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12.05.2021
COVID! THE EAEU MEMBER STATES WILL CONTINUE COOPERATION WITHIN THE ‘TRAVELLING WITHOUT COVID-19’ PROJECT

 Work continues on the pilot project “Travelling without COVID-19”. Through this project, citizens of the Union countries can enter Russia from Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan through air checkpoints, confirming the presence of a negative test result for COVID-19 by PCR through the mobile application "Travelling without COVID-19".

 
11.05.2021
AN EXPERIMENT ON THE LABELLING OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS HAS STARTED IN RUSSIA

 From May 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022, an experiment related to labelling dietary supplements will be held. It will apply to natural and synthesised vitamins and pro-vitamins, various products of vegetable or animal origin. 

10.05.2021
PROVISIONS OF THE CIVIL CODE ARE CLARIFIED IN AS MUCH AS IT CONCERNS USE OF INVENTIONS, UTILITY MODELS AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS IN NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS

 Grounds for the RF Government to make decisions on use of an invention, utility model or industrial design without consent of a patent holder have been clarified (notifying the patent holder of such use as soon as possible and reimbursing proportionately). 

Adoption of such decision will be possible in case of emergency connected not only with ensuring the defence and security of the state, but also with protection of citizens’ life and health. 
As the developers of the amendments explained earlier, these amendments are aimed at quick making up for a deficiency in foreign patented medicines or medical devices that are necessary for protecting human life and health.
 
07.05.2021
COVID! WHEN RETURNING FROM ABROAD, YOU MUST UNDERGO A DOUBLE TEST FOR COVID-19, AND FOREIGNERS CAN BE SELECTIVELY TESTED RIGHT AT THE AIRPORT

 When returning from abroad after May 1, 2021, Russians must also be re-tested for COVID-19 by PCR with an interval between the first and repeated tests of at least a day. For those returning from Turkey and Tanzania, the re-examination requirement takes effect until May 1, 2021.

Employees of the territorial bodies of the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights have the right to selectively test foreigners for COVID-19 at airports.
 
06.05.2021
KEY RATE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 5% PER ANNUM

 The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia took a decision to increase the key rate by 50 basic points to 5.00% per annum. 

 
05.05.2021
THE GOVERNMENT CLARIFIED MEASURES FOR RUSSIA TO FULFILL OBLIGATIONS AS A PARTY TO THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION AGAINST MANIPULATIONS IN SPORTS COMPETITIONS

 Amendments concern definition, at a legislative level, of actions related to manipulation in sports competitions, consolidation of the concept of "unusual bets on sports competitions", establishment of administrative responsibility for legal entities for legalisation of money obtained by criminal means (laundering) etc.

 
04.05.2021
THE 2030 ANTI-SMOKING AWARENESS PLAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED

 The RF Ministry of Public Health approved an information and communication strategy aimed at counteracting consumption of tobacco and nicotine-containing products for the period up to 2030. 

The strategy implementation will be assessed by following criteria: 
- number of citizens that have not smoked for half a year (stop smoking after a month of escorting by hotline operators 8 (800) 200-02-00) 
- downturn in retail sales of cigarettes per capita; 
- number of regions implementing information and communication campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle; 
- increasing in number of citizens informed of dangers of smoking through various mass media.
 
03.05.2021
THE EMPLOYER'S INTRODUCTION OF A DRESS CODE FOR EMPLOYEES DOES NOT CONTRADICT LABOUR LEGISLATION

 Labour legislation does not explicitly provide for the possibility for the employer to establish requirements for the business dress code of an employee. At the same time, the legislation does not contain a prohibition on the establishment of such requirements. A prerequisite is the indication of such requirements in the employment contract or local regulatory act (job description, internal labour regulations, etc.). The employee should read, understand, and acknowledge by signing.

 
30.04.2021
THE LIABILITY FOR VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF TRAVEL THROUGH RAILWAY CROSSINGS HAS BEEN TOUGHENED

 The amount of the fine provided for the clause "Violation of the Rules for Traffic through Railway Tracks" has been increased from one thousand roubles up to five thousand roubles.

The liability for driving through an unregulated railway crossing when an approaching train is also toughened (locomotive, rail car). For this violation, not only a fine, but also an alternative punishment may now threaten - deprivation of the right to drive vehicles for a period of three to six months.
In addition, the possibility of paying an administrative fine for committing these offences in the amount of half of the amount imposed is now excluded.
29.04.2021
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO GET A PREFERENTIAL MORTGAGE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PRIVATE HOUSES

 Loans are provided for construction of private houses (with purchasing a land plot, if necessary) for families whose second or subsequent child was born after January 1, 2018, and also for families with disabled child (children). 

The house should be built by companies or individual businessman under a contract. Downpayment should be 15% of construction costs (for the cases when land plots are already in ownership), or the cost of land and construction. The maximum loan amount is six million roubles, and for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad regions - twelve million roubles.
28.04.2021
NEW SMARTPHONES, COMPUTERS AND TVS WITH SMART TV FUNCTION SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH FREE PRE-INSTALLED RUSSIAN SOFTWARE

 From April 1, 2021, smartphones, tablet computers, stationary computers, laptops, TVs with the Smart TV function are sold with pre-installed Russian programs. 

