Added Tax

Adjusts the above procedure pursuant to adoption of amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 13-P of June 5, 2012 on the Case of Constitutionality of the Provision of Item 2 of Article 1086 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation Pursuant to the Appeal of Citizen Y.G.Timashov

Examines the issue of determination of income of entrepreneur applying the uniform imputed-income tax for reimbursement of these amounts in the cases of damage to health.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 559 of June 6, 2012 on the Federal Bodies of Executive Power Authorised to Issue a Permission for Creation of a Man-Made Land Plot on a Water Object

The Federal Agency for Water Resources is in charge.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2815-U of May 2, 2012 on the Values of Criteria to Recognise the Payment System Important

Specifies the above figures.

Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 378-P of May 2, 2012 on the Procedure for Sending to the Bank of Russia Application for Registration of Operator of Payment System

Specifies the above procedure.

Resolution of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 72 of June 7, 2012 on the Amendments to the Joint List of Goods Subject to Prohibitions or Restrictions in the Cases of Import or Export by the Member-States of the Customs Union in the Framework of the Eurasian Economic Community in Trade with Third Countries

Updates the above list.

Resolution of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 68 of June 7, 2012 on the Amendments to the Instruction on the Procedure for Amending the Declaration for the Goods after Their Release

Adjusts the above instruction.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 570 of June 7, 2012 on the Amendments to the Rules of Issuance of Permissions for the Right of Arranging of a Retail Market Place

Adjusts the above rules.

Concept of the State Migration Policy of the Russian Federation for the Period Until 2025 (Endorsed by the President of the Russian Federation on June 13, 2012)

The program is excepted to inspire migration to promote population growth in Siberia and the Far East.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 558 of June 6, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Typical Charter of the Housing Construction Cooperative Created to Provide Dwelling Space to Individual Categories of Citizens Specified in the Legislation of the Russian Federation

Construction of economy-class dwelling space for employees of state-run institutions.

Federal Law No. 72-FZ of June 14, 2012 on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Amendments to the Statute of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Community of July 5, 2010

The amendments permit applying to court to economic subjects of other than member-states of the Customs Union.

Federal Law No. 71-FZ of June 14, 2012 on the Ratification of the Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the European Space Agency on the Permanent Representation of the European Space Agency in the Russian Federation and Its Status of April 10, 1995

The goods, works and services sold in Russia for the European Space Agency are exempted from VAT.

Federal Law No. 69-FZ of June 14, 2012 on the Ratification of the Agreement on Cooperation of the Member-States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in the Area of Development, Production, Operation, Repair, Modernisation, Prolongation of Operation and Utilisation of Products of Military Destination

Ratifies the above agreement.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 808 of June 13, 2012 "Issues of the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring"

The federal service is handed over to the President of the Russian Federation.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2820-U of May 31, 2012 on the Amendments to the Regulation of the Bank of Russia No. 302-P of March 26, 2007 on the Rules of Accounting Work in Credit Organisations Located on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Introduces a separate group of accounts for clearing operations.

Order of the Federal Service for Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 93 of April 24, 2012 on the Procedure for Publication and Putting in Force of Orders of the General Service for Regulation of the Alcoholic Market Recognised by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation As Not Needing the State Registration

Reduces the number of official sources to publish the orders of the Federal Service for Regulation of the Alcoholic Market.

Order of the Federal Service for Regulation of the Alcoholic Market No. 132 of May 30, 2012 on the Introduction and Fixing from July 1, 2012 of the Bottom Price for Purchase (Other Than Import), Supplies (Other Than Export) of Ethyl Alcohol

The bottom price makes Rbl 35 per litre from July 1.

Information of the Bank of Russia of June 15, 2012

The rate of refinancing remains the same 8% annual.

Federal Law No. 79-FZ of June 14, 2012 on Amending the Federal Law on the Securities Market and the Federal Law on the Details of Issuance of and Trading in State and Municipal Securities

Improves the procedure for issuing and trading state and municipal securities.

Federal Law No. 78-FZ of June 14, 2012 on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Adoption of the Federal Law on Compulsory Insurance of the Civil Liability of a Carrier for Harm to the Lives, Health and Property of Passengers and on the Procedure for Compensating for Such Harm Caused When Passengers Are Carried by Metro

The amendments are due to the introduction, effective January 1, 2013, of compulsory insurance of carriers' civil liabilities for causing harm to passengers' lives, health and property. In the case of death of a passenger relatives will get 2 million roubles. All means of transport, save metro and taxi, are covered.

Federal Law No. 77-FZ of June 14, 2012 on Amending Article 84.2 of the Federal Law on Joint-Stock Companies

No public offer will be sent to the holders of minority stakes when the majority interest is transferred from one public-law entity to another.

Federal Law No. 76-FZ of June 14, 2012 on Amending Article 260 of the Civil Procedural Code of the Russian Federation

The reduced term for settling electoral disputes should not infringe on citizens' constitutional rights.

Federal Law No. 74-FZ of June 14, 2012 on Amending the Law of the Russian Federation on Sub-Soil

From 2013 Russia's government will define the procedure whereby harm caused to sub-soil is assessed. Persons at fault will have to compensate voluntarily or in a judicial procedure. Whether the person is held accountable or not, compensation will have to be provided.
Effective January 1, 2013.

Federal Law No. 67-FZ of June 14, 2012 on Compulsory Insurance of the Civil Liability of a Carrier for Causing Harm to the Lives, Health or Property of Passengers and on the Procedure for Compensating for Such Harm Caused When Passengers Are Carried by Metro

Carriers' civil liabilities for harm to passengers will have to be insured from January 1, 2013 in respect of all means of transport, except for metro and taxi, otherwise no carriage is permitted. Compensation rates are set for the various cases relating to accidents, except for force majeure. Rules for carriers and insurers are provided. The new compulsory insurance scheme will replace compulsory "third party insurance" for road carriers as well as air liability insurance. International carriers will not require yet another insurance policy if they have insured their liabilities under international rules, for instance abroad, provided insured risks and indemnity sums are not below the ones specified in this law.
A guaranteed-compensation system is going to be formed. The compulsory insurance is the prerogative of the insurers which are members of a single all-Russia professional association and whose deductions maintain a compensation fund operating as a cushion for cases when an insurer goes bankrupt or looses his licence.
Compensation to metro passengers will be provided by the carrier whose duty will be to pay it out at the rates set by this law.
The law enters into force as of January 1, 2013, save some provisions with other effective dates.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 851 of June 14, 2012 on the Procedure for Declaring Terrorism Threat Alerts Envisaging the Implementation of Additional Measures for Safeguarding the Security of the Person, Society and State

Colour-coded terrorism threat alarm levels, Blue, Yellow and Red, may be declared for a term of up to 15 days as involving the implementation of various security measures.
Effective as of the date of official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 591 of June 14, 2012 on Endorsing Rules for Preparation and Adoption of Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on Definition of a Purchase and Lists and/or Groups of the Goods, Works and Services about Which Information Is Not Deemed State Secret but May Not Be Placed on an Official Website

Draft acts may be prepared by federal authorities and other bodies, and relevant proposals be filed by state companies, natural monopolies, state corporations, the utility organisations pursuing regulated types of activity, unitary enterprises, business entities with a state (municipal) stake exceeding 50% and affiliates thereof.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 584 of June 13, 2012 on Endorsing Regulations on Data Protection in Payment Systems

