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31.12.2021
FROM DECEMBER 20, 2021, THE KEY RATE IS FIXED AS 8.50% PER ANNUM
The Bank of Russia Board of Directors raised the key rate starting from December 20, 2021, by 100 basic points to 8.50% per annum. 
At the same time, the Bank of Russia admits the possibility of further increases in the key rate at the next meetings. The news release notes that the monetary policy pursued by the Bank of Russia is aimed at bringing inflation back to 4%.
 
30.12.2021
THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WAS SUPPLEMENTED WITH GENERAL PROVISIONS ON IMMOVABLE ITEMS, AS WELL AS ON THE RIGHTS TO BUILDINGS AND PREMISES
Part One of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation includes two new Chapters: "Immovable Items" and "Ownership and other property rights to buildings, facilities, building in progress, premises and parking areas". 
The first of these Chapters establishes fundamentals of the legal regime of land plots, buildings and structures, premises (both residential and non-residential). Issues of division and merging of real estate property, changes in their characteristics (reconstruction, redevelopment) have been settled. 
The second Chapter defines peculiarities of the ownership of buildings, facilities, buildings in progress, premises and parking areas.
 
29.12.2021
NEW FORMS OF NOTIFICATIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION AND DEREGISTRATION OF A RUSSIAN ORGANISATION WITH THE TAX AUTHORITY HAVE BEEN APPROVED
The Federal Tax Service approved new forms of notification of registration and deregistration of a Russian organisation with the tax authority.
 
28.12.2021
PATENT ATTORNEYS WILL WORK ACCORDING TO THE UPDATED LAW
The Law on Patent Attorneys are supplemented with the conditions for obtaining the status of patent attorneys. Internship requirements have been established. 
It is stated that foreign patent attorneys cannot work in Russia, unless otherwise provided by an international agreement. 
Patent attorneys will have access to the information systems of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property and its organisations. 
The Institute of secrecy patent attorneys has been introduced.
 
27.12.2021
IN SOCHI, THE RESORT FEE HAS BEEN INCREASED 5 TIMES, AND IN CRIMEA THEY PLAN TO CANCEL IT
Recall that on the territories of the Republic of Crimea, Altai, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, an experiment is being conducted to collect fees from tourists for using the resort infrastructure (resort fee).
So in the Krasnodar Territory, the resort tax rates were increased throughout the territory from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 from 10 roubles to:
- 50 roubles per day on the territory of the resort city of Sochi;
- 30 roubles per day in all other units of the Krasnodar Territory.
In the Republic of Crimea, the introduction of the resort fee is scheduled for May 1, 2022 (in the amount of 10 roubles per day).
 
24.12.2021
THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WILL BE REPLENISHED WITH TWO NEW CHAPTERS ON TITLES TO REAL PROPERTY
The State Duma adopted in the third reading a draft law which provides for the introduction of two new chapters into Part One of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation: "Real Estates" and "Ownership and Other Proprietary Rights to Buildings, Structures, Objects Of Unfinished Construction, Premises and Parking Spaces". This is another part of the project, which was introduced in 2012 by the President of the Russian Federation as part of measures to reform civil legislation.
 
23.12.2021
AIRCRAFT CREWS ARE ALLOWED TO USE SPECIAL MEANS OF RESTRAINT AGAINST ROWDIES ON BOARD
According to the amendments, the aircraft commander is entitled to give orders to the crew members and security staff to suppress unlawful actions of persons that create an immediate threat to flight safety or threaten the life or health of others and refuse to obey the orders of the aircraft commander. 
On the basis of such orders, it will be possible to use special means of restraint placed on board. 
The list of special means of restraint and the rules for their use will be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation.
 
22.12.2021
FROM DECEMBER 29, 2021 A SIMPLE POWER OF ATTORNEY MAY BE REVOKED THROUGH THE NOTARY UNIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEM
Article 189 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation provides for the possibility of revocation of a power of attorney issued in a simple written form by entering information on this fact into the register of orders to cancel powers of attorney, which is an integral part of the Unified Information System of Notary Acts. 
Access to the registry information shall be free, round-the-clock and provided on the free-of-charge basis - any interested person will be able to obtain information on revocation of a power of attorney on notariat.ru. 
Third parties will be considered notified of revocation of the power of attorney on the next day after entering the information into the specified register.
 
21.12.2021
THE FEDERAL AGENCY FOR TOURISM ANNOUNCED THE CONTINUATION OF THE TOURIST CASHBACK PROGRAM IN 2022
The Federal Agency for Tourism announced the dates of the new stage of the program for the sale of tours in Russia with cashback - from January 18 to April 12. It will be possible to go on a trip immediately from the first day of sales until April 30 inclusive.
The basic conditions of the program will be the same.
It is also reported that the autumn stage of the program is planned, it will begin in October. Exact dates will be announced in the second half of 2022.
 
20.12.2021
THE EXACT DATES OF THE EXAMS 2022 ARE KNOWN
The schedule of the basic state examination (OGE) and state exit examination (EGE) in 2022 has been approved. Exam dates, start times and durations have been established. Teaching aids allowed for use have been determined.
The majority of students will take the basic state examination from May 26 to June 21, 2022. Early, reserve, additional and repeated periods for passing the exam have also been determined. 
Compared to 2021, the duration of exams in social studies, history, foreign languages has changed. It is allowed to use a spelling dictionary on the literature exam.
 
17.12.2021
TAX CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION HAS BEEN BROUGHT INTO LINE WITH THE LAW ON LICENSING
Amendments were made to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation due to the transition to a registry licensing model. The reference to paper licences has been excluded from the Code, including denominations of state fees have been clarified.
 
16.12.2021
‘QUANTUM VALLEY’ WILL APPEAR IN THE NIZHNY NOVGOROD REGION
An innovative scientific and technological center "Quantum Valley" will be established in the Nizhny Novgorod region. 
It is planned to develop modern digital technologies on the basis of the center, including quantum technologies and artificial intelligence. Among the activities of the center are supposed to be innovative industries, intelligent transport systems; delivery on projects in the field of high-tech personalised medicine and medical devices; solving problems in the field of ecology and elimination of accumulated damage.
 
15.12.2021
FROM NOVEMBER 22, 2021, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO ISSUE A HIRING ORDER
Amendments to the Labour Code stipulate that employment must be formalized with an employment contract. Now it is not necessary to issue an order and familiarize the employee with it, as was previously planned. However, if the employer wants to issue such a document, he/she can do it. The content of the hiring order must comply with the terms of the employment contract.
 
14.12.2021
CITIZENS OF ARGENTINA, BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, COSTA RICA AND MONGOLIA CAN AGAIN FLY TO RUSSIA
The Russian Government has lifted the restrictions on entry to Russia for citizens of Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mongolia, imposed due to the pandemic. 
Citizens of these states, as well as persons entitled to permanent residence in these countries, can enter Russia from these states through air checkpoints.
 
13.12.2021
FROM JANUARY 1, 2022 A NEW PROCEDURE FOR ISSUING SICK LEAVES WILL APPLY
From 2022, sick-leave certificates will be issued only in electronic form. 
In this regard, the RF Ministry of Public Health has updated the procedure for issuance and registration of sick-leave certificates. 
To obtain an electronic sick-leave certificates, you will need a passport and personal insurance policy number (SNILS).
 
10.12.2021
NEW TAX PENALTIES HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED FOR FINANCIAL MARKET ORGANISATIONS AND THEIR CLIENTS
The amendments made to Part One of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation relate to the automatic exchange of financial information with foreign states. The conceptual framework and obligations of financial organisations have been clarified, as well as new penalties for violation of the rules for providing information both for the financial market organisations and for their clients.
 
09.12.2021
PARENTS MAY NOW PAY TAXES FOR UNDERAGE CHILDREN THROUGH THEIR TAXPAYER ACCOUNT
This became possible in virtue of the new functionality that appeared in the Personal Account of the taxpayer for individuals. However, in order to use it, it is necessary that not only parents, but also their children are users of the service of the Federal Tax Service "Taxpayer's Personal Account".
In the "Profile" section of the personal account, the "Family Access" tab has been added, designed to add a minor child to the parent's personal account.
 
08.12.2021
THE RF MINISTRY OF LABOUR APPROVED NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING AREA
The new act contains requirements for the workplace. So, for example, when organising a workplace (working area), changing the working posture should be available. 
It is also established that when organising a workplace, a stable position and freedom of movement of the employee must be ensured. 
Machines and equipment controls must be located in compliance with the labour protection requirements, hazard areas and danger areas must be marked with special signal markings and/or safety signs.
 
07.12.2021
FROM OCTOBER 1, 2023, ALL PROVIDERS OF PAYMENT APPLICATIONS WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE THE ABILITY TO USE MIR CARDS
From October 1, 2023, providers of payment applications will have to provide clients of money transfer operators with the opportunity to use MIR cards (if the conditions of using the application involve the use of payment cards). To do this, they will have to pass the testing procedure in accordance with the rules of the national payment card system.
 
06.12.2021
EMPLOYERS SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT (BUT NOT A DUTY!) TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DAYS OFF FOR VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19
The Labour Code does not oblige employers to provide employees with an additional day off for vaccination, as well as an additional day for rest after vaccination against coronavirus. 
Additional rest time during vaccination against coronavirus may be established by a collective agreement, or another local regulation, taking into account the financial and economic situation of the employer. For example, additional paid days-off with the preservation of wages, the possibility of adding these days to the next vacation, additional payments, payment of travelling documents, meals, etc.
 
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%.
 
05.11.2021
FROM OCTOBER 25, 2021, THE KEY RATE IS FIXED AS 7.50% PER ANNUM
The Bank of Russia Board of Directors has raised the key rate from October 25, 2021 by 75 basic points to 7.50% per annum. 
However, the Central Bank admits the possibility of further increases in the key rate at next meetings.
 
04.11.2021
CITIZENS OF 9 MORE COUNTRIES MAY FLY TO RUSSIA
The RF Government has lifted restrictions on entry to Russia for citizens of the Bahamas, Iran, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Slovenia, Thailand, Tunisia and Sweden, introduced due to the pandemic. 
Citizens of the mentioned states, as well as persons entitled to permanent residence in these countries, can enter Russia from these states through air checkpoints.
03.11.2021
THE COVID-19 VACCINATION CERTIFICATE WILL RECORD DATA ON MEDICAL COUNTERINDICATION FOR VACCINATION
The Ministry of Public Health approved the form of the certificate, which confirms:
- or the completed vaccination against COVID,
- or recovery from COVID,
- or data on medical counterindication for vaccination (from March 2022),
- or several mentioned facts at once.
The certificate will be automatically generated in two languages - Russian and English - in the form of an electronic document. Information sources for it shall be the records of vaccinations, illness or contraindications in the "COVID" register. And the QR code in the upper left corner of the certificate shall confirm the authenticity of the information from the "COVID" register.
Certificates generated before August 11, 2021 will be gradually (until March 1, 2022) automatically reissued on the Unified Portal for State and Municipal Services.
 