If this kind of software is not installed for any reason, the product is considered defective.
 
27.04.2021
THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH WILL POST ON THE WEBSITE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROVIDING FIRST AID TO EMPLOYEES

 From September 1, 2021, new requirements will apply to the first aid kits for providing first aid to employees. In total, the first-aid kit shall contain 12 medical devices, including masks, gloves, bandages. However, the last but not the least thing will be the first aid instructions. 

 
26.04.2021
COVID! NO FLIGHTS TO GREAT BRITAIN UNTIL JUNE

 The suspension of flights with the UK has been extended through June 1, 2021.

23.04.2021
IN CONNECTION WITH INTRODUCTION OF A PRODUCT TRACEABILITY SYSTEM, THE INVOICE FORM HAS BEEN CHANGED

 Starting from July 1, 2021, a national product traceability system will be introduced. In this regard, the form of the invoice has been adjusted.

It is supplemented with a line to reflect the details of the shipment document. Columns for specifying the number of the declaration for goods or the registration number of the batch of goods subject to traceability, etc., have been added. The form of the corrective invoice has been supplemented with similar details.
 
22.04.2021
THE UNIFIED REGISTER OF TYPES OF CONTROL WILL BECOME PART OF THE REGISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICES

 The Government of the Russian Federation has established the rules for the formation and maintenance of a unified register of types of federal, regional state control (supervision) and municipal control.

There are among the highlights:
- this register is a part (sub-register) of the Federal Register of State and Municipal Services, information from it is publicly available;
- the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation was appointed the registry operator;
- The "federal" part of the register will start working on July 1, 2021, the "regional" part of the register is recommended to be completed by November 1, 2021;
- a wide volume of unified information on the type of control will be entered into the register: which body supervises, what exactly this body checks, into which classes/categories the supervised objects are divided, etc., including the texts of regulations on the procedure.
21.04.2021
THE DEADLINE FOR FILING ANNUAL REPORTS BY NON-COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS WITH THE RF MINISTRY OF JUSTICE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 15, 2021

 The Ministry of Justice has postponed until July 15, 2021 the deadline for filing reporting forms providing information on amount of funds and another property obtained from foreign sources, as well as on information of spending such funds and use of another property, for 2020 (usually such reports are submitted no later than on April 15 of the year following the reporting year).

 
20.04.2021
THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR JUSTICES OF THE PEACE ARE ADJUSTED

 Amendments, in particular, provide that justices of the peace shall be appointed (elected) to office for the first time for three years, and then upon reappointment (re-election) without limitation of the term of office. At the same time, the age limit for serving as a justice of the peace (magistrate) will be kept and fixed as 70 years old.

 
19.04.2021
LAW ON ‘GARAGE AMNESTY’ HAS BEEN SIGNED

 Until January 1, 2026, citizens using garages that are capital construction facilities and had been built before December 30, 2004 (or heirs of such citizens) have the right to be granted free ownership of a land plot being in state or municipal ownership, on which such garage is located.

16.04.2021
STARTING FROM 2022, INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A PERSONAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING

 According to amendments to the Tax Code, individuals will be able to obtain tax deductions in amounts paid at their own expense within the tax period for health and fitness services provided to an individual, or to his or her children under the age of 18. 

 
15.04.2021
MINORS TRAVELLING WITHOUT PARENTS: WRITTEN CONSENT OF LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES IS ENOUGH FOR HOTEL’S CHECK-IN

 The requirement provided that the corresponding consent of legal representatives shall be notarised is excluded from the Rules for rendering hotel services in the Russian Federation

14.04.2021
WORKERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

 Three recent letters from the authorities at once are devoted to the compulsory vaccination for workers. As a general rule, immunization in Russia is voluntary. Citizens have the right to refuse preventive vaccinations.

Nevertheless, the lack of preventive vaccinations entails the refusal to hire citizens or the suspension of citizens from work, the performance of which is associated with a high risk of contracting infectious diseases. The list of such works is approved by the Government.
13.04.2021
NEW LISTS OF POSITIONS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE HAS BEEN APPROVED

 The Ministry of Labour of the Russian Federation approved a new List of types of work, professions, positions in which citizens undergoing alternative civilian service can be employed, consisting of 124 items, as well as the List of organisations where such service is provided.

12.04.2021
THE RF CODE OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENCES NOW ALLOWS THE POSSIBILITY TO REDUCING FINES BELOW THE LOWER LIMIT FOR ‘REGIONAL’ OFFENCES

 The President of the Russian Federation signed amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences providing for the possibility of imposing an administrative punishment on an offender in exceptional cases in an amount less than the minimum established by the regional law on administrative offences. This applies to both citizens and officials. 

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