Data protection provisions govern the elaboration, creation, commissioning and operation of information systems. Operators and agents have to take measures for protecting data from unauthorised access, destruction, modification, copying, dissemination etc. and avoid disclosure, for instance by means of using encoding techniques and facilities. Special data protection units and persons will be appointed and the holders of data protection licences may be recruited.
In force as of July 1, 2012.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 337 of May 25, 2012 on Endorsing the Administrative Rules of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for Provision of the State Service of Considering Notices of Acquisition by a Foreign Investor or a Group Including a Foreign Investor of Five and More Per Cent of Shares (Stakes) in the Charter Capitals of the Business Associations Having Strategic Importance for National Defence and State Security

An application is filed with the antimonopoly service by a foreign investor or by the natural persons and entities included in a group with such investor, this being done in person, by post, via the internet portal dedicated to state services or a multi-function centre. It will be considered within 30 days after being registered.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2824-U of May 31, 2012 on Reporting on the Payment Systems of Payment System Operators

The form of operators' reports is established as well as rules for preparing and filing them. Every quarter an operator being a lending organisation is to file a report with the territorial institution of the Central Bank supervising the activities of its head office. An operator being a non-lending organisations will file its reports with the Bank of Russia's territorial institution in the Russia's region where the operator is registered as a legal entity.
Effective as of July 1, 2012

Letter of the Federal Tax Service No. ED-4-3/9882@ of June 15, 2012

According to this letter the new form and format of a tax return for the purposes of profit tax approved by the Federal Tax Service (Order No. MMV-7-3/174@ of March 22, 2012) due to the modification of the tax legislation envisaging to the formation of a consolidated group of taxpayers will become applicable when a tax return is filed for nine months of the Year 2012, or a tax return is filed for seven months of the Year 2012 for those who calculate monthly advance payments on the basis of profit actually received. As explained earlier, the responsible participants in consolidated groups of taxpayers may start to use the new form while filing a tax return for Quarter 1 of the Year 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 586 of June 13, 2012 on Endorsing the Regulations for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to Register the Organisations Sending Russian Federation Citizens to Destinations outside of the Russian Federation

Russian citizens sent abroad by legal entities may file travel passport applications through these entities, and in this case documents are prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Such organisations are to register with that ministry and hold a relevant certificate that is issued for one-year term and may be re-issued. Unless an organisation submits appropriate documents or provides reliable information on its constitutive documents, no registration is granted thereto.
The decision supersedes earlier provisions concerning the issue.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 583 of June 13, 2012 on the Procedure for Keeping Record of Foreign Economic Transactions for Export Control Purposes

A new procedure is established for keeping record of foreign economic transactions.
From August 1, 2011 participants in foreign economic activities shall keep record of foreign economic transactions involving only the goods, information, works, services and the results of intellectual activities (rights in respect thereof) which can be used in the creation of weapons and military equipment or terrorist activities. Accordingly, a list of pertaining goods, works and services is established.
A participant in such transactions is to keep records for at least three years and provide access thereto to the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 581 of June 13, 2012 on Licensing the Development, Manufacturing, Testing, Installation, Assembly, Maintenance, Repair, Disposing and Sale of Weapons and Military Equipment

A new licensing procedure is established for activities involving weapons and military equipment in keeping with the new Law on Licensing. It does not extend to R&D relating to the development of weapons and military equipment. The licensor is the Federal Service for Defence Orders. A set of licensing criteria and a list of required documents are provided.
The decision supersedes earlier provisions concerning this kind of licensing.

Order of the Financial Markets Service No. 12-26/pz-n of April 19, 2012 on the Bonds of Business Associations Which May Be Contributed into the Contributed Capital of a Business Partnership

Under the law on business partnerships securities cannot be contributed into the contributed capital of such legal entities, save the bonds of business associations designated by the empowered executive governmental body in charge of financial market matters. Bonds of business associations may be contributed into the contributed capital before maturity and they have to meet at least one of the following criteria: be included in a list of the securities cleared for trading on a stock market or another organiser of trade on the securities market; the face value thereof together with the face value of other floated and traded bonds does not exceed the sum of the business association's charter capital; the performance of the liabilities relating to the bonds is secured with mortgage, surety, banker's, state or municipal guarantee.
Effective from July 1, 2012.

Information Letter of the Federal Tax Service of June 18, 2012 on the Data Required for Calculating Mining Tax on Oil for the Month of May 2012

From January 1 through December 31, 2012 the rate of mining tax on oil is 446 roubles per ton of produced water-free salt-free stabilised oil. It is multiplied by the coefficients characterising world oil price variation (Kts), the degree of depletion of a specific sub-soil tract (Kv) and the amount of reserves (Kz).
For the month of May 2012 the data used in mining tax calculation is provided. With the average level of prices for Urals oil on the Mediterranean and Rotterdam oil markets of $108.89 per barrel and the average exchange rate of the US dollar to the rouble of 30.6620 the value of Kts is determined as 11.0301. The values of Kv and Kz are assessed at the taxpayer's discretion.
Thus, due to the fall of oil prices the rate of mining tax on oil has fallen as compared with the previous tax period.
The data used for the purposes of mining tax calculation for the month of April 2012 is available in the Letter of the Federal Tax Service of May 17, 2012.

Order of the Federal Antimonopoly Service No. 356 of May 30, 2012 on Endorsing the Form of the Register of Persons Held Accountable under Administrative Law for Breach of the Antimonopoly Legislation of the Russian Federation

The order provides details to be entered in the form of the register of persons held accountable for breach of the antimonopoly legislation kept by the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The persons concerned are officials of governmental and local self-government bodies held accountable for imposition of restrictions on competition as well as employees of business associations sanctioned for abuse of dominant position on a commodity market. For the latter criminal liability is possible if abuse is repeated more than twice in three years.

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-8/238@ of April 16, 2012 on Endorsing the Forms of a Document on Discovery of the Arrears of a Taxpayer (Payer of a Fee, Tax Agent, the Responsible Participant in a Consolidated Group of Taxpayers), a Claim for Payment of Tax, Fee, Penalty or Fine and Also the Documents Used by Tax Bodies in the Event of Distraint or Debt Recovery in Respect of Compulsory Payments Owing the Budget System of the Russian Federation

The order provides modified forms of the documents used by tax bodies when distraint or debt-recovery measures are taken in respect of compulsory payments owing the budget system of Russia. The new forms supersede the former ones.

Decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 82 of June 13, 2012 on the Form of a Certificate of State Registration of a Product Subject to Conformity Assessment in the Form of State Registration According to Provisions of Technical Regulations of the Customs Union

Uniform-design certificates will be issued in respect of the products subject to conformity assessment under provisions of the technical regulations of the Customs Union in the form of state registration. The design is endorsed by Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union No. 299 of May 28, 2010. This assessment concerns the conformity of some kinds of perfumes and cosmetic products as well as goods for children and teenagers.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 878 of June 18, 2012 on the Council for Economic Modernisation and Innovative Development under the President of the Russian Federation

A Council for Economic Modernisation and Innovative Development is formed under the President of the Russian Federation. Regulations on the council and its charter are endorsed. The council is chaired by the President of the Russian Federation.
Within its cognisance the council ensures the cooperation of federal, regional and local governmental bodies as well as public associations, scientific and other organisations. Inter alia the council prepares proposals for designating main guidelines and mechanisms of modernisation and defines priority lines of state regulation and the forms and methods thereof. It forms inter-departmental commissions with representatives of federal, regional and local bodies as members.
As a rule, meetings of the Council are convened at least once in six months. Decisions are formalised as instructions of the President of the Russian Federation, and decrees and orders may be issued for the purpose of realising them. The council's decisions are sent to the Government, the Federation Council, State Duma and governmental bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation. The presidium of the Council holds it meetings at least once a month, with its decisions being formalised as instructions of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation.
The Commission for Modernisation and the Technological Development of the Economy of Russia has been abolished.
The Decree enters into force when signed.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 876 of June 18, 2012 on the Presidential Directorate for Public Relations and Communications

It is decided to form a Presidential Directorate for Public Relations and Communications within the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation. Regulations on the newly formed directorate are approved.
The directorate is a self-sustained unit of the Administration. Its objectives are set as follows: analysing the positions of mass media, the public opinion concerning the implementation of state policies in the various fields and feeding information concerning it on real-time basis to the President of the Russian Federation, coordinating information support for international events in Russia and abroad (like the Sochi Winter Olympics). The directorate's functions encompass the coordination of operation of the press services of federal executive governmental bodies in terms of implementing presidential decisions of special importance, participation in event planning etc.
Effective when signed.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 597 of June 18, 2012 on Amending the List of Codes of the Foodstuffs in Accordance with the All-Russia Classification of Products Which Are Subject to Value Added Tax at the Rate of Ten Per Cent at Sale

The list of codes of the foodstuffs subject to VAT at sale at the rate of 10% has been modified. The adjustments affected dairy products (including cheeses), vegetable oils, baby mixes, infant food and diabetic foods.
Moreover, some products have been removed from the list of the goods subject to said rate at sale. Among them are fruit and vegetable diabetic preserves, cottage-cheese items and dairy beverages for baby feeding.
Effective as of the time of official publication.
Confectionery, semi-cooked foods, animal-feed fats and those used in bakery will not be taxed at 10% rate after one month since the publication of the decision (but not before the first day of the next tax period for VAT purposes).

Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No. 404 of May 15, 2012 on Endorsing the Forms of Certificates of Recognition of Foreign States' Documents on Academic Degrees and Academic Titles on the Territory of the Russian Federation and on the Technical Requirements Applicable Thereto

In the past applicants received relevant certificates as the result of recognition and establishment of the equivalency of their foreign states' documents concerning academic qualifications and ranks.
Starting from February 1, 2012 applicants receive certificates of recognition of foreign states' documents on academic degrees and titles on the territory of Russia. The forms thereof and the technical requirements applicable thereto are established.
The certificate confirms that a foreign state's document confers the same academic and/or professional rights on the holder thereof as those possessed by the holders of state-approved design documents concerning an academic degree (title).
Printed certificate forms are counterfeit-proof.
The Order on Endorsing the Forms of Certificates of Recognition and of Establishing the Equivalency of Foreign States' Documents on Academic Degrees and Titles on the Territory of the Russian Federation is deemed no longer effective.

Resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 11 of June 14, 2012 on the Practices of Courts' Hearing Cases Relating to the Extradition of Persons for Criminal Prosecution or Execution of a Sentence and Also the Extradition of Persons for Serving Sentences

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation provided clarifications concerning the extradition of persons for criminal prosecution or execution of a sentence and also the extradition of persons for serving sentences. A person may be extradited to a foreign state if the offence in connection with which extradition was requested is punishable under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and the legislation of the state that requested it. Extraditing and handing over a person and recognising a foreign state's court's judgement are to be based on an international treaty of the Russian Federation or on the principle of reciprocity. Accordingly, courts have to find out if the requesting foreign state is party to an international treaty of the Russian Federation.
Grounds for refusing extradition are provided. For instance, no extradition is possible to a state being party to the European Convention on Extradition if there is immunity by reason of lapse of time from criminal prosecution or punishment. Courts' attention is drawn up to the fact that the conditions and grounds for refusing to extradite someone are provided not only in the Criminal Procedural Code of the Russian Federation and other laws but also in international treaties of the Russian Federation.
While a person is held in custody awaiting an extradition request courts have to consider other measures of restraint that might be sufficient to ensure the possible extradition of the person. If no other measure of constraint may be chosen this has to be explained in a court's judgement.
According to an international treaty of the Russian Federation a person may be extradited to serve a sentence not only in the state whose citizen he/she is but also to the one where he/she permanently resides.
A list of officially published international treaties of the Russian Federation dealing with extradition matters is provided.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 596 of June 18, 2012 on Amending Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 982 of December 1, 2009

From July 1 the conformity of goods intended for children and of cosmetics, perfumes and some other products with the provisions of technical regulations of the Customs Union requires confirmation. Five technical regulations of the Customs Union enter into force as of July 1, 2012, concerning the safety of package, light industry products and of products intended for children and teenagers as well as toys, perfumes and cosmetics. Accordingly, the lists of the products subject to compulsory certification or declaration of conformity in the System GOST R are adjusted.
The decision enters into force as of July 1, 2012. The certificates and declarations of conformity will keep effective until the expiry of their effective term but in any case not after July 1, 2014 for light industry products, cosmetics and perfumes, and until February 15, 2014 for other items. Said products may be manufactured and traded in accordance with the provisions of GOST standards. The products and packing made under said documents need not be re-marked with the conformity mark.

Regulations of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia) N 380-P of May 31, 2012 on the Procedure for Observation in the National Payment System

The Bank of Russia monitors the state of affairs in the national payment system, observing the activities of operators and of other entities acting in the national payment system as well as the development of payment systems and infrastructure. This is done by sending binding requests for provision of the necessary information to entities acting in the national payment system and by holding working meetings with authorised representatives thereof etc.
A significant payment system will be appraised by the Central Bank at least once in two years, the procedure being completed within three months. The objective is to assess the degree to which observed organisations and the significant payment systems related thereto meet the recommendations of the Bank of Russia. The results of the appraisal shall be published.
At least once in two years the Bank of Russia will prepare a review of the results of the entire observation.
The regulations enter into force as of July 1, 2012.

Direction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia) No. 2827-U of June 4, 2012

Rules for furnishing information on the persons significantly affecting the decisions taken by the managerial bodies of a bank are modified. Shareholders having less than 1% of votes have to be mentioned in information on the persons significantly affecting the decision-taking of the bank's managerial bodies. The information is published on the official website of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. If a bank refuses to place information on such website a notice is to be sent to the Bank of Russia's territorial institution.
This direction enters into force upon the expiry of ten days after being officially published in Vestnik Banka Rossii.