02.11.2021
STARTING FROM THE NEW YEAR, IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO APPLY TO ANY REGISTRY OFFICE FOR REGISTRATION OF ACTS OF CIVIL STATUS
From January 1, 2022, a citizen will be able to apply to any registry office not only to register a marriage, but also to register birth, death, divorce, adoption, change of name. Extraterritoriality is provided for other legally significant actions. Now it will be possible to obtain certificates or repeated certificates, make changes and corrections to the act records, restore or cancel such records in any registry office. 
It is also planned to switch to an electronic registry model for the provision of public services by the middle of 2023. 
The preparation of the regulatory framework for the super services "Birth of a Child" and "Loss of a Loved One" has been completed. This will allow you to register birth and death without a personal appeal to the registry office.
01.11.2021
MINISTRY OF HEALTHCARE APPROVED THE SIMULTANEOUS VACCINATION AGAINST INFLUENZA AND COVID-19
The RF Ministry of Healthcare allowed to simultaneously vaccinate both against COVID ("Sputnik V") and against influenza (any vaccine available), though preparations must be injected into different parts of the body, for example, into the left and right shoulder. 
Corresponding changes have been made to the instructions for the use of the Gam-Covid-Vac vaccine: its interaction with the vaccine against influenza has been studied while preclinical studies; and no decrease in the immunogenicity of both vaccines (when they are applied simultaneously) is found out. 
Previously, the World Health Organization also approved the simultaneous vaccination against COVID and influenza.
 
29.10.2021
NON-WORKING DAYS SHALL BE SET FROM OCTOBER 30 TO NOVEMBER 7, 2021
From October 30 to November 7, 2021 inclusive, non-working days shall be set with the preservation of wages for employees. The purpose of establishing non-working days is to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and to improve the health of Russian citizens. Moreover, the heads of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation have the right to establish additional non-working days in the corresponding constituent entities both before and after the indicated dates. For example, in Moscow, such non-working days will begin on October 28.
 
28.10.2021
FROM NOVEMBER 9, 2021 RESTRICTIONS ON AIR TRAFFIC WITH AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, FINLAND AND THE UAE SHALL BE LIFTED
From November 9, 2021, restrictions on air traffic with Austria, Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates, as well as restrictions on regular and charter flights to points in Egypt - the cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh are removed.
In addition, from that date, flights with the Bahamas, Iran, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Slovenia, Tunisia, Sweden and Thailand will be resumed. 
The number of regular flights on a reciprocal basis is also increasing with Albania, Bulgaria, Venezuela (Margarita Island), Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Maldives, Malta, Macedonia and France. 
Citizens are advised to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before flying abroad.
27.10.2021
PCR TESTS FOR COVID-19 SHOULD BE READY WITHIN 24 HOURS
From October 16, the period for performing a laboratory test for COVID-19 should not exceed 24 hours from the moment the biological material was received in the laboratory and until its result was received by the person whose biomaterial was examined.
 
26.10.2021
FROM JANUARY 1, 2022 - NEW EAEU COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION AND COMMON CUSTOMS TARIFF
A new edition of the EAEU Commodity Classification for Foreign Economic Activity is due to the entry into force (starting from 2022) of the seventh edition of the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), which is the international basis of the Commodity Classification of Foreign Economic Activity. The mentioned Harmonised System is revised due to changes in the nature and structure of world trade, social and environmental issues of a global nature. 
In as much as it concerns the rates of import customs duties, in the new version of the Common Customs Tariff, which will start to apply from January 1, 2022, they are kept at the current level.
 
25.10.2021
INSURERS SHALL NOT REFUSE TO CONCLUDE OSAGO AGREEMENTS DUE TO THE LACK OF AUTHORITIES OF ITS EMPLOYEES
The Bank of Russia, in connection with consumer appeals, reminds that the service related to concluding an OSAGO agreement should be provided in any separate subdivision of the insurer that concludes vehicle insurance or motor third party liability agreements. The policy shall be issued to the policyholder immediately after submitting an application for concluding a contract with the necessary documents and payment of the insurance premium. 
In this regard, the refusal to conclude an OSAGO agreement because of the lack of authorities is unreasonable. The insurer that committed such violation may be subject to administrative liability.
 
22.10.2021
FROM JANUARY 1, 2022, A NEW WORDING OF THE EAEU COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION FOR FOREIGN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY SHALL BE INTRODUCED
The Council of the Eurasian Commission approved a new version of the combined Commodity Classification for Foreign Economic Activity of the EAEU and the Common Customs Tariff of the EAEU. It is aligned with the international framework. The rates of import customs duties in the new version of the Common Customs Tariff of the EAEU are kept at the current level and take into account tariff obligations within the World Trade Organisation.
 
21.10.2021
FEDERAL TAX SERVICE INTENDS TO ADJUST APPLICATION FORMS FOR REGISTRATION OF LEGAL ENTITIES
The amendments will affect the application form for state registration of changes made to the constituent document of a legal entity, or on amending information on a legal entity contained in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities (Form No. R13014). 
In connection with consolidation of the legal regime of the convertible loan agreement in the legislation, the form is supplemented with sections on conclusion and execution of such agreements, including the relevant increase in the authorised capital. 
Corrections are also made into the sections of the form containing information on the trust management of shares in the authorised capital of a legal entity.
20.10.2021
FEDERAL TAX SERVICE STOPS ALL PROCEEDINGS ON ORDERS ON NON-REPATRIATION OF CURRENCY UNDER FOREIGN TRADE EXPORT CONTRACTS
The Federal Tax Service orders to terminate execution and recall all current proceedings on orders issued by tax authorities and not executed before July 1, 2021 on administrative penalties for the following: 
1) for non-repatriation of currency under foreign trade export contracts, in respect of which the requirement for repatriation has been cancelled; 
2) for crediting currency under such agreements to residents' accounts in foreign banks.
 
19.10.2021
THE DURATION OF LABORATORY TESTS ON COVID-19 IS PROPOSED TO BE HALVED
It is planned to establish that no more than 24 hours should pass from the moment the material for research on COVID-19 is received by the laboratory and until its result is received by the relevant citizen. Now it takes 48 hours.
 
18.10.2021
PARENTS CAN PROHIBIT THE CHILD'S TRAVEL ABROAD FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OR TO CERTAIN COUNTRIES
In accordance with the new procedure of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the legal representative (parent, adoptive parent, guardian, trustee) may establish a general ban on the child's departure from Russia. Also, a parent may prohibit travel for a certain period and (or) to certain countries. 
It is possible to revoke a statement of disagreement to leave.
 
15.10.2021
DATA ON DANGEROUS INFECTIOUS DISEASES ABROAD AND ON EPIDEMIOLOGICALLY UNFAVOURABLE COUNTRIES CAN BE FOUND ON THE ROSZDRAVNADZOR’S WEBSITE
Information on outbreaks of infectious diseases is posted on the website of the World Health Organisation. In the event of a worsening of the epidemiological situation, the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Roszdravnadzor) regularly posts data on its website on dangerous infectious diseases abroad and on countries in which epidemiological problems in infectious diseases have been noted.
 
14.10.2021
THE FEDERAL TAX SERVICE HAS PUBLISHED NEW OPEN COMPANY DATA FOR 2020
 
The website of the Federal Tax Service contains a set of open data for 2020 - information on the income and expenses of organisations according to accounting statements.
The Tax Code of the Russian Federation provides for the placement of a number of information on the organisation that is not recognized as a tax secret.
 
13.10.2021
NEW RULES FOR DISCLOSING INFORMATION BY SECURITIES ISSUERS CAME INTO FORCE ON OCTOBER 1, 2021
According to the new rules, the composition and structure of information in the securities prospectus and the issuer's report are close to international standards. The most important information, including operational and financial indicators, information about key counterparties, will be disclosed on a consolidated basis for the issuer's group.
 
12.10.2021
EVEN MORE FOREIGNERS WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT RUSSIA
The Government of the Russian Federation lifted restrictions imposed due to the pandemic on entry to Russia for citizens of eight more countries - Andorra, Denmark, Djibouti, Colombia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru and the Republic of South Africa. Citizens of these states, as well as persons entitled to permanent residence in these countries, can enter Russia from these states through air checkpoints.
 
11.10.2021
TWO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ADDED TO THE LIST OF PROGRAMS FOR MANDATORY PRE-INSTALLATION ON COMPUTERS IN 2022
The Yandex search engine is approved as a search engine that is used on technically complex products without additional settings (enabled by factory default).
Yandex.Browser and Kaspersky Internet Security antivirus software are also additionally included (the latter is only for computers with the Windows operating system).
 
08.10.2021
YANDEX SEARCH ENGINE WILL BE USED BY DEFAULT IN SMARTPHONES, TABLETS, COMPUTERS AND TV SETS BEING SOLD
The Government of the Russian Federation has clarified the list of programs that must be pre-installed in 2022 on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, TV sets with a digital control unit. These are not only domestic programs, but also software from other EAEU countries.
The Yandex search engine should be used without additional settings (enabled by factory default). 
The list of programs preinstalled on desktop computers additionally includes Yandex.Browser and the anti-virus program Kaspersky Internet Security (on computers with Windows OS).
 
07.10.2021
THE RULES FOR MAINTAINING A UNIFIED REGISTER OF LICENCES HAVE BEEN APPROVED
In connection with the amendments made to the Law on licensing as part of the reform of the legislation on state control, the Government of the Russian Federation approved the Rules for the formation and maintenance of a unified register of licences. This register is created for the purpose of providing information to the organisation and carrying out licensing. The register will be formed on the basis of information provided by the licensing authorities, and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation will become its operator.
The register will contain detailed information on the licensed activities, a list of documents required to assess the compliance of the licence applicant (licensee) with the licence requirements; information on the types of control in relation to the licensed activity.
Publicly available registry information will be posted on its official website.
 
06.10.2021
SUPPORTING SYSTEM FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP WILL BE FORMED IN RUSSIA
The goals, objectives, priorities, principles, directions and mechanisms of state support for creative industries in Russia for the period until 2030 have been determined. 
This system will include the following: folk arts and crafts, theatre, music, cinema, animation, painting, galleries, museums, food industry, computer and video games, blogging, advertising, architecture, industrial design, fashion industry, etc.
 
05.10.2021
APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSIDIES FOR EMPLOYMENT MAY BE FILED UNTIL DECEMBER 15, 2021
The RF Government has expanded the subsidy program for employers. They will be able to apply for subsidies in the following cases: 
- when hiring unemployed citizens registered with employment services as of August 1, 2021; 
- when citizens are employed, regardless of the date of their registration with the employment service, not only graduates of universities and colleges of the last year, but also disabled people, persons released from penitentiary institutions, single parents and parents in multi-member families raising minor children or disabled children.
04.10.2021
METHODOLOGICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19 ARE ADJUSTED
The following significant clarifications are to be noted: 
- Sputnik-Light vaccine may also be used for patients 60+ (like Sputnik V and EpiVacKorona); 
- Gam-Covid-Vac-Lyo is not recommended for 60+ patients and pregnant women; and CoviVaC - for 60+ patients; 
- if you would like to checking immunity for COVID after vaccination, you need to check IgG indice.
 
01.10.2021
THE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WILL INCREASE
From October 5, 2021, regular flights will resume on certain routes with Djibouti, India, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, UAE, Peru, Uzbekistan, South Africa, Japan, Denmark. 
The ban on flights to Tanzania has been extended until November 1, 2021.
30.09.2021
SINCE SEPTEMBER 21, 2021, AIR TRAFFIC WITH IRAQ, SPAIN, SLOVAKIA AND KENYA HAS BEEN RESUMED
It is reported about the resumption of regular flights with the following states on a mutual basis from September 21, 2021: Iraq, Spain, Kenya and Slovakia.
Also, from this date, the number of regular flights with Egypt, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Qatar will be increased. In addition, flights to Turkey and Egypt from the international airports of Pskov, Magadan, Murmansk and Chita will resume.
 
