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02.12.2022
EXCISES AS A CURE FOR DIABETES: FROM JULY 2023 SWEET SODA WILL RISE IN PRICE
The Tax Code of the Russian Federation has been amended to provide for introduction of an excise tax on sugar-containing drinks from July 1, 2023. The excise tax to be set as 7 roubles per 1 litre.
 
01.12.2022
PERSONS CONTROLLING THE DEBTOR WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSIDERATION OF ISSUES AFFECTING THEIR LIABILITY
The Law on Bankruptcy has been supplemented with a provision that gives persons held liable in a bankruptcy case the right to participate in the consideration of issues that could affect the scope of their obligations, including the right to appeal against judicial acts adopted on such issues.
In addition, it is possible for the person controlling the debtor to file a petition to involve him/her in the bankruptcy case. If the arbitration court satisfies this petition, the controlling person will also receive the right to take part in the consideration of these issues.
 
30.11.2022
IT IS ALLOWED TO RECEIVE SHARES IN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES FREE OF CHARGE FROM RELATIVES FROM UNFRIENDLY COUNTRIES
Resident citizens are allowed to receive shares in limited liability companies from foreign citizens of unfriendly countries free of charge if such foreign citizens are their spouses or close relatives.
 
29.11.2022
DRIVER'S LICENSES NOW MAY BE FOUND THROUGH A SOCIAL NETWORK, BUT PAPER ONES ARE STILL REQUIRED
Public services launched a test version of the Auto mini-app in cooperation with Vkontakte. Users will be able to show the traffic police a digital driver's licence, a digital certificate of a transport vehicle, as well as transfer the right to drive a vehicle to another driver or revoke such right, view documents for a car.
Such digital documents will be generated in the form of a QR code to be identified by traffic police officers with the use of a special device. At the same time, traffic inspectors are entitled to ask also for the original driver's licence and motor vehicle certificate.
 
28.11.2022
CHILDREN LIVING IN A FOSTER FAMILY SHOULD ATTEND THE SAME SCHOOL
A law is adopted on preferential admission to the same school of adopted children or children living in the same foster family. Previously, only siblings had such right of preference.
 
25.11.2022
AMENDMENTS INTO THE CODE OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENCES - CLARIFYING INSPECTORS LIABILITY
The Law clarified the administrative liability for controlling persons with respect to violations of the legislation on state (municipal) control.
Officials of control (supervisory) agencies, state corporations and public law companies are now deemed responsible for violations during inspections, but also for violations performed during other control measures, as well as for violations during preventive measures.
 
24.11.2022
THE RUSTORE APP STORE IS INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF PROGRAMS FOR MANDATORY PRE-INSTALLATION ON SMARTPHONES OR TABLETS IN 2023
Pre-installation of a uniform application store on smartphones or tablets will be carried out instead of the program for accessing socially significant information resources APP List, which was previously included in the list.
In addition, the Government of the Russian Federation increased the number of pre-installed programs that provide access to audiovisual services from 10 to 15 programs.
 
23.11.2022
LAWYERS, NOTARIES, LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS AND OTHER SUBJECTS OF THE ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING LAW NO. 115-FZ MUST UPDATE THEIR INTERNAL CONTROL REGULATIONS - NO LATER THAN ON DECEMBER 30, 2022
The Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) reminds that on December 1, 2022, amendments to the anti-money laundering law (No. 115-FZ) come into force. The amendments concern, inter alia, application of measures against persons included into the lists of organisations compiled by the UN Security Council or agencies specially created by decisions of the UN Security Council and individuals associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The amendments provide for supplementing internal control programs that regulate the procedure for applying measures to freeze (block) funds or another property, with the procedure for making decisions to cancel the measures taken and for notifying organisations and individuals of such measures.
 
22.11.2022
FROM APRIL NEXT YEAR, A NEW PROCEDURE FOR LICENSING CERTAIN TYPES OF ACTIVITIES IN THE FINANCIAL MARKET WILL BE IN EFFECT.
 
The Bank of Russia has updated the procedure for obtaining licences for professional activities on the securities market, for investment fund activities, for managing investment funds, unit investment funds and non-state pension funds, for the activities of a specialised depository, as well as for acquiring the right to investment consulting.
Among other things, a simplified procedure for obtaining permits for additional types of activities on the securities market shall be introduced, when the possibility of such a combination is provided for by law. A notification procedure has been established for admission to certain types of professional activities on the securities market, including investment consulting.
 
21.11.2022
THERE IS LESS THAN A MONTH LEFT TO PAY FOR TAX NOTIFICATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS FOR 2021
On December 1, the deadline for the payment of property taxes by individuals specified in the tax notices sent to them for 2021 expires.
 
18.11.2022
THE LIST OF GROUNDS FOR TERMINATING THE ACCREDITATION OF A BRANCH OR REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE OF A FOREIGN LEGAL ENTITY HAS BEEN EXPANDED
The accreditation of a branch or representative office of a foreign legal entity will be terminated, including if a foreign legal entity, due to a change in its personal law, is registered in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities with the status of an international company.
 