Direction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia) No. 2831-U of June 9, 2012

The forms of reports are established as well as rules for drawing up and filing such reports in respect of data protection in the course of money remittances of three categories of operators, i.e. payment systems, payment infrastructure services and money remittance services.
Effective from July 1, 2012

Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/346@ of May 22, 2012 on Amending Order of the Federal Tax Service No. MMV-7-3/656@ of October 24, 2011

Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, effective July 1, 2012, affect the procedure for excise tax payment when transactions involve excisable goods and also the details of exemption from taxation when the goods are sold to foreign countries.
Thus, producers of alcohol products are exempt from the duty to pay excise tax in advance if a banker's guarantee is filed with the tax body together with the relevant notice. If taxpayers have paid excise tax on products sold in Russia in the amount shown in that banker's guarantee the tax body notifies the bank of relief from liabilities under the guarantee, this being done not later than on the day following the completion of verification of the tax return concerning excise taxes. The taxpayers which export their products and have to pay excise tax in advance are entitled to submit one banker's guarantee to the tax body for relief from the duty to pay the excise tax accrued on the exported products and also the excise tax advance payment.
Unless the taxpayer is in arrears on excise taxes, penalties or fines, the tax body sends a notice of relief from the liabilities under the guarantee to the bank.
Effective as of July 1, 2012

Order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation No. 435n of May 2, 2012 on Endorsing the Procedure for the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation to Provide a Non-State Pension Fund with the Information Required for Non-State Pension Funds to Administer the Accumulated Portion of a Labour Pension and Also Other Disbursements Effected with Accumulated Pension Funds

When a non-state pension fund is in need of information for the purposes of administering the accumulated portion of a labour pension and other disbursements effected with accumulated pension funds the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation shall provide such information. A procedure is defined for sending such information.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 53n of April 26, 2012 on Endorsing the Forms of, and Due Dates for Filing, Reports on Lotteries

The forms of reports are confirmed in respect of three types of lotteries, i.e. all-Russia state (regional), non-state and promotion ones. Reports shall be filed for national level to the Federal Tax Service and for the regional level to the empowered executive governmental body of the relevant subject of the Russian Federation. Organisers (operators) are responsible for this.
Also, the form of a report on the regional non-state and promotion lotteries registered on the territory of a subject of Russia as well as municipal lotteries is provided.
Two acts of the Ministry of Finance are deemed no longer effective: the one endorsing the Rules for Monitoring State Lotteries and Non-State Lotteries Conducted on Behalf of a Municipality and Also the Forms of, and the Term for Filing, Reports on Them, and the one establishing the forms and term for filing reports on lotteries and the methodology for conducting lotteries.
Effective from July 1, 2012.

Order of the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation No. 131 of May 30, 2012 on Establishing and Introducing, Effective July 1, 2012, the Prices below Which the Purchase (Except for Import), Delivery (Except for Export) and Retail Sale of Alcohol Products over 28 Per Cent Proof Is Inadmissible

Minimum admissible prices for alcohol products are raised, effective from July 1, 2012. For instance vodka supplied by a producer will not be sold below 101 roubles per a half-litre bottle (77.7 roubles before). If sold by someone else, it will not be below 112 roubles, and in retail it will be 128 roubles and higher.
The new prices do not extend to alcohol products export and import.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2829-U of June 7, 2012 on the Procedure for an Money Remittance Operator to Notify the Bank of Russia of the Commencement of Participation in a Payment System for the Purposes of Transborder Money Remittance

Money remittance operators (except for the Central Bank of the Russian Federation) may take part in payment systems for the purposes of transborder money remittance, provided the Bank of Russia is notified accordingly. A procedure for doing so is defined and a pertinent document form is provided.
At least ten days after the beginning of participation in a payment system a lending organisation is to send a notice in writing to the territorial institution of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation responsible for supervision over the operation of its head office. Within the same term Vneshekonombank is to notify the Moscow Head Territorial Directorate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
The direction enters into force ten days after its official publication. If as of the direction's effective date an operator has been already taking part in a payment system for transborder money remittance he is to send a notice within ten calendar days after that date.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2830-U of June 9, 2012 on Requirements Applicable to the Lending Institutions and Foreign Banks in Which the Central Depositary Is Entitled to Place Funds

In which lending institutions and foreign banks is the central depositary entitled to place funds in correspondent accounts and deposits? The requirements to be met by such institutions and banks are established. For instance, a lending institution formed under Russian law is to have a long-term international credit rating at "BBB-" or higher (Fitch Ratings or Standard&Poor's) or "3" (Moody's Investors Service).
Also a foreign bank incorporated in the countries having country risk category 0 or 1 is to have a similar international rating.
Same country risk categories are required from the states of incorporation of the foreign banks acting as international centralised systems intended to keep record of the rights to securities and/or to settle accounts in respect thereof or central depositaries according to the law of the country where they are based. It also concerns the banks settling accounts for securities according to the results of trading on foreign stock exchanges or other regulated markets or effecting clearing according to the results of such trading.
Country risk categories are shown in accordance with the classification of the export credit agencies being party to the OECD's Arrangement on Guidelines for Officially Supported Export Credits.
Apart from that funds may be placed in a foreign bank which is incorporated in a member state of the Commonwealth of Independent States and acts as a central depositary according to the law of the country where it is located.
The direction enters into force upon the expiry of ten days after its official publication in Vestnik Banka Rossii.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2832-U of June 9, 2012 on the Details of Rules of the Payment Systems Within which Money Remittances Take Place for Transactions Concluded in Organised Trading

By January 1, 2013 the rules of payment systems are to be brought in line with newly adopted provisions in as much as its concerns money remittance for transactions concluded in organised trading.
Such rules should envisage the methods of interaction of a payment system operator with a clearing organisation, save cases when the clearing organisation is party to the payment system or when such methods are established by a contract concluded by the clearing organisation with the payment system operator. The rules will also define how a payment clearing centre (settlement centre) is to cooperate with a clearing organisation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 607 of June 19, 2012 on the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation has been transformed into
Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation. Its functions in the area of youth policy are assigned to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and those in the area of tourism to the Ministry of Culture of Russia.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 615 of June 19, 2012 on Endorsing the Rules for Keeping a State Register of Medical Articles and of the Producers and Manufacturers Thereof

Rules are provided for keeping a state register of medical articles and of the producers and manufacturers thereof. The register is a federal information system run by the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health.
The decision enters into force as of July 1, 2012.
Information on the articles registered in Russia before that date are subject to inclusion in the register.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 614 of June 19, 2012 on Amending Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 323 of June 30, 2004

The Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health and Social Development has become the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health. The powers thereof have been modified, for instance it is no longer responsible for monitoring the observance of state standards of provision of social services, the procedure for establishing the degree of loss of occupational working ability due to on-the-job accidents and occupational diseases. And it does not monitor the operation of guardianship bodies.
It is in line with the splitting of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation into two separate ministries, the one for public health and the other for labour and social protection.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 613 of June 19, 2012 on Setting the Level of Living Wage on Per Capita Basis for the Main Social-Demographic Groups and as a Whole for the Population for the Russian Federation for Quarter I of 2012

Per capita living wage for Quarter I of 2012 is equal to 6,307 roubles for Russia as a whole, 6,827 roubles for able-bodied population, 4,963 roubles for pensioners and 6,070 for children. In the preceding Quarter it was 6,209, 6,710, 4,902, and 5,993 roubles respectively.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 609 of June 19, 2012 on Amending Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 206 of April 11, 2005

The functions of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency are modified in line with the reform of federal executive governmental bodies structure. The agency is under the jurisdiction of the newly formed Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 601 of June 19, 2012 on Amending Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 420 of June 2, 2008

The status of the Federal State Statistics Service is amended due to the reform of federal executive governmental bodies structure. Now the service is directed by the Government of the Russian Federation (previously it was under the Ministry of Economic Deployment of the Russian Federation), and its powers have expanded, for instance it submits draft normative acts to the government concerning the all-Russia census and other federal statistical observation techniques etc.