29.09.2021
THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO POSTPONE THE WEEKEND IN 2022
Russians working on a five-day working week schedule with weekends on Saturday and Sunday will have the following rest periods in 2022:
from January 1 to January 9;
February 23;
from March 6 to March 8;
from April 30 to May 3;
from May 7 to May 10;
from June 11 to June 13;
from November 4 to November 6.
 
28.09.2021
THE NEWS ABOUT THE INCREASE IN THE FINE FOR INSTALLING BLINDS AND FRAME NETS IN CARS IS FAKE
Information appeared on the Internet about the strengthening of administrative liability for the installation of additional items that limit visibility from the driver's seat. This is, in particular, about blinds and frame nets. However, this is not true. 
Now for the use of blinds, nets, excessive tinting on the front side windows of cars, a fine of 500 roubles is provided. It is not planned to change the sanction.
 
27.09.2021
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST AID KITS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROVIDING FIRST AID TO WORKERS
From September 1, 2021, there are new requirements for the equipment of first aid kits for providing first aid to workers. 12 items of medical devices are designated. First aid instructions are required.
Also, these instructions are posted on the website of the department.
 
24.09.2021
KEY RATE IS INCREASED UP TO 6.75%
The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia adopted a decision on increasing the key rate by 25 basic points, that is up to 6.75% per annum. The Bank of Russia notes that in the second quarter of 2021, commercial and industrial life in Russian reached a pre-pandemic level and, according to predicting of the Bank of Russia, seems to return to the balanced growth path.
 
23.09.2021
New international auditing standards will be introduced in the Russian Federation
On the territory of the Russian Federation, new international auditing standards will be put into operation. The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation has prepared a draft order on introduction of international audit standards in Russia. The mentioned standards include the following: 
- International Auditing Standard "Identification and Assessment of Risks of Material Misstatement";
- Standard "Tasks for implementation of agreed procedures"; 
- Standard "Formation of an opinion and drawing up a report on financial statements" (from January 1, 2022); 
- Standard “Notification of Key Audit Matters in the Auditor's Report”.
 
22.09.2021
NEW RULES FOR FINANCIAL ORGANISATIONS WHEN CONCLUDING CONTRACTS WITH INDIVIDUALS - STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
From September 1, 2021, financial institutions (credit institutions, insurance organisations, non-governmental pension funds, credit cooperatives, agricultural credit consumer cooperatives, microfinance organisations, professional participants in the securities market - brokers, managers, investment advisors etc.) must provide an individual, that intends to conclude an agreement for rendering the relevant financial services, with reliable information on such agreement, including its terms and related risks.
 
21.09.2021
THE FEDERAL NOTARY CHAMBER REMINDS OF POSSIBILITY OF COLLECTING DEBTS THROUGH A NOTARY
One of the significant advantages of the notarial form when lending money is ability to repay a debt without a trial, by means of a notary's writ of execution. Moreover, writs of execution may also be used to collect debts under credit agreements, surety agreements or contracts for rendering communication services. 
If a debtor refuses to return the money, a lender may apply for a writ of execution, with notifying the borrower. If within two weeks the debtor does not take any action to return the debt, the creditor obtains a writ of execution and may apply for collection directly to bailiffs or to the bank with which the debtor’s account is opened.
 
20.09.2021
IT IS PROPOSED TO FINE FOR GARBAGE UNLOADED FROM THE CAR IN THE WRONG PLACE
The Moscow Regional Duma and the Moscow City Duma developed a draft law on amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. It is planned to increase the amount of fines, especially for repeated violations.
 
17.09.2021
FROM FEBRUARY 2022, A NEW DEADLINE FOR FILING APPLICATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS WILL APPLY: FOUR MONTHS INSTEAD OF SIX

It is reported that Protocol No. 15 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms shortens the time limit for filing an application with the European Court of Human Rights after exhaustion of domestic remedies - from 6 to 4 months. This new rule shall enter into force on February 1, 2022.

16.09.2021
SPECIFICS OF CONCLUDING BANK ACCOUNT AGREEMENTS WITH MINORS AGED FROM 14 TO 18 YEARS

The Bank of Russia explains that bank account agreements with minors aged from 14 to 18 shall be concluded only with the written consent of their legal representatives. Such representatives shall also be entitled to access information on the bank accounts opened by their wards, as well as deposits and operations performed, even if constituting bank secrets.

15.09.2021
UPDATE FOR THE CORPORATE PROPERTY TAX DECLARATION HAS BEEN PREPARED

According to Federal Law No. 305-FZ (adopted in July 2021), the declaration of real estate items belonging to organisations and taxable with property tax at cadastral value shall be cancelled from 2023. That means that taxpayers that are Russian organisations shall, starting from reports for 2022, not include information on facilities, the tax base for which is determined as their cadastral value, into the property tax declaration.

14.09.2021
ACCREDITATION OF FOREIGN COMPANIES’ BRANCHES: NEW FORMS OF DOCUMENTS

The Federal Tax Service has updated the accreditation procedure, making changes in information contained in the state register of accredited branches, or representative offices of foreign legal entities, termination of the accreditation of a branch, or representative office of a foreign legal entity operating in the Russian Federation. Due to this fact, new forms and formats of documents used in such procedures, as well as the requirements for their formalisation, are approved.

13.09.2021
THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS RELEASED ILLUSTRATED MANUALS FOR FIRST-AID KITS

According to orders of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, first-aid kits should be equipped, inter alia, with manuals for first aid. In late August 2021, such manuals were developed (and adopted) for four first-aid kits, including first-aid kits for providing first aid to employees. Each manual contains the following:

- brief instructions for the use of medical devices and medicines contained in the first-aid kit, written as understandable for non-professionals;
- a multi-purpose flexible algorithm for providing first aid in clip-art images.
10.09.2021
REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES OF FOREIGN COMPANIES: NEW RULES FOR ACCREDITATION IN RUSSIA

The Federal Tax Service has updated the accreditation procedure, amending the information included in the state register of accredited branches, representative offices of foreign legal entities, termination of the accreditation of a branch, representative office of a foreign legal entity operating in the Russian Federation.

09.09.2021
FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 THERE WILL BE NEW RULES FOR PAYING CHILDCARE SICK LEAVE UNDER THE AGE OF 8

From September 1, 2021, childcare sick leave under the age of 8, regardless of the parent's insurance record, is paid at the rate of 100% of the average earnings.

08.09.2021
THE SALES PERIOD FOR TOURS IN RUSSIA WITH CASHBACK HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

The Federal Agency for Tourism decided to extend the period until September 14, 2021 during which a tourism service can be paid for in order to receive cashback when travelling in Russia. This deadline was to expire on August 31.

The rest of the program conditions remain the same. You have to pay for a tour or hotel accommodation with a MIR card, which must be registered on the website privetmir.ru. The cashback amount will be 20% of the cost of the tourism service, but not more than 20,000 roubles. The journey must begin no earlier than on October 1 (for cruises - no earlier than on September 1) and end no later than December 24, 2021. Travel and hotel accommodation shall be booked for at least two nights.
07.09.2021
FROM SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 THERE WILL BE NEW BANK ORDERS

The update of the rules for money transfers is due, among other things, to the implementation of the international standard for financial messages ISO 20022 in the national payment system.

The details and forms of bank orders have been revised. A new type of document has appeared - a payment order. Some of the amendments are related to the transition of the Federal Treasury to conducting operations through a single treasury account. The rules on the procedure for reflecting the code of the type of income in the orders on the transfer of funds are included.
 
06.09.2021
ELECTRONIC "LETTERS OF HAPPINESS" ABOUT TRAFFIC FINES WILL BEGIN TO COME THROUGH THE UNIFIED PORTAL OF PUBLIC SERVICES

This innovation will affect those who have a confirmed account on the Unified Portal of Public Services.

From September 1, 2021, a decision on an administrative offence case is sent to the information system of the organisation of the federal postal service, and then delivered to the addressee in the form of an electronic document by posting it in the addressee's personal account on the Unified Portal of Public Services. An important condition: delivery of the decision to the personal account on the portal is possible if the addressee has completed the registration procedure in the Unified Identification and Authentication System.
On the same day, the addressee will receive a corresponding notification about the placement of the decision on the addressee’s personal account on the Unified Portal of Public Services.
 
03.09.2021
AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGISLATION ON STATE REGISTRATION OF LEGAL ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUAL ENTREPRENEURS ENTERED INTO FORCE
On August 25, 2021, amendments to the Law on State Registration of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs and the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Notaries came into force.
According to the new rules, in cases where the notary certifies the authenticity of the applicant's signature on the application for state registration of a legal entity during its creation or on the application for state registration of an individual as an individual entrepreneur, the notary also transfers the package of documents required for registration to the registering authority.
The notary must send the documents on the day of attestation, within the framework of one notarial act.
 
02.09.2021
FROM AUGUST 22, 2021, THE CMTPL POLICY CAN BE PURCHASED REGARDLESS OF THE TECHNICAL INSPECTION
The rule obliging car owners, when buying a policy, to provide the insurer with information on the issued diagnostic card or a certificate of technical inspection has been removed from the Law on Compulsory Motor Third Party Liability.
However, this does not imply an exemption from the vehicle inspection. And even vice versa - from March 1, 2022, the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation will be supplemented with a general rule providing for administrative liability for driving a vehicle for which a diagnostic card has not been issued.
 
01.09.2021
STATIONARY SOUND ADVERTISING IS PROHIBITED FROM AUGUST 25, 2021
In the Law on Advertising, a norm has appeared that prohibits the distribution of sound advertisements using sound technical equipment mounted and located on external walls, roofs and other elements of buildings.
 
31.08.2021
THE PROGRAM OF THE PREFERENTIAL FAMILY MORTGAGE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF 2023, AND MORE FAMILIES CAN APPLY FOR IT
The family mortgage program will be valid until December 31, 2023, and not until March 1, 2023. The circle of its participants has also been expanded:
- these are citizens who, from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022, has their first child (previously the second) and (or) subsequent children who are Russians (the loan rate is 6% per annum);
- citizens living in the Far East and purchasing housing there, at birth (from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022) their first child and (or) subsequent children who are Russians (loan rate - 5% per annum).
 
30.08.2021
MAKE WAY FOR ELECTRIC CARS!
The Government has approved the Concept for the development of production and use of electric motor transport in Russia for the period up to 2030. 
Special attention is paid to supporting the production of electric vehicles and stimulating demand for them. Such vehicles will be included in preferential lending and leasing programs. It is planned to start an experiment on the free travel of electric vehicles on toll roads.
By 2024, Russia plans to produce at least 25 thousand electric vehicles and open more than 9 thousand charging stations for them.
 
