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03.12.2021
THE LAW ON ELECTRONIC PERSONNEL DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT IS SIGNED

Certain amendments have been made into the Labour Code of the Russian Federation concerning regulation of electronic personnel workflow, which provides for the possibility and mechanisms for maintaining and using work-related documents in electronic form.

02.12.2021
13 FOREIGN INTERNET COMPANIES MUST OPEN REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES IN RUSSIA

The Roskomnadzor website has published a list of foreign Internet companies that must open representative offices in Russia. It includes 13 foreign companies with 22 information resources.

01.12.2021
29 COUNTRIES PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF PERSONAL DATA OWNERS

The number of countries providing adequate protection of rights of personal data owners increased up to 29. Roskomnadzor has updated the list of countries that are not parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data and that provide adequate protection of the rights of personal data owners.

30.11.2021
RUSSIA AND SPAIN HAVE INCREASED THE FREQUENCY OF FLIGHTS

Flight frequency is increased as follows:

- up to 28 flights a week - on the route St. Petersburg - Barcelona;
- up to 21 flights per week - on all routes, except for the routes St. Petersburg - Barcelona, Moscow - Barcelona and Moscow - Madrid.
29.11.2021
FROM DECEMBER 1, 2021, LIABILITY FOR VIOLATIONS IN THE FIELD OF MANDATORY LABELLING OF GOODS WILL BE TOUGHENED

From December 1, 2021, administrative liability has been established for the following:

- production or sales of medicinal products without labelling or in violation of the procedure for its application;
- putting into circulation goods subject to labelling without labelling (except for medicines, alcohol and tobacco);
- putting into circulation of tobacco products without labelling, as well as in violation of the established labelling procedure;
- failure to provide information and (or) violation of the procedure for providing information on turnover of the relevant goods to the GIS operator.
Also, from December 1, 2021, criminal liability is introduced for the use of counterfeit labelling means.
26.11.2021
RUSSIA WILL RESUME FLIGHTS WITH A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES FROM DECEMBER 1, 2021
From December 1, 2021, restrictions on regular and non-scheduled flights between Russia and Cuba, Mexico, Qatar shall be lifted.
Regular flights with Italy, Mongolia, Costa Rica shall also be resumed on a reciprocal basis.
From December 12, 2021 it was decided to resume passenger railway communication with Finland on a reciprocal basis.
 
25.11.2021
FROM NOVEMBER 17, 2021, THERE ARE AMENDMENTS TO THE SANITARY AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RULES FOR THE PREVENTION OF COVID
Sanitary Standards were supplemented with the rules for disinfection of public transport. In particular, it is provided for:
- in public transport of urban, suburban and local traffic, it is necessary to process the passenger compartment, including the floor, twice a day using virucidal antiseptics;
- similar measures (washing floors and surfaces with disinfectants twice a day) should be taken at airports, any ports and train stations.
 
24.11.2021
VACCINATED PEOPLE OR RECOVERED FROM COVID WILL NOT BE ISOLATED IN CASE OF CONTACT WITH A PATIENT WITH COVID-19
The innovations of the Sanitary Rules, amended from November 17, 2021 provide for the following:
- if an individual who had contact with a COVID-19 patient turned out to be an individual who, within six months before contact, managed to recover from COVID or get vaccinated against COVID, then such an individual does not have to comply with an at-home regimen for two weeks if he/she feels well. However, the PCR test will still have to be passed;
- everyone who is quarantined will be forbidden to be discharged without negative PCR, even in the absence of symptoms;
- people with suspected SARS or influenza should be tested for COVID first of all (as well as asymptomatic patients who returned from abroad, patients diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia and other priority population groups).
 
23.11.2021
INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ABLE TO REGISTER WITH TAX AUTHORITIES THROUGH THE UNIFIED PORTAL OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES
Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma provide for the possibility of an individual sending an application for registration with a tax authority through the Public Services portal. The tax authority will be able to send such an individual a certificate of registration in electronic form also using the Unified Portal.
 