Federal Law No. 85-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Article 21 of the Federal Law on the Development Bank

The disbursement reserve maintained in the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation as relating to the accumulated portions of pensions will be under the trust management of Vneshekonombank.
From July 1, 2012 accumulated pension funds will start to be paid out to citizens. Those who made additional contributions may choose either to receive a pension disbursement during at least ten years or the accumulated portion of old-age labour pensions. To finance the latter the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation maintains the disbursement reserve.

Federal Law No. 83-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Deeming as No Longer Effective Paragraphs 2 and 4 of Part 2 of Article 7 of the Federal Law on Mortgage Securities

The list of binding standard ratios for the lending institutions issuing mortgage-secured bonds is reduced.
The ratio N 19 has been removed in line with the amendments to the legislation according to which the assets making up the mortgage collateral that secures the performance of obligations relating to bonds is not included in the bankrupt's estate. Accordingly, N 19 is of no significance. Moreover, lending institutions are not required to observe N 17, i.e. the minimum ratio of the amount of provided mortgage-secured loans and owner's equity (capital).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 616 of June 21, 2012 on Endorsing the List of the Goods, Works and Services Purchased in an Electronic Form

Which goods, works and services the companies having a stake of the state and natural monopolies have to purchase in an electronic form?
A list of such items is established. It concerns state companies, natural monopoly entities, state corporations, the organisations pursuing regulated types of activity in the field of electricity, gas, heat and water supply, water removal and disposal of solid household waste, unitary enterprises, autonomous institutions, business associations with a state (municipal) stake of over 50% as well as the affiliates thereof.
The list includes for instance paper, printed matter, office items, computers, medical devices, motor vehicles and parts for them, natural water etc., as well as motor-vehicle and office-appliance maintenance and repair services.
No electronic purchase is compulsory when information about purchase is not subject to placement in the internet or if a product (service) is bought from a sole supplier. Also the rule does not extend to emergencies.
Effective one month after the date of official publication.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 611 of June 19, 2012 on Amending the Regulations on the Federal Labour and Employment Service

Responsibility for control and supervision functions in the field of social protection has been vested in the Federal Labour and Employment Service due to the change of the federal executive governmental bodies structure. The service is now under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 610 of June 19, 2012 on Endorsing the Regulations on the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 21, 2012 transformed the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development into the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.
Regulations on the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation are endorsed. The ministry is responsible for elaborating and implementing state policies and for normative legal regulation in the field of demography, labour, pensions and social insurance (except for compulsory medical insurance) etc. The Federal Labour and Employment Service reports to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation. Also the ministry co-ordinates the activities of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation.
The decision enters into force upon the expiry of seven days after official publication, save specific provisions effective as of July 1, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 608 of June 19, 2012 on Endorsing the Regulations on the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation

By a presidential decree the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development is transformed into the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.
Regulations on the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation are endorsed. The ministry carries out the functions of elaborating and implementing state policies and normative legal regulation in such areas as public health, compulsory medical insurance, handling of medicines for medical purposes, including prevention of diseases, medical assistance, health rehabilitation, medical examinations (except for medical-social and military-medical ones), pharmaceutical activities, for instance ensuring the quality, effectiveness and safety of medicines etc. Also it deals with the sanitary-epidemiological wellbeing of the public, medical support to employees of hazardous sectors of economy, medical assessment of the effects of hazardous physical and chemical factors on the human body, health resort matters etc.
Apart from that, the ministry manages state properties and provide state services in public health.
The ministry co-ordinates and monitors the activities of the Federal Service for Supervision over Public Health, the Federal Medical and Biological Agency, the federal state institutions and federal state unitary enterprises which report thereto. Also it co-ordinates the activities of the Federal Fund for Obligatory Medical Insurance

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 604 of June 19, 2012 on the Federal Service for Defence Orders

Rosoboronzakaz (The Federal Service for Defence Orders) has acquired the powers to produce normative acts. The service which previously was under the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation now reports directly to the Government of the Russian Federation.
New regulations on the service are endorsed. The field of the service's activities has remained the same, i.e. control and supervision concerning defence orders and the deliveries of secret goods (works and services). Rosoboronzakaz is empowered to carry out normative legal regulation in this field.

Review of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of June 20, 2012 "Review of the Judicial Practices of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for Quarter I of the Year 2012"

The review traditionally presents a set of materials dedicated to controversial aspects of civil-law and criminal-law cases concerning for instance contracts of simple partnership, land ownership and lease, protection of consumers' rights, labour disputes, occupational diseases etc.

Resolution of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 13 of June 19, 2012

Clarifications are provided to courts concerning the various aspects of application of the civil procedural legislation governing proceedings in a court of appellate instance.

Information Letter of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 150 of May 22, 2012

The letter analyses practices in cases relating to the dismissal of bankruptcy receivers. Ground for dismissing a bankruptcy receiver may be the minutes of a meeting of creditors who decided to refer to court for such purpose. In this case the lack of a petition proper does not prevent the hearing of the case. Also a petition of the creditors committee may serve as such ground, even though no decision on that matter is taken by a meeting of creditors.
Causing actual losses is dealt with to show that if no exact amount of actual losses has been established, the bankruptcy receiver may be dismissed if it is established that they could have occurred due to his fault. A definition of "actual losses" is provided.
If a bankruptcy receiver fails to indemnify actual losses in one bankruptcy case this may serve as ground for his being removed in another proceeding.
If a winding-up proceeding has been completed and the bankruptcy receiver has filed a report (with no grounds for refusing to confirm it) on the results thereof with a court then the court is entitled to refuse to dismiss the receiver, even though there are reasons for doing so, because if such petition were upheld it would not cause the reinstatement of the rights infringed upon.

Federal Law No. 94-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Parts 1 an 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

These amendments affect special taxation regimes. A licence-based simplified taxation system may be practiced without cash registers on the condition that if the buyer so wishes the seller is to provide a receipt for the money received. Rules for taxation in such case are provided.
The licence-based trade system is going to be instituted by laws of Russia's regions. The previously effective list of the relevant types of activity is cut from 69 to 47. The newly inserted items include dry-cleaning, dyeing and laundering and hiring services, passenger and cargo carriage by waterways, excursion services and retail trade.
Effective as of January 1, 2013, save some provisions with other effective dates.

Federal Law No. 93-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on Issues of State Control (Supervision) and Municipal Control

Improvements are made in state control (supervision) and municipal control in the field of land, environmental, housing and building supervision as well as the licensing of printed matter production, fire-fighting, hazardous waste disposal, trade in alcohol and the commissioning of sources of radiation.
For instance, off-schedule inspections of economic entities do not require prior notification if harm is inflicted to historical and cultural monuments. The powers of Moscow authorities to carry out a state expert examination of the design documents pertaining to unique sites and to exercise building supervision over them are extended until 2017. The content of federal state supervision over trading in medicines is adjusted.
Effective as of the date of its official publication, save some provisions.

Federal Law No. 92-FZ of June 25, 2012 on the Ratification of the Treaty on the Unified Board of the Customs Services of the Member States of the Customs Union

A Unified Board of the Customs Services of the Member States of the Customs Union is instituted. It will co-ordinate the activities of the customs services, take part in the formation of the uniform legal base of the Customs Union and ensure a uniform application of the customs legislation of the Customs Union.
Decisions of the board will be adopted by consensus. The functions of the Secretariat of the Board are vested in the Federal Customs Service of Russia.