27.08.2021
REMOVING UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES FROM WORK IS JUST A RECOMMENDATION
On July 23, 2021, following a meeting of the Coordinating Council for Combating the Spread of the New Coronavirus Infection in the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Labour and the Federal State Agency for Health and Consumer Rights sent clarifications on the organisation of vaccination in work collectives and the procedure for recording the percentage of vaccinated employees.
Those clarifications stated, in particular, that groups of citizens defined in decisions of the chief state sanitary doctors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation should be vaccinated; those who refuse vaccination should be suspended from work. And that it is employers who need to ensure a level of collective immunity of at least 80% of the payroll of the team. These theses and a number of other theses contained in the explanations raised certain doubts about their legality.
The Ministry of Labour explained in its new letter that these clarifications are of a recommendatory nature, are not a normative legal act and do not form new obligations for the employer and the employee.
 
26.08.2021
FROM AUGUST 27, 2021 RUSSIANS WILL BE ABLE TO FLY TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SOUTH KOREA AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC
From August 27, 2021, Russia resumes flights to the Dominican Republic, South Korea and the Czech Republic. The number of regular flights to Hungary, Egypt, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan will also be increased. 
Air traffic restrictions with Tanzania have been extended until September 2, 2021.
25.08.2021
3.9 BILLION ROUBLES WILL BE SPENT ON THE PUSHKINSKAYA KARTA CULTURAL PROGRAM
The cultural program "Pushkinskaya Karta" starts on September 1.
With its help, young people aged 14 to 22 will be able to purchase tickets to theaters, museums or concert halls at public expense.
 
24.08.2021
DEDUCTIONS FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS SERVICES MAY BE OBTAINED STARTING FROM JANUARY 1, 2022
From January 1, 2022, a taxpayer may receive a social tax deduction for personal income tax in terms of expenses for health and fitness services. The deduction should not exceed 120 thousand roubles per year in total (including other social deductions for personal income tax). 
Citizens may also take into account the costs for health and fitness services provided to their minor children (including adopted children) and wards.
23.08.2021
NEW RULES FOR PROVIDING SERVICES FOR SCREENING FILMS IN CINEMAS ARE APPROVED
From March 1, 2022, the Rules for Film and Video Services for the Population, adopted in 1994, will be replaced by new Rules. 
Under the new rules, cinemas will be obliged, in particular, to do the following: 
- post information on duration of advertisements and trailers to be shown before the film; 
- inform visitors of presence of films with audio commentary and subtitles in the repertoire; 
- provide, upon visitors’ request, information on the technical characteristics of cinemas.
 
20.08.2021
APPLYING FOR PAYMENT CLARIFICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ANY TAX AUTHORITY
The Federal Tax Service informs that from August 2, 2021, if an error is found in a payment order, taxpayers are entitled to file an application for payment clarification with any tax authority, regardless of the place of registration.
 
19.08.2021
THE FEDERAL TAX SERVICE HAS APPOINTED TRUSTEES OF ITS CERTIFICATION CENTRE
 
The trustees of the certification centre of the Federal Tax Service are PJSC Sberbank of Russia and JSC Analytical Centre.
They are also authorised to issue qualified certificates of the key for verification of digital signatures, create digital signature keys.
 
18.08.2021
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION SEARCH AND PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF PATENTABILITY: THE LAW ENTERED INTO FORCE
On August 1, 2021, the Law on Preliminary Information Search and Preliminary Assessment of Patentability entered into force. 
Applicants will be able to use the preliminary information search service on a voluntary basis. The cost will be determined based on the complexity, volume and duration of each information search.
 
17.08.2021
MEDICINES PURCHASED BY A PATIENT OR BENEFACTOR MAY BE USED IN A HOSPITAL
The Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation allows medical institutions to use drugs provided by the patient himself/herself or by charitable foundations. Until now, the institution was threatened with penalties for the implementation of such schemes.
The amendments entered into force on August 9, 2021.
 
16.08.2021
VISITING RELATIVES IN HOSPITALS OR SENIOR CENTRES ONLY WITH A QR CODE AND NO LONGER THAN HALF AN HOUR
The Sanitary Department has issued "anti-COVID" recommendations for organising guest visits in hospitals, orphanages, children's camps, senior centres, boarding schools and other institutions with inpatient accommodation (’guests’ mean not only relatives or candidates for adoptive parents, but also volunteers, nurses, notaries and even priesthood). 
The following measures were proposed to counteract COVID-19. Guests shall be admitted only upon presentation of a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, or a certificate of a COVID-19 disease within 6 months, or a fresh (no more than 3 days) negative result of a PCR test for COVID.
 
13.08.2021
INFORMATION ON VACCINATION AND PCR TESTS SHALL BE POSTED AT THE SINGLE PUBLIC SERVICE PORTAL WITHIN 4 DAYS FROM RETURN FROM ABROAD
From July 30, 2021, citizens of the Russian Federation returning from abroad must post information on the results of the COVID test / disease / vaccination on the public services portal within 4 days.
 
12.08.2021
CITIZENS OF ALBANIA, FRANCE AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER RUSSIA
The RF Government has lifted restrictions imposed on entry to Russia for citizens of Albania, France and the Czech Republic introduced due to the pandemic. Citizens of these states, as well as persons with permanent residence permits issued by these countries, may enter Russia from these states through air checkpoints.
11.08.2021
THE DEADLINE FOR PAYING FOR TOURS IN RUSSIA UNDER THE CASH-BACK PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2021
Russian Federal Agency for Tourism decided to extend the period during which tourism services can be paid for in order to receive cash-back when travelling in Russia until August 31, 2021 (earlier - July 31).
The rest of the conditions of the program remained the same - payment with a MIR card, the cash-back amount will be 20% of the cost of the tourism services, but not more than 20,000 roubles. The journey must begin no earlier than October 1 and end no later than December 24, 2021.
 
10.08.2021
RUSSIAN FEDERAL AGENCY FOR TOURISM TAKES A DIM VIEW OF THE FORMATION OF TOUR PACKAGES ON THE BASIS OF CARGO AND PASSENGER AIR TRANSPORTATION
Russian Federal Agency for Tourism informs that the right granted to Russian airlines to operate non-scheduled passenger-and-cargo flights to foreign countries with which direct flights have been suspended shall not be focused on the formation of tourist products based on such transportation. 
Airlines must cancel the permits for such flights in the event of a load generated within the framework of tourism products.
The agency recommends providing tourism products formed only on the basis of regular or charter passenger traffic. 
In case of cancellation of flights, including due to cancellation of admissions, the tour operator bears all possible risks associated with this and is not exempt from liability to tourists.
 
09.08.2021
PERSONAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR FITNESS IS PROVIDED FOR EXPENSES INCURRED STARTING FROM 2022
On August 1, 2021 amendments to the Tax Code came into force, making possible to receive a social deduction for personal income tax in terms of expenses actually incurred from January 1, 2022 on physical culture and health services. The deduction may be claimed both at the tax authority and through the employer. To receive it through the tax authority, you need to submit a tax return in the form of 3-NDFL for 2022 and attach supporting documents to it. Such tax returns shall be sent to the tax authority after January 1, 2023. You also may obtain a deduction through the employer faster - in 2022.
 
06.08.2021
THE KEY RATE IS 6.5% PER ANNUM FROM JULY 26, 2021
The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia decided to increase the key rate by 100 basic points starting from July 26, to 6.50% per annum, which will continue the growth dynamics from March this year.
 
05.08.2021
THREE-DAY DEADLINE FOR POSTING COVID INFORMATION BY TOURISTS GETTING HOME FROM ABROAD
Draft amendments to a Decision of the Chief Sanitary Doctor appeared on the portal of draft regulations: information will be required within three calendar days from the date of arrival onto the territory of the Russian Federation. Please pay attention: the amendments will enter into force on the day following the date of official publication of the document
 
04.08.2021
FROM AUGUST 9, 2021 FLIGHTS WILL RESUME WITH BAHRAIN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND MOLDOVA
From August 9, 2021, regular flights will resume with Bahrain, Dominican Republic and Moldova.
Also, from August 9, the number of regular flights to Syria and to the resorts of Egypt - Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh will increase.
 
03.08.2021
THE NOTARY CAN TRANSFER TO ANOTHER CITY THE CONSENT OF THE PARENTS FOR THE CHILD TO TRAVEL ABROAD
The Federal Chamber of Notaries recalled that notaries can not only issue the consent of one of the parents for a child's trip abroad, but also send this document to another locality..
 
02.08.2021
THE RIGHT OF DISABLED CHILDREN TO PRIORITY SERVICING HAS BEEN FIXED
According to a Decree of the RF President, disabled children and persons accompanying them are referred to a group of persons subject to service out of turn at trade, public catering, consumer services, communications, utilities services, in health care, education, culture, legal services and other institutions providing services to the population.
 
30.07.2021
INVOICE JOURNAL, PURCHASE LEDGER, AND SALES LEDGER FORMATS HAVE BEEN UPDATED
A government decision amended the rules for filling in invoices, purchase ledger and sales ledger in terms of information used within the traceability system of imported goods.
 
29.07.2021
FLIGHTS WITH FRANCE AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC ARE SUPPOSED TO BE RESUMED FROM JULY 24, 2021
Russia resumes flights with the Czech Republic and France. The number of regular flights to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Lebanon, Croatia and Ethiopia shall be increased. 
Possibility of resuming flights with Egyptian Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh is being considered.
 
28.07.2021
THE VALIDITY PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR RUSSIAN PASSPORTS SUBJECT TO REPLACEMENT DUE TO ATTAINMENT BY A CITIZEN OF THE AGE OF 20 AND 45
As per the current rules, when a citizen attains the age of 20 and 45 years, the passport must be replaced. Actually, it means its termination from the moment of the occurrence of such events. Starting from now, such passports will remain valid until the day a new passport is issued, but no more than 90 days after the date when the citizen reaches the age of 20 and 45, respectively.
 
27.07.2021
THE LAW ON CIRCULATION OF MEDICINES PRESCRIBES THE RULES FOR INTRODUCTION OF MEDICINES FOR ANIMALS INTO CIRCULATION
Instead of the mechanism of mandatory conformity assessment, manufacturers and importers will submit information on the quality of veterinary drugs to the Rosselkhoznadzor. For a drug that is being put into circulation for the first time, the Rosselkhoznadzor will need test reports for the first two series, for those already introduced - a test report for one series of each trade name shall be submitted annually.
 
26.07.2021
MEDICAL CERTIFICATES FOR THE RIGHT TO OWN WEAPONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE CARRIED OUT ONLY BY MUNICIPAL OR STATE CLINICS AND ONLY FOR A FEE
The law on medical contraindications to the possession of weapons for civilians was signed. Among the legal innovation are the following:
- the exclusive right to conduct such a medical examination will remain only with medical organisations of the state and municipal health systems;
- a medical conclusion based on the results of the survey is drawn up in electronic form and posted in the Unified State Health Information System (in a special register of documents containing information about the results of a medical examination). Information about the issued medical certificates is transferred to the Federal National Guard Troops Service;
- if the health of the owner of the weapon is shaken and he/she develops diseases (contraindications to the possession of a weapon, identified during any medical examination or medical assistance), the medical organisation is obliged to notify the citizen himself/herself, post a message about the existence of grounds for an extraordinary medical examination and the cancellation of the last medical certificate in the same Uniform State Health Information System register where medical reports are stored, and separately send a message to the Federal National Guard Troops Service (guards are obliged to take away weapons and supplies from a citizen before an extraordinary medical examination).
 