17.11.2022
TRANSACTIONS WITH SHARES OF WHICH BUSINESS ENTITIES ARE TEMPORARILY PROHIBITED?
The list of companies has been approved for which the President has been prohibited from making transactions until the end of 2022 to change the rights of ownership, use and disposal of shares and stocks in the authorised capitals of certain business companies owned by foreign persons from unfriendly countries.
These are business companies that:
- are manufacturers of equipment for fuel and energy companies and provide services for the maintenance and repair of such equipment;
- are producers and suppliers of heat and (or) electric energy;
- process oil, petroleum raw materials and produce products of their processing.
The list includes 191 organisations.
 
16.11.2022
THE PRESIDENT APPROVED THE FUNDAMENTALS OF STATE POLICY FOR THE PRESERVATION AND STRENGTHENING OF SPIRITUAL AND MORAL VALUES
The Fundamentals of State Policy for the Preservation and Strengthening of Traditional Russian Spiritual and Moral Values have been approved. The Fundamentals are a strategic planning document in the area of ensuring the national security of Russia, defining goals, objectives, as well as tools for the protection of spiritual and moral values by the state.
 
15.11.2022
SINCE NOVEMBER 6, AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE GUIDELINES FOR THE PREPARATION OF A REGULATORY DOCUMENT ON THE QUALITY OF A MEDICINAL PRODUCT HAS BEEN IN EFFECT
On November 6, 2022, the Resolution of the Collegium of the Eurasian Economic Commission came into force, which, sets out the Guidelines for the preparation of a regulatory document on the quality of a medicinal product in a new wording.
At the same time, it was established that the documents approved up to this point are valid until the expiration of their validity period or until the applicant makes changes to the registration dossier of the pharmaceutical product.
 
14.11.2022
THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE REGISTERED THE FIRST DIGITAL REGULATORY LEGAL ACT
The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation announces the registration of the first digital regulatory legal act created using the Digital Regulations Constructor. This is the Administrative Regulations of the Federal Education and Science Supervision Service for the provision of the public service "Providing information on the results of assessing the performance of scientific organisations subordinate to federal executive authorities performing scientific research, development and technological work for civil purposes" (registered with the Ministry of Justice on November 7, 2022).
 
11.11.2022
THE KEY RATE REMAINS AT 7.5% PER ANNUM
The Bank of Russia takes a decision to keep the key rate at 7.50% per annum.
 
10.11.2022
THE PROCEDURE FOR PAYING SICK LEAVE TO PERSONS WORKING UNDER CIVIL LAW CONTRACTS HAS BEEN DEVELOPED
From January 1, 2023, persons working under civil law contracts will also be subject to compulsory social insurance in case of temporary disability and in connection with motherhood (except for the self-employed).
 
09.11.2022
THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADJUSTED FIRE REGULATIONS
Starting from March 1, 2023, essential changes to be made into the fire-safety regulations with respect to the following:
- instructions on fire safety measures;
- fire fighting equipment;
- requirements for burning dry grass, leaves and another combustible vegetation on individual land plots (in urban settlements) and on garden plots and etc.
 
08.11.2022
6-NDFL TO BE AMENDED NEXT YEAR
The Federal Tax Service has updated the form, format and rules for filling in the calculation for 6-NDFL. The amendments are related to the transition to the system of a single tax payment, which implies, in particular, adjustment of the timing of paying personal income tax.
 
07.11.2022
THE INCOME TAX RETURN FOR INDIVIDUALS HAS BEEN UPDATED
The Federal Tax Service amended the form of the personal income tax return (form 3-NDFL), the procedure for filling it out, as well as the format for submitting it in electronic form.
 
04.11.2022
PRESIDENTIAL DECREE IMPOSED A BAN ON TRANSACTIONS FOR 45 RUSSIAN BANKS
In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the Application of Special Economic Measures in the Financial and Fuel And Energy Sectors in Connection with the Unfriendly Actions of Certain Foreign States and International Organisations, a list of Russian credit institutions in respect of which a ban on transactions (operations) with shares, interests (contributions) composing their authorised capital has been established.
 
03.11.2022
RUSSIANS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO TAKE PCR TESTS FOR COVID WHEN RETURNING FROM ABROAD
The mandatory PCR tests for COVID has been cancelled for citizens of the Russian Federation upon returning to Russia.
As for foreigners and stateless persons, it is enough for them to fill out the questionnaire of the person arriving in the territory of the Russian Federation.
 
02.11.2022
THE EAEU WILL USE NAVIGATION SEALS TO TRACK SHIPMENTS
The agreement defines the basis for regulating the use of navigation seals to track traffic across the territories of two or more EAEU states and such tracking mechanism.
 
01.11.2022
RUSSIAN ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATOR WILL RECEIVE FUNDS TO PROMOTE THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The procedure for subsidising the Russian environmental operator is established. Funds should be allocated from the federal budget in the form of a property contribution to achieve the following results of the federal project "Circular Economy":
- creation and operation of a management company for the formation of ecotechnoparks;
- awareness-raising campaign to promote the principles of the circular economy.
 

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