Federal Law No. 91-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending the Federal Law on the General Principles of Organisation of Local Self-Government in the Russian Federation

The Law on the General Principles of Organisation of Local Self-Government has been amended to update certain issues, like heat, electricity, gas, water supply, water removal etc.

Federal Law No. 90-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Article 15 of the Federal Law on the Status of Military Servicemen and Articles 9 and 13 of the Federal Law on the Accumulation Mortgage System Intended to Provide Living Quarters to Military Servicemen

Laws on the status of military servicemen and the provision of living quarters to military servicemen have been adjusted and clarified.

Federal Law No. 89-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Article 101 of the Federal Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Health of Citizens in the Russian Federation

The law concerns trading in the medical items which are registered in the procedure established by the Government of Russia or the empowered federal executive body. That provision in respect of state registration procedure was to be applicable starting from July 1, 2012. However no normative legal act endorsing the new registration procedure has been adopted. Accordingly the due date is extended to January 1, 2013.

Federal Law No. 88-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Article 54 of the Federal Law on Police and Article 6 of the Federal Law on Amending the Federal Law on Bailiffs and Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Police will keep foreigners and stateless persons deported from Russia on police premises until 2013, not thereafter. Effective January 1, 2012, according to the Law on Police police ceased to carry out the duty to effect the administrative deportation of foreigners and stateless persons. Police had to keep deported persons on special premises of internal affairs bodies until relevant institutions get created and commissioned by regional executive governmental bodies, with July 1, 2012 being the deadline. Now the deadline is moved to January 1, 2013.

Federal Law No. 87-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending Article 178 of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Russian Federation (it is not in force)

Unidentified corpses have to undergo DNA tests and registration, apart from photography and fingerprinting.

Federal Law No. 86-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending the Arbitration Procedural Code of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Improvement of the Simplified Procedure

The purpose of the amendments is to improve the simplified arbitration judicial and appellate proceedings.
For instance now the simplified procedure is applicable to the following categories of cases: the collection of funds if the amount is up to 300,000 roubles for legal entities and 100,000 roubles for individual entrepreneurs, the contesting of non-normative legal acts and decisions of bodies relating to claims for amounts of up to 100,000 roubles, cases of administrative liability envisaging only a fine of up to 100,000 roubles and the collection of compulsory payments and sanctions totalling up to 100,000 roubles.
The simplified procedure do not apply to corporate disputes and cases of protection of the rights and legal interests of a group of persons.
Term for consideration of a claim (application) is extended to two months. A decision taken in a case is subject to appeal within ten days instead of one month and it takes effect immediately.
The law enters into force upon the expiry of 90 days after official publication.

Federal Law No. 82-FZ of June 25, 2012 on the Administration of the Budget of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation for the Year 2004

The results of administration of the budget of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation for 2004 are produced.

Federal Law No. 81-FZ of June 25, 2012 on Amending the Federal Law on the Budget of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation for the Year 2012 and for the Planned Period 2013 and 2014

The law on the budget of the Pension Fund for 2012-2014 is amended to reflect the resources of the disbursement reserve.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 55n of April 27, 2012 on Amending Normative Legal Acts on Bookkeeping

The bookkeeping of socially-oriented not-for-profit organisations is now made easier. Amendments are made in the accounting regulations PBU 9/99, PBU 10/99, PBU 19/02, PBU 1/2008 and some others.
The amendments enter into force starting from the annual statements for the Year 2012.

Regulations of the Bank of Russia No. 377-P of April 28, 2012 on the Procedure for a Bank to Inform a Tax Body in an Electronic Form about the Grant or Termination of the Right to Use Corporate Electronic Payment Facilities for the Purpose of Electronic Money Remittances and about Change of the Details of a Corporate Electronic Payment Facility

A procedure is provided for a bank to inform electronically a tax body about the termination or grant of the right of using corporate electronic payment facilities for money remittance purposes. Such right may belong to institutions, individual entrepreneurs, private notaries, the lawyers who have instituted barristers/solicitors offices and also investment partnerships.
The procedure enters into force as of November 6, 2012.

Federal Law No. 95-FZ of June 27, 2012 on Amending Article 1.1 of the Federal Law on the Days of Military Glory and Commemorative Dates of Russia

April 27 is declared as "Day of Russian Parliamentarism" to commemorate that day of 1906 when the first State Duma of Russia commenced its deliberations.

Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 906 of June 27, 2012 on the Functions of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

According to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 21, 2012 the activities of Rospatent are directed by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and those of the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation. Accordingly, it is no longer mentioned that the agency and the service report to the Government of the Russian Federation.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has acquired the functions of elaborating state policies and normative legal regulation in respect of forestry relationships. Rosleskhoz no longer is responsible for control and supervision over forestry matters.
The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has acquired the functions of elaborating state policies and normative legal regulation in the field of control and supervision over the legal protection and use of the results of intellectual property created with federal budget funds and also control and supervision in said field in respect of state customers and the organisations acting as contractors under state R&D contracts.
At the same time Rospatent has lost its powers to exercise normative legal regulation in the field of control, supervision and provision of state services in the established area of activity.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 634 of June 25, 2012 on the Types of Electronic Signature One May Use While Applying for State and Municipal Services

Rules are provided for defining the types of electronic signature that may be used when someone is applying for state and municipal services.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 630 of June 25, 2012 on Support to the Federal Executive Governmental Bodies and the Top Executive Governmental Bodies of Subjects of the Russian Federation in Their Implementing Administrative Reform in 2012

Measures are provided for implementing administrative reform in Russia in 2012, including financing and rules for provision of assistance.
A subject of the Russian Federation may seek a subsidy granted on the basis of a decision of the Government of the Russian Federation if there is a normative legal act endorsing a programme for lowering administrative barriers and enhancing the quality and accessibility of state and municipal services on the territory thereof.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 618 of June 25, 2012 on Endorsing the Rates of Export Customs Duties on Crude Oil and Some Categories of Petroleum Products Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation and the Territories of the Member States of the Agreements on the Customs Union

The rate of export duty on oil is reduced effective July 1.
For instance, the rate for oil is cut from $ 419.8 per ton to $ 369.3. The rate for oil with density from 694.7 to 887.6 kg/cu. m at 20 and sulphur from 0.04 to 1.5 weight-percent is $ 173 (instead of $210.8). The exception is oil from Talakan (Eastern Block),West-Ayan, Yarakta and Markovo oil & gas condensate fields and Alinskoye and Danilovskoye gas & oil fields. It is subject to export duty on general terms at the rate of $369.3.
The rate for propylene trimers and tetramers is reduced from $ 27.2 to 24. The rates for light and medium distillates, gasoils, fluid fuels, oils, spent petroleum products, petrolatum, mineral waxes (with some exceptions) and similar products, oil coke and bitumen etc. are set at $243.7 instead of 277. Some exceptions are still taxed at zero rate.
Propane, butane, ethylene, propylene, butylene, butadiene and other liquefied gases at export are now taxed at the rate of $133 ($237.1 before).
Effective July 1, 2012.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 602 of June 19, 2012 on the Accreditation of the Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories (Centres) Which Carry out the Work of Confirming Conformity, Appraising Accreditation Experts and Also on the Recruitment and Selection of Accreditation Experts and Technical Experts to Take Part in Accreditation

New rules are provided for the accreditation of certification bodies and testing laboratories involved in the confirmation of conformity. The Federal Accreditation Service (Rosakkreditatsiya) is a service specifically set up to carry out accreditation. Accreditation criteria are defined by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. A certificate of accreditation is issued for a five-year term. It may be terminated if irregularities are discovered during inspections.
The new rules enter into force four months after signing. An accreditation document issued earlier will keep effective until the end of its effective term.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 95 of June 7, 2012 on Endorsing the Form of the Notice Whereby a Notary Notifies a Pledgor/Mortgagor (Debtor) of the Performance of a Secured Obligation

If a debtor defaults on or improperly performs a secured obligation the pledged (mortgaged) item may become the subject matter of levy of execution on a notary's writ of enforcement in a prejudicial procedure, if the contract of pledge/mortgage comprises such clause and is attested by a notary.
While producing a writ of enforcement a notary is first to propose that the pledgor/mortgagor (debtor) perform his obligation voluntarily within seven days, with a notice to this effect being sent thereto. Unless the notice is complied with, levy of execution takes place.