23.07.2021
Procedure for submitting information by credit institutions to the Federal Financial Monitoring Service has been clarified
Amendments have been made to the procedure for submitting information by credit institutions, upon the request of the Rosfinmonitoring, concerning customer transactions, beneficial owners of customer companies and information on funds transfer on customer accounts.
 
22.07.2021
From July 7, 2021, Russian citizens returning from abroad need only one PCR test for COVID-19, but those vaccinated and persons that have been exposed to the virus in the past, do not need it at all
Vaccinated (within the previous year) persons and those that have been exposed to the virus within the previous six months will not need PCR tests. For other citizens of the Russian Federation, a single laboratory test for COVID-19 via the PCR method will be enough within three calendar days from the date of arrival. Information on the results of such test must be downloaded via personal account of a citizen on the web-portal of public services.
 
21.07.2021
Banks shall inform consumers, in a visual form, of the terms of deposits

The Law on Banking Activities has been supplemented with a new article defining a procedure for informing individuals of the terms of bank deposit agreements. Banks will be obliged to indicate the main terms of the deposit in the table placed on the first page of the agreement and done in a clear, well-readable font using the maximum font size used in the agreement.

 
20.07.2021
Criminal liability for drunk driving has been strengthened since July 12, 2021
The new edition of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation contains an article that provides for criminal liability for driving while intoxicated. Stricter liability is established for persons that have already a criminal record for committing a similar crime or for a violation committed in a state of intoxication, which caused serious harm to the health, or even death of people. As a punishment for such crime, a fine may be imposed, as well as imprisonment with deprivation of a driver's licence. 
19.07.2021
Charter flights to Egypt will resume
The ban on charter flights from Russia to Egypt has been lifted. The ban on flights to Egypt was introduced in November 2015 due to the crash of the Russian airliner. Regular flights to Cairo were resumed in 2018.
 
16.07.2021
FROM AUGUST 1, 2021, NEW REGULATIONS APPLY FOR STATE ACCREDITATION OF IT COMPANIES
The Government of the Russian Federation approved new Regulations on state accreditation of organisations operating in the area of information technology.
Let us recall that the presence of state accreditation is one of the necessary conditions for obtaining benefits by IT organisations in terms of income tax and insurance premium rates.
 
15.07.2021
THE LEGAL REGIME OF THE CONVERTIBLE LOAN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SETTLED
The Law on Joint Stock Companies and the Law on Limited Liability Companies have been supplemented with the norms governing relations under a convertible loan agreement. Such an agreement presupposes the right of the lender, upon the occurrence of an agreed period or other circumstances, instead of returning the loan amount and paying interest, to demand from the borrower (non-public joint stock companies or limited liability companies) to take actions as a result of which the lender acquires a certain share of participation in the company (placement of additional shares, the borrower’s acceptance into a limited liability company or an increase in the size and par value of the share belonging to it).
 
14.07.2021
OBLIGATION OF AUTHORITIES AND ORGANISATIONS TO RESPOND TO REQUESTS FROM STATE LEGAL BUREAUS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED
State legal bureaus are empowered to send official appeals to state authorities, local governments, public associations and other organisations as part of the provision of free legal aid to citizens. Organisations are required to provide a written response to it within 30 days.
 
13.07.2021
SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE FOR CONFIRMING THE OPERATION IN THE MEDICINES LABELLING SYSTEM HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY
Until February 1, 2022, the simplified scheme for confirming the accuracy of information submitted to the human drug movement monitoring system (SMDLP) has been extended. This can still be done, for example, by a pharmacy, within a working day from the date of registration in the SMDLP of information about the drugs taken, but before submission of information about further operations with them.
 
12.07.2021
IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO REGISTER BIRTH, DEATH OR DIVORCE IN ANY REGISTRY OFFICE
A law was adopted to improve the civil registration system. In particular, it provides for: 
- for registration of all acts of civil status, you can apply to any Agency of Civil Acts Registration Bureau or the Multifunctional Public Services Centre; 
- the possibility of state registration of birth or death without a personal visit by the applicants to the registry office. For this, federal registers of medical documents on birth and death will be maintained and transferred to the Unified State Register for Registry Offices.
 
09.07.2021
FROM JULY 1, 2021, A CERTIFIED DIGITAL SIGNATURE FOR LEGAL ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUAL ENTREPRENEURS CAN BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE AT THE CERTIFICATION CENTRE OF THE FEDERAL TAX SERVICE
The Federal Tax Service recalled that from July 1, you can obtain an approved certificate of the electronic signature verification key in the certification centre of the Federal Tax Service. The service is free. 
To obtain an approved certificate, the following individuals can apply to the certification centre of the Federal Tax Service:
- a legal entity (an individual entitled to act without power of attorney);
- a private entrepreneur;
- a notary.
 
08.07.2021
MANDATORY REPATRIATION OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS CANCELLED FOR EXPORTERS OF NON-PRIMARY PRODUCTS
For non-resource non-energy exports, the requirement for residents to repatriate to their accounts in authorised banks foreign currency owed under agreements between residents and non-residents for goods transferred to non-residents, works performed for them, services rendered to them, information transferred to them and results of intellectual activity, including exclusive rights to them.
At the same time, it is possible to credit export foreign exchange earnings to exporters' accounts opened in banks abroad.
 
07.07.2021
CONTROL OVER THE CIRCULATION OF WEAPONS WILL BE TIGHTENED
A law was signed to tighten control over circulation of weapons. In particular, it provides for the following: 
- raising the age of acquiring hunting weapons and smooth-bore long-barreled self-defence weapons to 21 years; 
- ban for distribution in the mass media and the Internet of instructions on illegal manufacturing or conversion of weapons, or the main parts of firearms; 
- restrictions on issuance of a licence to purchase weapons to citizens with criminal records and to those held liable for driving in a state of intoxication; 
- cancellation of licences and permits in case of refusal to grant access to authorised officials to the places of storage of weapons to check the conditions of their storage, as well as in case of refusal to provide weapons for inspection.
 
06.07.2021
PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON DEPOSITS’ INTEREST: FORMS ARE APPROVED BY WHICH BANKS SHOULD REPORT INFORMATION TO THE TAX AUTHORITIES
From January 1, 2021, interest income on deposits (account balances) in Russian banks paid to an individual for the year (net of non-taxable interest income) shall be taxable with individual income tax. Citizens are not required to declare such income or register it in any way. Tax authorities will calculate the amount of personal income tax at the end of the year based on information from banks and will send a notification to an individual to pay personal income tax. For the first time, depositors will have to pay this tax for 2021 only in 2022 (until December 1, 2022).
 
05.07.2021
PRESIDENT SIGNED AMENDMENTS TO THE CIVIL CODE ON ONLINE MEETINGS
From July 1, 2021, meetings of participants in civil law communities can be held remotely. 
Meeting methods may be combined.
 
02.07.2021
CITIZENS OF SEVEN MORE COUNTRIES ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER RUSSIA
The Russian government lifted the restrictions on entry to Russia for citizens of seven more countries, introduced due to the pandemic - Austria, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Morocco and Croatia. Citizens of these states, as well as persons entitled to permanent residence in these countries, can enter Russia from these states through air checkpoints.
 
01.07.2021
COVID! IT WAS DECIDED TO RESUME FLIGHTS WITH BELGIUM, BULGARIA, JORDAN, IRELAND, ITALY, CYPRUS, NORTH MACEDONIA, THE USA AND TURKEY
From June 22, Russia will resume flights with Turkey, and from June 28 - with Belgium, Bulgaria, Jordan, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, North Macedonia, USA. 
Air traffic restrictions with Tanzania extended until July 19.
 
30.06.2021
THOSE WHO HAVE HAD COVID-19, INCLUDING THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK MEDICAL CARE, WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERGO AN IN-DEPTH MEDICAL EXAMINATION
From July 1, 2021, those who have recovered from COVID-19, as well as citizens in relation to whom there is no information about the transferred COVID-19 disease, will be able to undergo an in-depth medical examination.
 
29.06.2021
TRANSFER OF RIGHTS TO SOFTWARE INCLUDED INTO THE UNIFIED REGISTER OF RUSSIAN SOFTWARE SHALL BE EXEMPTED FROM VAT, REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF CONTRACTS CONCLUDED
Exemption from VAT upon the transfer in 2021 of the rights to use software included into the unified register of Russian software shall apply regardless of the type of contracts being concluded. 
 
28.06.2021
CATERING WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM PAYING VAT
The State Duma adopted a law that, among other things, exempts catering organisations from paying value added tax. Starting from January 1, 2022, on the territory of Russia for catering services rendered on the territory of Russia through restaurants, cafes, bars, fast food outlets, buffets, cafeterias, canteens, snack bars, culinary departments at these facilities or other similar catering facilities, as well as off-site service, shall not be taxable with value added tax.
 
25.06.2021
COMPULSORY COVID-19 VACCINATION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN MOSCOW AND THE MOSCOW REGION FOR PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES AND CITIZENS ENGAGED IN TRADE AND SERVICES
The Chief State Sanitary Doctors of the city of Moscow and the Moscow region ordered to vaccinate public sector employees and persons engaged in the spheres of trade, services, transport, education, health care, etc. 
 
24.06.2021
CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ARE ADJUSTED
The new version sets out the scope of rights under the pledged security, that may be exercised by the pledgee, aimed at reducing risks of the pledger in terms of loss of control. 
Also, the Code was supplemented by a rule that gives the Government of the Russian Federation the right, in the cases and on the conditions provided for by an international treaty, to decide on the use of an invention for production of a medicinal product on the territory of Russia for the purpose of exporting it without the consent of the patent holder. The latter is then entitled to obtain proportionate compensation. 
The purpose of these changes is to form a legal basis for providing assistance in emergency situations upon requests of foreign states that do not possess their own production facilities for production of medicines necessary to combat epidemics. 
 
23.06.2021
BANKS WILL BE FINED FOR ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO RECOVERING OVERDUE DEBTS
Amendments to the legislation concern holding liable legal entities the main activity of which is the return of overdue debts. 
Penalties for credit organisations are introduced for violation of requirements of the legislation on protection of rights and legitimate interests of citizens in performing such activities. Amounts of fines are increased. 
22.06.2021
KEY RATE INCREASED TO 5.5% PER ANNUM
 
The Bank of Russia Board of Directors raised the key rate from June 15, 2021 by 50 basic points to 5.5% per annum. However, the Central Bank predicts a further increase in the key rate at the next meetings. 
 
21.06.2021
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO BUY TICKETS FOR LONG-DISTANCE TRAINS AT DISCOUNTED FARES
Parents, as well as tutors-at-law, travelling within Russia on long-distance trains with one child or several children under the age of 18 will be able to buy tickets at discounted rates. The reduced fare shall be calculated as the difference between the cost of a ticket for the selected route in a compartment and half of its cost in a reserved seat carriage.
18.06.2021
FOREIGN CARRIERS WERE WARNED ABOUT THE NEED TO PAY FINES FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

 

On June 7, 2021, certain amendments to the Law on State Control over the Implementation of International Road Carriages and on Liability for Violation of the Rules for the Conduct Thereof came into force.
Now the obligation to pay an administrative fine for traffic violations will affect drivers of foreign vehicles leaving the territory of Russia and participating in transportation activities.
The vehicle can be allowed to leave only after the payment of an administrative fine by the driver (traffic offender).
 