22.11.2021
INSTEAD OF ONE COVID CERTIFICATE, THERE ARE TWO CERTIFICATES, AND IN ADDITION - A NEW VACCINATION CERTIFICATE
Now the following certificates will be:
- Medical certificate of preventive vaccinations against covid/contraindications to vaccination/past COVID-19. It is formed exclusively within the patient's personal account on the Public Services portal;
- for printing a certificate at the Multifunctional Public Services Centre (and for presenting it upon request), the Public Services portal generates another, not medical, COVID certificate; there is no medical information in it, but only a QR code, full name, SNILS and details of the patient's passport. It will be printed free of charge at the Multifunctional Public Services Centre upon presentation of documents;
- it is possible to get a simple certificate of vaccination/contraindications to vaccination/side effects in the clinic, which will not have a QR code for those patients who do not have an account on the Public Services portal, as well as for those who have a non-medical COVID certificate printed at the Multifunctional Public Services Centre.
19.11.2021
THE MINISTRY OF DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND MASS MEDIA REMINDED: INFORMATION ON USERS OF CORPORATE MOBILE NUMBERS MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE UNIFIED IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM
Legal entities and individual businessmen that are subscribers of mobile phone communication as of June 1, 2021 must provide information on users of communication services and their subscriber numbers into the Federal State Information System ESIA until November 30, 2021. If such information is not provided, telecom operators, starting from December 1, 2021, must stop providing services to the corresponding subscriber numbers.
In this regard, the RF Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media recommends that corporate subscribers provide the telecom operator with information on users and notify their employees of the need to confirm the data on the number on the Public Services web-portal.
 
18.11.2021
ON THE PARTICIPATION OF FOREIGN CAPITAL IN THE AUTHORISED CAPITAL OF INSURANCE ORGANISATIONS
New rules have been established for calculating the foreign ownership interest in the authorised capital of insurance organisations. These rules will replace the rules of 2014. The reason is that amendments to the legislation allow the commercial presence of foreign insurance organisations in Russia by creating branches.
In particular, the total value of the minimum guarantee deposits of such branches will be taken into account.
 
17.11.2021
UPDATED SERVICE FOR REGISTRATION OF LEGAL ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUAL ENTREPRENEURS
The Federal Tax Service has presented an updated version of the service for state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs. Now it is called "State Online Business Registration".
 
16.11.2021
IF RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR A FOREIGN STATE, THERE IS NO NEED TO COORDINATE THE ENTRY OF ITS CITIZENS INTO RUSSIA
There is no need to coordinate entry into Russia through air checkpoints for citizens of countries for which the Government of the Russian Federation has lifted the entry restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.
 
15.11.2021
TO ENTER A MUSEUM OR THEATER, FOREIGNERS MUST PRESENT CERTIFICATES WITH A NEGATIVE PCR TEST FOR COVID
It has been established that foreign citizens are admitted to museums and theaters under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, in the presence of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 issued in paper form. The test must be completed one day before attending the relevant event.
 
12.11.2021
FOREIGN INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS MUST REGISTER A PERSONAL ACCOUNT ON THE WEBSITE OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE FOR SUPERVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AND MASS MEDIA (ROSKOMNADZOR)
Foreign IT companies operating on the Internet in Russia must register a personal account on the official website of Roskomnadzor and use it to interact with Russian government agencies. The Government has determined the procedure for registering and maintaining a personal account.
A foreign entity will interact with Roskomnadzor and the Federal Antimonopoly Service using a personal account, in particular, it will receive legally significant messages from them and transfer documents and information to them.
 
11.11.2021
THE USE OF ELECTRONIC SERVICES OF THE FEDERAL TAX SERVICE ALLOWS YOU TO QUICKLY AND CONVENIENTLY REGISTER A BUSINESS
Since October 2021, the period for electronic registration of changes in information about the types of activity (OKVED codes) and the e-mail address included in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and the Unified State Register of Private Entrepreneurs has been reduced. Now it takes one to three days (previously it took five days).
 
10.11.2021
THE PROCEDURE FOR TRANSFERRING ACCOUNTING RECORDS TO THE STATE FINANCIAL REPORTING DATA RESOURCE (GIR BO) HAS BEEN CHANGED
From January 1, 2021, the possibility of submitting accounting (financial) statements in a hard copy for the formation of the GIR BO has been cancelled. The mandatory copy of the reporting shall be presented only in the form of an electronic document.
 
09.11.2021
FOR THE COVID-FREE EVENTS GUEST AMOUNT MAY NOT BE MORE THAN 70% OF THE CAPACITY (AND WITH A SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY)
The chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation supplemented the "covid" decree on limiting mass events with a new provision to increase the number of participants in the event up to 70% of the capacity of an indoor space in which it is held.
It is possible to increase the number of guests of such event only if the following conditions are simultaneously met:
- all employees without any exception, involved in holding the event, are vaccinated against COVID or have been ill with it (which should be proved with QR codes);
- all guests of the event are also vaccinated against COVID or have been ill with it (to be proved with QR codes);
- a permit to increase the number of guests was issued personally by the governor and agreed by the regional sanitary doctor. Such permit is one-time, for one event, and it should be issued (or refused to be issued) upon the the request of an entity responsible for holding the event.
 
08.11.2021
THE AMOUNT OF THE MATERNITY CAPITAL WILL INCREASE IN 2022
The State Duma adopted in the first reading the draft federal law "On the federal budget for 2022 and for the planning period of 2023 and 2024."
The document provides for indexation of the amount of the maternity capital in 2022 by 4%.
 

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