Information Message of the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation of June 25, 2012 on the Need for Re-Issuance of an Effective Licence

From July 1, 2012 licences for the production, storage and delivery of produced wines, alcoholic beverages and alcohol-containing foodstuff items are to be re-issued. The definitions of "ethyl alcohol", "wine", "alcohol-containing foodstuff products" are updated and definitions are provided for new products like "liqueur wine", "fruit wine" and "wine beverage".
A licence re-issuance application is to be filed with the licensor within 30 days after the occurrence of relevant circumstances and it is to contain the reasons for the re-issuance.

Information Message the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation of June 21, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012 the basic notions of types of activity and types of products used for the purposes of the Law on State Regulation of the Production of and Trade in Ethyl Alcohol, Alcohol Products and Alcohol-Containing Products are modified. Accordingly, relevant licences have to be re-issued. The application form is available on the internet website of the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation.

The Budget Message of President of the Russian Federation V.Putin of June 28, 2012 on Budget Policies in 2013-2015

In his budget message for 2013-2015 President Putin highlighted seven problems. First, there is a significant oil and gas deficit. Second, the structure of budget expenditures is not best suited to provide incentives for economic development. It manifests itself in the deficiency of funding for infrastructure, education and science projects. Third, a low level of the financial and economic feasibility studies underlying the decisions that lead to new expenditure undertakings. Fourth, frequently the effectiveness of budget spending is low and the socioeconomic effects thereof are incommensurate to the amount of funds spent. Fifth, inter-budget relationships are not fully tuned to encourage regional and local authorities to foster favourable conditions for entrepreneurial and investment activities, and dependence on financial aid from other budgets is high. Sixth, the budget policy is unclear for the public as the need for and the essence of authorities' decisions and actions are not properly disclosed. Seventh, permanent segmentary modifications of the tax legislation. Continuous anticipation of such amendments hinders the implementation of long-term investment projects.
The objective of the budget policy for 2013 and for the mid-term period is a cardinal enhancement of the quality of strategic governance in economy and public finance. To achieve it ten basic goals shall be pursued. First, the budget policy is to become a more effective tool of implementing the socioeconomic policy of the state. Second, the budget is to be administered on the basis of state programmes. Third, the mechanisms of implementation of and the supply of resources for the state programmes and the alignment thereof with the long-term goals of socioeconomic policy of the state. Fourth, the quality of municipal and state services provided to the public is to be enhanced. Fifth, macroeconomic stability and budget sustainability are to be ensured. Sixth, parameters are to be set for further development of the pension system to cater for demographic changes in the structure of the population. Seventh, the taxation system is to be adjusted to improve the quality of investment climate, boost entrepreneurial activities, improve the structure of the economy and rise its competitiveness. Eighth, a new phase of development of inter-budget relationships is to be implemented as broadening the self-sustainability and accountability of the regions. Ninth, Russia's government is to ensure Russia's permanent access to debt markets on acceptable terms, cut the cost of borrowing and expenses towards debt liabilities, get additional income from the management of the Reserve Fund and the National Wealth Fund. Tenth, the transparency and openness of the budget and budget process for the public is to be ensured.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 642 of June 26, 2012 on the Federal Executive Governmental Bodies Authorised to Keep an Official Internet Website when Goods, Works and Services Are Purchased by Some Types of Legal Entities

Information on the purchase of goods, works and services by certain types of legal entities is to be placed on the official internet website at the following address: www.zakupki.gov.ru. Responsibility for keeping this website is vested in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Federal Treasury.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 635 of June 25, 2012 on Amending and Deeming as No Longer Effective Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on Issues of Licensing Some Types of Activity

Acts of Russia's government are brought in line with the Law on Licensing Some Types of Activity. This concerns expedient measures for preventing counterfeiting in respect of the securities forms used in Russia. Earlier such measures were intended for the legal entities being holders of licences for making securities forms. Now they are of importance for the organisations holding licences for making and selling counterfeit-proof printed matter.
Also water supply matters are clarified.
Among the acts deemed no longer effective there are regulations on licensing building activities (1996), electricity sale to the public (2005) and the manufacturing and repair of metering devices (2006).

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 631 of June 25, 2012 on Amending the Regulations on the Federal Antimonopoly Service

The powers of the Federal Antimonopoly Service are broadened to be in line with the Law on the Purchase of Goods, Works and Services by Some Types of Legal Entities.
Thus, the service now endorses the procedure for determining the aggregate stake of Russia, a region, a municipal formation and a legal entity in the charter capitals of business associations. Also it elaborates the procedure for notifying customers of a change in the aggregate stake in the charter capital of business associations. Approval is such cases has to be sought from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
According to clarifications the Federal Antimonopoly Service is responsible for keeping the registers of mala fide suppliers envisaged by the Law on the Purchase of Goods, Works and Services by Some Types of Legal Entities and the Law on the Placement of Orders for Delivery of Goods, Performance of Works and Provision of Services for State and Municipal Needs.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 220 of June 1, 2012 on Amending the Methodology of Assessing the Cost of Building Products on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Inter alia the method of calculating a contingency reserve for unforeseen works and costs is updated. The amount of the reserve shall not exceed 2% for non-industrial major construction sites, 3% for industrial ones and 10% for unique major construction sites as well as atomic power plants, space-flight infrastructure, Class 1 hydraulic engineering structures and metro.

Information of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation of June 27, 2012 "The Territories Joined with Moscow Shift to Code "495"

Updated dialling rules are provided due to the change of the boundaries between the City of Moscow and Moscow Region, effective July 1, 2012. Phone codes are changed and new figures inserted in phone numbers on the territories so joined to Moscow. Phone operators are obliged to inform users accordingly. Transition period to the new system is from July 1 through September 1, 2012.

Information Message of the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation of June 27, 2012 "For Alcohol Market Operators"

The Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation announced that declarations of retail sales of alcohol products and the output and sales of beer and beer beverages for Quarters I and II of 2012 are going to be accepted until September 1, 2012. Accordingly the organisations pursuing relevant types of activity have to undergo a registration procedure on a personal account of the service. Information is available from a hot line service and an official forum.