17.06.2021
IN ORDER TO REMOTELY SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO A UNIVERSITY, APPLICANTS CAN RECEIVE AN ENCRYPTED AND CERTIFIED DIGITAL SIGNATURE CERTIFICATE AT THE CERTIFICATION CENTRE OF THE CADASTRAL CHAMBER
For remote admission to a university, applicants need to prepare not only a package of documents, but also receive an encrypted and certified digital signature certificate. 
A certificate of an encrypted and certified digital signature can be obtained from the certification centre of the Cadastral Chamber. An individual's encrypted and certified digital signature certificate cannot be obtained in the name of another person by power of attorney.
16.06.2021
BOTTLED WATER WILL BE MARKED WITH IDENTIFICATION MEANS

From September 1, 2021, the rules for labelling packaged water with identification means shall be established.

It will be necessary to apply identification means and submit data into the state information system for monitoring the turnover of goods, depending on the category of goods, from December 1, 2021 or from March 1, 2022.

15.06.2021
SHOPPING CENTRES ARE RECOGNIZED AS AN INDEPENDENT ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
Amendments to the All-Russia Classifier of Economic Activities (OKVED 2) and All-Russia Classifier of Products by Type of Economic Activity (OKPD 2) were approved by the order of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology. These amendments provide for the isolation of activities and services for the lease and management of own or leased commercial real estate into separate codes for economic activity and product codes.
14.06.2021
CREDIT, INSURANCE ORGANISATIONS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL PENSION FUNDS WILL HAVE TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ON CONTROLLING PERSONS

 Credit, insurance organisations and non-governmental pension funds will have to provide the Bank of Russia with information on their controlling persons from July 1, 2021. 

This information, filled in according to special templates, will be disclosed on the website of the Bank of Russia.

 
11.06.2021
A BAN ON ‘GRAY’ SIM CARDS IS INTRODUCED
On June 1, 2021, amendments to the Law on Communications entered into force. The amendments are intended to counteract the theft of mobile phones, the proliferation of illegal SIM-cards, and also contribute to the de-anonymization of corporate mobile subscribers.
From now on, subscribers who are legal entities or individual entrepreneurs concluded an agreement on the provision of mobile radiotelephone communication services can provide individuals with the opportunity to use corporate communication services under this agreement only if the corporate subscriber has entered information about such users into the Unified System of Identification and Authentication.
 
10.06.2021
TRANSFERS THROUGH THE FAST PAYMENT SYSTEM WILL BECOME MORE ACCESSIBLE
The Bank of Russia informs about an increase in the limit for money transfers of citizens on accounts through the Faster Payments System up to 150 thousand roubles in a day.
As the Central Bank of the Russian Federation explains, at the moment some banks are underestimating the limits on the volume of transfers via the Faster Payments System (FPS) per day. Credit institutions will have to adjust them by June 10, 2021 inclusive.
And from April 1, 2022, FPS participants will be obliged to provide customers with the opportunity to pay for purchases and services using the FPS mobile application.
 
09.06.2021
COVID! FLIGHTS TO LONDON RESUMED FROM JUNE 2, 2021, AND FLIGHTS TO TURKEY AND TANZANIA ARE PROHIBITED UNTIL JUNE 21, 2021
From June 10, 2021, flights with Austria, Hungary, Mauritius, Morocco, Croatia, Albania, Lebanon and Luxembourg will resume. 
Also, from that date, the number of flights from Greece, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Qatar, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Egypt and Serbia will be increased. Air communication with Germany on the route Moscow - Munich will open. 
Flights from Moscow to London resumed from June 2, 2021. 
The ban on flights with Turkey and Tanzania has been extended until June 21, 2021 inclusive.
 
08.06.2021
THE GOVERNMENT WILL SUPPORT DOMESTIC CHARTER FLIGHTS
Government starts support program for tour operators using domestic charter flights. It assumes reimbursement of travel companies 50% of the cost of organising a charter. At the same time, at least six paired flights along the same route must be involved in the transportation of tourists. The number of passengers carried must be at least 300 people on one route. Expenses are reimbursed only for charter flights ordered by the tour operator from June 1, 2020.
 
07.06.2021
UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE, PRE-RETIREES AND WOMEN ON MATERNITY LEAVE CAN FREE RETRAIN

 For citizens who have lost their jobs, retraining and additional vocational education programs are available with the possibility of further employment. The following people can also become members of these programs:

- individuals aged 50 and over;
- individuals of pre-retirement age;
- women on parental leave under 3 years of age;
- unemployed women and have preschool children.
 
04.06.2021
SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE IS AVAILABLE WHEN FILING DOCUMENTS FOR STATE REGISTRATION OF ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSMEN

 A notary that attested authenticity of the signature on an application for state registration of an organisation (at its creation) or an individual businessman, shall send such application with other necessary documents attached to a registering authority. 

Notarial certification of the signature on the application, as well as the subsequent sending of the relevant documents to a registering authority, shall be performed by notaries within the framework of one notarial act. 
If there are several founders of an organisation, then the documents shall be submitted by a notary that certified the signature of the last applicant. 
03.06.2021
IN RUSSIA, A NEW INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARD IS INTRODUCED

 A new IFRS 17 "Insurance Contracts" is put into operation in Russia. From the date of the official publication of the new standard, the previous IFRS shall be terminated in our country. 

 
02.06.2021
THE MAXIMUM VALIDITY TERM FOR AN ORDINARY TOURIST VISA: 6 MONTHS

 Ordinary tourist visas will be issued for a period of up to six months. Condition to comply: a foreign citizen must have a confirmation of acceptance by the tour operator or reservation in a hotel or another accommodation facility from the unified list of qualified hotels, ski slopes, beaches. 

 
01.06.2021
CHILDCARE SICK LEAVES WILL BE PAID IN FULL (100 PER CENT) VOLUME STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER, 2021

 From September 1, 2021 childcare sick leaves (this refers to children up to seven years old inclusive) in the amount of 100% of the average earnings, regardless of length of service. This measure will allow receiving increased payments to 1.5 million parents annually. 

31.05.2021
‘NO’ FOR OUTDOORS AUDITORY ADVERTISING

 It is prohibited to distribute auditory advertising using sound engineering equipment mounted and located on external walls, roofs or other structural elements of buildings, structures and facilities.

 
28.05.2021
RUSSIA RESUMES FLIGHTS WITH ICELAND, MALTA, MEXICO, PORTUGAL AND SAUDI ARABIA

 Regular international flights with Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal and Saudi Arabia will resume on May 25, 2021. 

The number of regular flights with South Korea, Finland and Japan is increasing on a reciprocal basis. Flights to foreign countries are resumed from the international airports of Omsk, Syktyvkar, Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk and Ulan-Ude.
 
27.05.2021
A DRAFT CASH-BACK PROGRAM FOR THE PURCHASE OF VOUCHERS TO CHILDREN'S CAMPS HAS BEEN PREPARED

 According to the document, it will be possible to return 50% of the cost of the voucher for recreational and health improvement of children if the trip is made before September 15, 2021 before September 15, 2021. In this case, the tourist service must be paid for with a Mir card, and the rest period in the children's camp must be at least one shift. 

 
26.05.2021
THE RULES FOR REGISTRATION AT THE PLACE OF RESIDENCE AND PLACE OF STAY HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED

 Amendments have been made to the Rules for registration and de-registration of citizens of the Russian Federation at the place of stay and at the place of residence within the Russian Federation. 

It is clarified that registration shall be carried out on the basis of the principle of extraterritoriality, that is, citizens will be able to choose any registration authority within an urban district or municipal district, and for the federally significant cities - within their territories. 
25.05.2021
STARTING FROM 2022, PATIENTS WILL BE ABLE TO REQUEST PAPER TRANSCRIPTS FROM ELECTRONIC MEDICAL SICK-LEAVE CERTIFICATES

 Starting from the next year, medical institutions will be obliged to provide patients with an extract from the electronic certificate of incapacity, if necessary. 

24.05.2021
THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF TOURISM IS NO LONGER VALID

 On May 12, 2021, the Agreement between Russia and Ukraine on cooperation in the field of tourism was terminated.

21.05.2021
A DRAFT LAW ON ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT ADMINISTRATION INTRODUCED INTO THE STATE DUMA

 The draft law is supposed to supplement the Labour Code of the Russian Federation with a new article concerning the document administration in electronic form in the sphere of labour relations, thereby providing for the possibility and mechanisms of keeping records (in as much as it concerns work-related documents) in electronic form without paper duplicates in order to create more opportunities for the remote employment.

 
20.05.2021
THE FEDERAL SERVICE FOR SUPERVISION OVER CONSUMERS’ RIGHTS PROTECTION AND HUMAN WELL-BEING: INCLUDING A CONDITION ON A FINE FOR EARLY REPAYMENT OF THE LOAN INTO THE LOAN AGREEMENT IS PROHIBITED

 The agency recalled that, according to a general rule of the Civil Code, the borrower shall return the loan amount received to the lender within the terms and in compliance with the procedure prescribed in the loan agreement. However, the amount of a loan provided for interest and not related to entrepreneurial activity may be paid as pre-scheduled, in full or in parts. 

Implementation of this right shall not be encumbered by the creditor with any penalties. 
Therefore, if such condition is included into the loan agreement, it should be recognised as invalid, and a person guilty for such illegal actions may be brought to administrative responsibility.
 
19.05.2021
THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION DENIED INFORMATION ABOUT TOUGHENING THE RULES FOR THE COLLECTION OF MUSHROOMS OR BERRIES BY CITIZENS

 The department denied information that appeared in the media and explained that there are no restrictions for citizens on the collection of non-wood and food forest resources: wild fruits, berries, nuts, or mushrooms.

18.05.2021
REPRINTING THE CONTENT OF FOREIGN MEDIA AGENTS WITHOUT INDICATING THE FOREIGN AGENCY IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO 50 THOUSAND ROUBLES

 A new offence has appeared in the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation - a new offence is included among other types of abuse of freedom of the media. This is the distribution in the media (including on the Internet) of the content of the foreign media agent (it does not matter, foreign or Russian) without a note that this content was created by a foreign agent. For such informational misconduct, a fine may be imposed.

 
17.05.2021
COVID! THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION HAS ISSUED NEW ‘CORONAVIRUS’ RECOMMENDATIONS: VERSION 11

 The Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation has issued new (11th) Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of COVID. These Guidelines, with photo examples of X-ray images, set out the principles of diagnosis, hospitalization, treatment and discharge of patients, lists of recommended drugs, algorithms for their use and many other useful materials.

14.05.2021
THE SERVICE ‘LIST OF FOREIGN CITIZENS WHO CAN CROSS THE BORDER’ IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE SERVICES PORTAL

 Entry into Russia is possible for foreigners: 

- entering the country for treatment; 
- moving to close relatives in need of care. 
The Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation clarified what documents are required for foreigners to enter. 
The service "List of foreign citizens who can cross the border" has been published on the public services portal.
 
13.05.2021
FROM MAY 1, 2021, ONLY NEW ACCOUNT DETAILS WILL BE IN BILLS FOR PAYMENT OF TAXES

 In connection with the transition to a new system of treasury services for budget receipts from May 1 of this year, all taxpayers, when filling out payment orders for tax payments, in the requisite "Account number of the beneficiary's bank" must indicate the new account number of the beneficiary's bank. Be careful: from this date, payments with incorrect details will be among the unidentified payments.

 
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. 

09.04.2021
COVID! FROM APRIL 1, 2021, FLIGHTS TO GERMANY, VENEZUELA, SYRIA, TAJIKISTAN, UZBEKISTAN AND SRI LANKA WILL RESUME

 From April 1, 2021, it was decided to resume regular international flights with Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka (one flight from Moscow every week), as well as with Venezuela (Moscow - Caracas twice a week). 

In addition, from April 1, air traffic with Germany will open and the number of flights to Cuba will increase.
Foreigners must have a negative coronavirus test done by PCR no earlier than 72 hours before flying to the Russian Federation. Russian citizens must pass a PCR test upon arrival in Russia within 72 hours.
 
08.04.2021
SINCE 2021, THE PROCEDURE FOR LICENSING ACTIVITIES FOR THE TECHNICAL PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION HAS CHANGED

 In connection with the introduction of the registry model for the provision of public services, the procedure for obtaining licences for the technical protection of confidential information has been adjusted. 

The rules on the issuance of a duplicate or copy of a licence are excluded. The list of grounds for refusal to provide public services has been expanded. Norms on payment of state fees are clarified. Provisions for issuing a licence on paper are excluded. 
The issues of providing an extract from the register of licences have been resolved. Licence on a paper medium is provided for a fee.
07.04.2021
ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT FOR DECLARING PERSONAL INCOME TAX OBTAINED

 Before April 30, 2021, declarations on income obtained in 2020 shall be filed with tax authorities. 

It must be done, if you sold real estate that was owned for less than the minimum period of ownership, or in the case of expensive gifts received not from near relatives, or winning an amount in a lottery, renting out property or obtaining income from foreign sources. You should also file a declaration if you are an individual businessman, a notary in private practice, a lawyer that has established a law office, or if you are engaged in another private activity.
06.04.2021
SPECIAL PROCEDURE FOR ISSUING QUARANTINE SICK LEAVE TO PERSONS OVER 65 IS VALID UNTIL MAY 1, 2021

 The RF government decided to extend the Temporary Rules for issuing certificates of incapacity for work (sick leave), assignment and payment of benefits for temporary incapacity for work in case of quarantine for insured persons aged 65 or over, until May 1, 2021. 

05.04.2021
RESORT TAX IN CRIMEA POSTPONED AGAIN - UNTIL MAY 1, 2022

 The Law of the Republic of Crimea, dated December 23, 2020, postponed application of the resort tax in Crimea until May 1, 2022.

02.04.2021
SINCE MARCH 20, 2021 WRITTEN FORM OF THE STORAGE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITIZENS SHALL BE NECESSARY IF THE VALUE OF THE THING EXCEEDS 10,000 ROUBLES

 In connection with the amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation regarding the replacement of the words “the minimum wage” by fixed rouble amounts, the lower limit of the cost of things transferred to citizens' storage has changed. Now it's 10,000 roubles.

The transfer of the thing must be certified by the keeper by issuing to the depositor a deposit receipt, deposit ticket, certificate or other documents signed by the keeper.
 
01.04.2021
FINES FOR VIOLATIONS IN THE FIELD OF PERSONAL DATA WILL INCREASE FROM MARCH 27, 2021

 At the end of February, amendments to Article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation were introduced; these amendments provide for tougher liability for violations in the field of personal data. The sanctions for such violations no longer provide for the possibility of applying a warning, and amounts of fines has doubled. Repeated committing of some violations is highlighted in separate offences.

 
31.03.2021
ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FORUM WILL BE HELD ONLINE

 The RF Ministry of Justice informs that the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum "Nine and three quarters: Vaccination with law" will take place from May 18 to 22.

 
30.03.2021
KEY RATE IS INCREASED

 On March 19, 2021, the Bank of Russia decided to raise the key rate by 25 basic points up to 4.5% per annum. 

The growth rate of consumer prices in the first quarter is higher than the forecasted one. Annual inflation is supposed to come back to a target of around 4% in the first half of 2022. 
 
29.03.2021
FROM AUGUST 1, 2021 DOCTORAL THESIS MAY BE ISSUED IN THE FORM OF SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

 Another form of defence of doctoral thesis has been introduced: it may be formalised as a scientific report prepared on the basis of previously published works. Applicants specialising in natural, technical, biomedical and agricultural sciences must have at least 30 published works within the previous 10 years in internationally recognised publications. For soft sciences, economic and social sciences the number of such publications is fixed as at least 50.

 
26.03.2021
COVID! ANY LABORATORY MAY DO CORONAVIRUS TESTS

 Any laboratory, including private non-state laboratories, has the right to organise testing for coronavirus. To do this, one can submit a notification on the website of the Federal Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing. The only requirement is the mandatory transfer of information to the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing in case of detection of a new coronavirus.

 
25.03.2021
RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHTS WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER MONTH

 The Government of the Russian Federation informed about the adopted decision on the next extension of the deadlines for the suspension of flights with Great Britain - until 23:59 hours on April 16, 2021.

 
24.03.2021
THE CASHBACK PROGRAMME FOR THE PURCHASE OF TOURS IN RUSSIA WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN 2021

 The Government of the Russian Federation decided to extend the tourist cashback programme for 2021. The conditions of the program will remain the same: the duration of the tour or hotel stay is at least two nights; the refund amount - 20% of the tour cost, but not more than 20 thousand roubles; trips must be paid for with a Mir card.

23.03.2021
IN THE FALL 2021, NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST AID KITS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO PROVIDE FIRST AID TO EMPLOYEES

 From September 1, 2021, new requirements will apply to the first aid kits used to provide first aid to employees. Twelve items (medical devices) are designated for the complete set. First aid instructions are required. Previously produced (completed) first-aid kits may be used until their expiration date, but no later than until August 31, 2025.

 
22.03.2021
NOTE TO MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS’ LAWYERS: STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW RULES FOR PROVIDING PAID MEDICAL SERVICES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PUT INTO FORCE

 Rospotrebnadzor submitted draft new Rules for providing paid medical services. In general, the draft repeats the current Rules, however, a number of points are planned to be settled differently: 

- text of the contract on rendering paid medical services must be printed in legible font; 
- it will not be possible to include into the contract conditions on limiting performer's liability for results of treatment; 
- according to the draft, customer feedback books shall be available in medical institutions; 
- new rules for concluding a contract remotely shall appear. 
 
19.03.2021
THE TERM ‘MINIMUM MONTHLY WAGE’ IS FINALLY EXCLUDED FROM THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 In the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the term “minimum monthly wage” was replaced by fixed amounts. This parameter was used in the context of determining the value of the item being transferred for storage.

 
18.03.2021
PLANNED DATES OF THE UNIFIED NATIONAL EXAM IN 2021

 Ministry of Education and Federal Education and Science Supervision Service presented a draft timetable for the Unified National Exam for 2021. 

The bulk of students will take the Unified National Exam from May 31 to June 25. In particular, the Russian language exam is planned to be held on June 3 and 4. The Unified National Exam in mathematics of the profile level will be held on June 7.
17.03.2021
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION BECOMES PUBLICLY AVAILABLE

 Law on access to information on the state of the environment is signed. 

This information is publicly available and is posted on the official websites of departments in the form of open data. This is information about environmental pollution, radiation conditions, emissions and discharges of pollutants, waste management, measures to reduce the negative impact on the environment, etc.
There is a ban on classifying information about the state of the environment. Also, this data cannot constitute a commercial secret.
 
16.03.2021
IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, UNIVERSITIES WILL BE ABLE TO CONDUCT INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATION REMOTELY USING BIOMETRICS

In the 2021/2022 academic year, universities will be able to conduct intermediate certification for undergraduate, specialist and graduate programs using distance learning technologies that provide personal identification through the Unified Biometric System and control of test conditions (proctoring service).

 
15.03.2021
VACCINATING YOUR PET AGAINST RABIES: IS IT RECOMMENDED TO GET VACCINATED IN A PRIVATE CLINIC?

 Evasion of registration and vaccination of dogs and cats living in Moscow against rabies in veterinary institutions is punishable by a fine.

Many Muscovites vaccinate their pets in private veterinary clinics because of the convenient working hours (a private veterinarian will easily accept a pet late at night) and of transport accessibility.
Meanwhile, the rules for keeping dogs and cats in Moscow unambiguously require the annual vaccination of dogs against rabies, starting from three months of age, regardless of the breed, exclusively in state veterinary institutions at the place of residence of animal owners, and state registration of tailed pets - in the same places.
 
12.03.2021
ORGANISATIONS SHOULD PAY TRANSPORT AND LAND TAXES NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2021

 Provisions of Federal Law No. 325-FZ on the uniform term for organisations to pay transport and land taxes came into force. Since now taxpayers shall pay the mentioned taxes no later than on March 1 of the year following the expired tax period. 

Therefore, these taxes for 2020 should be paid no later than on March 1, 2021. 
 
11.03.2021
RESIDENCE PERMITS SHALL BE FORMALISED ON NEW BLANK FORMS

 Starting from March 1, 2021, new forms for residence permits are applicable. 

Permits will be issued without limitation of the validity period, except for issuing permits to high-skilled professionals and their family members. 
Residence permits shall be reissued when a person reaches age of 14, 20 and 45. Residence permits issued to stateless persons are to be replaced at least once each 10 years to ensure the security of information stored in the document's microchip. 
10.03.2021
THE VALIDITY PERIOD OF VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC CARDS EXPIRING BETWEEN FEBRUARY 1 AND SEPTEMBER 30 HAS BEEN EXTENDED

 The Governmental Decision has extended for six months validity period of diagnostic cards that which expire from February 1 to September 30, 2021. 

The specified extension of the validity period does not require additional changes to be made into diagnostic cards. Thus, drivers shall not perform any additional actions. 
 
09.03.2021
SMOKING ON BALCONIES: BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH, BUT NOT PROHIBITED BY THE FIRE SAFETY RULES

 The RF Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters explained that smoking cigarettes on balconies of apartment buildings is not prohibited by the new Fire Fighting Regulations. However, if a cigarette butt, a match, or a burning spark fly out from the "smoking" balcony and fall on someone else's balcony or even into an open window of another apartment and result in a fire, than the smoker will face at least an administrative penalty. And if such fire causes serious consequences, then there will also be criminal liability. 

 
08.03.2021
THE RF GOVERNMENT SIGNED A DECISION ON THE STATE FINAL CERTIFICATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN 2021 (IT WILL BE HELD UNDER SIMPLIFIED RULES)

 For ninth-graders, certificates of the basic general education will be issued based on the results of the state final certification in the Russian language and mathematics. Exams for other subjects are not planned. 

Graduates of the 11th grade that are not going to enter universities will need to pass the state final exam in the Russian language and mathematics instead of the Uniform State Examination. And only graduates that are going to higher education institutions will need to pass through the Uniform State Examination. At the same time, to obtain a certificate, results of the exam in the Russian language will be enough for such students.
 