Information Message of the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation of June 26, 2012 on a Statement for a SMR Note Concerning Ethyl Alcohol, Alcohol Products and Alcohol-Containing Products

The updated form of a statement relating to a SMR note for ethyl alcohol, alcohol products and alcohol-containing products endorsed by decision of Russia's government No. 422 of May 2, 2012 is applicable from May 22, 2012.
An exhibit explaining the completion of Sections A and B of the form is available on the official internet website of the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation. If Sections A and B had been drawn up before May 22, 2012 they need not be re-made.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 656 of June 28, 2012 on Endorsing a List of the Foodstuffs Produced with or without the Use of Ethyl Alcohol Made from Food Raw Materials and/or Alcohol-Containing Products with Ethyl Alcohol Content of over 0.5 Per Cent of a Finished Product Not Deemed Alcohol Product

Kvas, kefir, cyder, honey wine, chocolate, ice-cream, summer sausage and some other products are not deemed "alcohol products" even though they contain ethanol.
From July 1, 2012 alcohol products include all foodstuffs containing over 0.5% of ethyl alcohol, and therefore, a licence is required for the production, storage, delivery and retail sale thereof.
Still, the Russian government is entitled to define a list of the products not deemed "alcohol products" despite a certain quantity of ethanol contained therein. Such list has been endorsed.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 648 of June 28, 2012 on Licensing the Carriage of Ethyl Alcohol (Including Denatured One) and Non-Packed Alcohol-Containing Products with Ethyl Alcohol Content of over 25 Per Cent by Volume of Finished Product

Ethyl alcohol (including denatured one) and non-packed alcohol-containing products with ethyl alcohol content exceeding 25% by volume of finished product may be carried by road under a hazardous-cargo carriage licence. For road carriage licences are issued by the Federal Service on Alcohol Market Regulation, and for rail, inland-waterway and sea, by the Federal Service for Supervision over Transport. For air carriage it must be a cargo carriage licence (except for cases when carriage takes place for the own needs of a legal entity or individual entrepreneur).
The licence-seeker is to own or otherwise possess properly equipped motor vehicles and technical facilities. A licence is issued for a term of up to five years.
The procedure does not extend to road carriage of products placed under the procedure of customs transit.
Effective from July 1, 2012.

Regulations of the Bank of Russia No. 383-P of June 19, 2012 on Money Remittance Rules

New roubles money remittance rules are established for the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and lending institutions in Russia. This is due to the adoption of the Law on the National Payment System. The new provision extends to all clients of lending institutions (both natural persons and legal entities) and to money remittances involving Vneshekonombank.
The Central Bank's provisions on cashless settlements of accounts in Russia and on the procedure for natural persons to effect them are no longer effective.
Banks remit funds by means of bank accounts and without opening such accounts under remittance instructions.
The following forms of cashless settlements of accounts are envisaged: payment instructions; letter of credit; cash collection instructions; cheques; money remittance on request of a beneficiary, i.e. direct debit (payment claims were used before); and electronic money remittance.
Transactions involving cash are envisaged as interim stages, like handing cash out to and receiving cash from individuals.
The new regulations do not include the previously effective provision concerning cashless settlements of accounts involving correspondent accounts (subaccounts) etc.
Banks have to adopt in-house documents comprising a procedure for drawing up and handling remittance instructions.
The regulations enter into force upon the expiry of ten days after official publication with some exceptions.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2836-U of June 19, 2012 on the Requirements Established by the Bank of Russia as Applicable to a Significant Payment System

The law on the national payment system formulated provisions governing a significant payment system including requirements established by the Bank of Russia as applicable to a system-significant and socially-significant payment systems.
Accordingly the operator of a system has to make sure all relevant provisions are observed within 90 calendar days after receiving a notice from the Bank of Russia that the system is deemed "significant".
Requirements are defined by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation as applicable to the financial stability of the settlement centre of a system-significant payment system.
The rest of banks and settlement non-banking credit organisations are required not to have breaches of compulsory standard ratios established by instructions of the Central Bank for six operational days in aggregate during any 30 operational days in a row.
The direction enters into force upon the expiry of ten days after official publication.

Letter of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 03-05-04-02/41 of May 3, 2012 on Setting Due Dates for the Payment of Transport Tax and Land Tax for Taxpayers Being Natural Persons

Due dates for the payment of transport tax and land tax will be established by normative legal acts of regions and municipalities respectively.
For natural persons not being individual entrepreneurs due dates cannot be before November 1 of the year following the past tax period. According to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation due date may be defined as November 1 of the year following the past tax period.

Federal Law No. 98-FZ of June 30, 2012 on the Amendments to Articles 1 and 5 of the Federal Law on the Amendments to the Federal Law on the State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and Invalidation of the Federal Law on Restrictions of Retail Sale and Consumption (Drinking) of Beer and Beverages Made on Its Basis

Permits to use concentrated grape mash in production of table wines, specifies the deadlines for carriers of ethyl alcohol to get licenses.

Federal Law No. 97-FZ of June 29, 2012 on the Amendments to Part 1 and Part 2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Article 26 of the Federal Law on the Banks and Banking Activities

Refines certain taxation procedures.

Federal Law No. 96-FZ of June 29, 2012 on the Amendments to Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

Refines the legislation pursuant to the changing of the borders of Moscow

Decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 17 of June 28, 2012 on the Processing by Courts of Civil Cases of Disputes in the Area of Protection of Consumer Rights

Provides new explanations for the above cases.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 649 of June 28, 2012 on the Expert Evaluation in the Cases of Licensing Control of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic and Alcohol-Containing Products

Endorses the above procedures.

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 114 of June 7, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Administrative Regulation of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on the Provided State Service of Reception of Citizens, Timely and Complete Processing of Oral and Written Appeals of Citizens, Adoption of Decisions on Them and Sending Replies to Applicants within the Deadlines Specified in the Legislation of the Russian Federation

Introduces a new such regulation.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of Russia No. VAS-4747/12 of June 29, 2012

Examines individual provisions regulating the procedure of fixing of tariff rates for hot water and mark-ups to them.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of Russia No. VAS-4569/12 of June 28, 2012

Examines the cases permitting to change the taxable base for the land tax.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of Russia No. VAS-2654/12 of June 26, 2012

Examines regulation of the limiting levels of tariff rates for electric power for population.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of Russia No. VAS-5301/12 of June 25, 2012

Examines control over activities of participants of the market of collective investments the limits of powers of the Federal Service for Financial Markets of Russia.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 58n of May 10, 2012 on the Endorsement of the Procedure of Selection of Requests of Credit Organisations for Conclusion of Bank Deposit Contracts with the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the Procedure of Conclusion of Such Contracts with the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation

Specifies the above procedure.

Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation No. 403 of May 5, 2012 on the Powers of Officials of the System of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia to Draw up the Protocols of Administrative Violations and Administrative Arrest

Updates the above list.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-4355/12 of June 28, 2012

Examines individual provisions regulating the procedure of technological connection to power supply networks.

Decision of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. VAS-2243/12 of June 25, 2012

Individual norms of the rules of the wholesale market of electric energy and power are checked for compliance with the legislation.

Information Letter of the Presidium of the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 151 of May 24, 2012 on the Review of the Practice of Processing by Arbitration Courts of Disputes Pertaining to Expulsion of a Participant from the Limited-Liability Company

Provides explanations for the above cases.

Direction of the Bank of Russia No. 2843-U of June 29, 2012 on the Interest Rates for the Deposit Operations of the Bank of Russia

The fixed interest rate for the tom-1 month operations makes 4% annual.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 673 of June 30, 2012 on the Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Issues of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation

Updates the structure of the federal bodies of executive power.

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