05.03.2021
EXTENSION OF THE STORAGE PERIOD FOR ACCOUNTING AND TAX DOCUMENTS AS WELL AS OTHER AMENDMENTS TO PART ONE OF THE TAX CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 Amendments have been made to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, according to which:

- the period of storage of documents for the payment, calculation and withholding of taxes with the taxpayer and the tax agent has been increased from 4 to 5 years;
- cases have been established when banks are obliged to issue to tax authorities copies of passports of persons entitled to receive funds on the client's account (disposing of them), powers of attorney to receive them (disposing of them), documents related to maintaining the customer's account, cards with samples of signatures and imprints stamps, as well as information about beneficial owners, representatives of the client;
- the taxpayer's personal account can be accessed by tax authorities, as well as other persons to exercise their rights and obligations established by federal laws.
 
04.03.2021
COVID! NOW THERE ARE THREE VACCINES AGAINST COVID-19 IN RUSSIA

 The RF Ministry of Public Health announces the registration of the third Russian vaccine for prevention of the coronavirus. It is named "KoviVac" and created using classical technology. The new vaccine contains the inactivated virus.

 
03.03.2021
UNTIL THE END OF 2021, MEETINGS OF SHAREHOLDERS CAN BE HELD IN ABSENTIA

 Amendments to the Law on International Companies and Funds have been introduced. 

Until the end of 2021, it will be possible to hold meetings of shareholders of joint stock companies in absentia to elect the board of directors or supervisory board, to elect the audit commission, approve the auditor, approve the annual report and annual accounting (financial) statements of the company.
 
02.03.2021
FROM MARCH 1, 2021 THE REVENUE THRESHOLD FOR THE COMPULSORY ACCEPTANCE OF MIR CARDS FOR PAYMENT HAS BEEN REDUCED
Trading enterprises (including performers, owners of aggregators of information on goods (services)) with an annual revenue of more than 30 million roubles will be obliged to accept the national payment instrument for payment from March 1, 2021. Moreover, from July 1, 2021 this threshold will decrease to 20 million roubles. Currently, this threshold is fixed as 40 million roubles.

 

01.03.2021
BENEFIT FOR ORPHANS FOR OUT-OF-COMPETITION ADMISSION TO BUDGET-FUNDED PLACES IN UNIVERSITIES WITHIN THE QUOTA HAS BECOME NOT LIMITED IN TIME

 Amendments have been made to the Law on Education, which permanently provide for the special right of orphans and children without parental care, as well as to certain categories of veterans, to enroll in undergraduate and specialty programs within the established quota at the expense of the corresponding budget of the budgetary system of the Russian Federation. Admission is possible subject to the successful entrance tests.

26.02.2021
COVID! TEST SYSTEM FOR BRITISH STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN REGISTERED

 The Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights announces registration of test system for detecting mutation of coronavirus N501Y (the so-called British strain).

 
25.02.2021
COVID-19 IN SIMPLE TERMS: 60 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THE RF MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH

 The RF Ministry of Public Health has released an information brochure with the frequently asked questions about the new coronavirus infection: what kind of disease it is, how to recognise it, how it is treated, how to pass a PCR test, whether patients need to comply with the self-isolation regime, etc. 

 
24.02.2021
COVID! CITIZENS OF GREECE AND SINGAPORE ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER RUSSIA. FLIGHTS TO UK SUSPENDED UNTIL MARCH 16, 2021
For citizens of two more countries - Greece and Singapore the government lifted the restrictions on entry to Russia introduced due to the pandemic. Citizens of these states, as well as persons entitled to permanent residence in these countries, can enter Russia.
The suspension of flights with the UK extended until March 16, 2021 inclusive.
 
23.02.2021
KEY RATE REMAINS AT 4.25% PER ANNUM

 The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia left key rate at 4.25% per annum. This rate was set in July 2020.

 
22.02.2021
THE HOTEL BUSINESS WILL BE SUPPORTED BY SOFT LOANS

 The RF government has established rules for issuing concessional loans for the construction of hotels.

Businessmen implementing investment projects in the hotel business will be able to receive financing at a rate of 3 to 5% per annum for construction or reconstruction of hotels with 120 rooms or more, as well as hotels in multifunctional complexes with an area of at least 10% of the area of the complex. 
Such soft loans will be issued for a period of up to 15 years inclusive.
 
19.02.2021
COVID! ALL CITIZENS OVER 60 YEARS AND ALL RESIDENTS OF CITIES WITH A POPULATION OVER ONE MILLION ARE DECLARED THE PRIORITY GROUP FOR VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19

 The RF Ministry of Healthcare has adjusted the population groups subject to the priority vaccination against COVID: 

- the first level priority includes persons aged 60 or over, as well as citizens of any age living in cities with a population of over one million; 
- employees of medical or educational organisations, social service organisations and multifunctional centers, as well as people living in social service institutions and persons with chronic diseases of the bronchopulmonary system, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and obesity, still remain among the persons of the first priority level.
 
18.02.2021
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS HAS PREPARED A SUMMARY TABLE ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

The conditions for the entry of Russians into European countries have been stipulated as of January 12, 2021. 

For each country, the border crossing regime and the sanitary measures taken, are indicated.
 
17.02.2021
IF THE WEBSITE OF A FOREIGN COMPANY IS AIMED AT RUSSIAN CONSUMERS, THEY CAN SUE IT IN RUSSIA EVEN IF THERE IS NO REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE HERE

 If a consumer has a claim against a foreign organisation whose website contains information targeted at Russian consumers - in particular, in Russian language, with prices in Russian roubles and an indication of the Russian clientele - then the claim should be accepted in a Russian court, even if the defendant has no representation in the Russian Federation.

 
16.02.2021
YOU CAN NOW GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS ONLINE ON THE PORTAL OF PUBLIC SERVICES
The Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation informed about the appearance on the portal of state services of a new service of the Federal Bailiff Service, which allows debtors and claimants to receive information on the progress of enforcement proceedings online.
To send a request, it is enough to specify the number of the enforcement proceedings.
15.02.2021
HEIRS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM RETURN OF TAXES OVERPAID BY A TESTATOR

 The Tax Code of the Russian Federation established that obligation to pay taxes and (or) fees terminates with the death of an individual that is taxpayer or with announcement of him as deceased in the procedure established by the civil procedural legislation of the Russian Federation.

12.02.2021
NO MORE SUDDEN MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2021 THERE ARE SPECIAL RULES OF ENTRY INTO FORCE

 Part 1 of Article 3 of the Federal Law on Mandatory Requirements in the Russian Federation shall enter into force on February 1, 2021.

This provision introduces the following rule: any new mandatory requirements related to entrepreneurial activity must enter into force either from March 1 or September 1 of the corresponding year, but not earlier than 90 days after the day of their official publication. Another period can be established only by federal law or international agreement.
11.02.2021
FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 16, 2021

 The suspension of flights with the UK extended until February 16, 2021 inclusive. 

Air traffic with Great Britain has been suspended since December 22, 2020 due to the detection of a new strain of coronavirus COVID-19 on its territory.
 
10.02.2021
THE NEW PROCEDURE FOR WORKFLOW IN HEALTHCARE

 From February 1, the procedure for maintaining medical records in the form of electronic documents comes into force. The procedure introduces a new rule: a medical organisation independently decides whether to switch from paper document flow to electronic. If employees of the medical organisation take a decision to keep medical records in electronic form, then all of the documents, by default, are kept precisely and only in electronic form, and paper is not used at all.

At the patient's request, a paper copy of the documents can be provided.
 
09.02.2021
COVID! FLIGHTS TO GREECE AND SINGAPORE TO BE RESUMED FROM FEBRUARY 8, 2021

 The RF Government informed of a decision taken to resume international flights with Greece (two flights per week) and Singapore (three flights per week) on a reciprocal basis from February 8, 2021

08.02.2021
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA OWNERS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED ON FEBRUARY 1, 2021

 A new article appeared in the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection, which establishes features of posting information in social networks. The mentioned article entrusts owners of social networks with a number of responsibilities to control the content of the social network. 

In concerns social networks with a daily traffic of over 500 thousand users located in Russia. 
Information subject to blocking includes: 
- materials with child pornography; 
- information on methods of committing suicide and calls to commit it; 
- information on methods of making and using drugs; 
- calls for riots, participation in mass (public) events held in violation of the established order; 
- certain other types of information. 
If such information is revealed, the owner of the social network must immediately take measures to restrict access to it. 
Users of blocked information may appeal against such decision.
 
05.02.2021
CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY OF NOTARIAL DOCUMENTS BY QR CODE

 From December 29, 2020, a QR code will appear on most paper notarial documents. 

The main details of the document are encrypted in the code: information about the applicants or their representatives, date of a document, a registration number and a type of a notarial act, surname, first name and patronymic of the notary, a notarial district. Anyone can check this data. 
Electronic documents do not require a QR code, as they are protected by the notary's encrypted and certified digital signature.
 
04.02.2021
NEW ALL-RUSSIAN ANTI-DOPING RULES HAVE APPEARED

 The Ministry of Sports approved the new All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules. These rules contain the duties and responsibilities of athletes and others, as well as sports organisations. It was defined the actions that are classified as a violation of the rules. Questions of testing for the presence of illegal drugs in the body are regulated.

 
03.02.2021
RUSSIA HAS IMPOSED LARGE FINES FOR PROVIDERS AND SITE OWNERS THAT HAVE NOT DELETED PROHIBITED INFORMATION

 It was decided to introduce large fines for violating the procedure for deleting and (or) restricting access to the prohibited information. This includes, inter alia, child pornography, incitement to extremism, information on the methods of creating, manufacture and use of drugs, as well as places of their acquisition. 

The details of offences are given.
02.02.2021
TAX REGULATION OF CONTROLLED FOREIGN COMPANIES HAS BEEN CHANGED

 The Federal Tax Service informs that the procedure for taxation of income obtained by controllable foreign companies has been changed as follows: 

- individuals are given the opportunity to pay tax on the fixed income of a controllable foreign company, starting from 2021. 
- the terms for submitting notifications of controllable foreign companies have been changed and the tax liability for failure to submit such notifications has been increased.
01.02.2021
FORMALISING ELECTRONIC OSAGO POLICIES BECOMES EASIER

 Operators of digital financial platforms (marketplaces) will have access to the automated information system for OSAGO. This will make possible including formalisation of auto insurance contracts into the list of services provided by marketplaces.

 
29.01.2021
COVID! RUSSIA INTRODUCED TOLL-FREE NUMBER 122 OF THE UNIFIED OPERATIONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE FOR COVID-19

 Mikhail Mishustin signed a decision on the obligation of telecom operators to provide a free call to a universal telephone number 122 for issues related to the spread of a new coronavirus infection. At the specified number, it will be possible to contact around the clock the unified operational assistance service for COVID-19.

 
28.01.2021
COVID! AIR SERVICE OPENS WITH VIETNAM, INDIA, FINLAND AND QATAR
From January 27, 2021, international flights by Vietnam, India, Finland and Qatar are resumed on a reciprocal basis.
The number of regular flights to Egypt on the Moscow - Cairo route also increases to five times a week.
 
27.01.2021
AN ORGANISATION THAT DEVELOPS AND MAINTAINS INTERNET SITES HAS THE RIGHT TO APPLY REDUCED RATES OF INSURANCE PREMIUMS

 The Ministry of Finance explained under what conditions an organisation engaged in the development and support of Internet sites has the right to apply reduced rates of insurance premiums.

 
26.01.2021
THE FEDERAL SECURITY SERVICE APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR MEANS OF TRUSTED THIRD PARTIES

 A new type of entities has emerged in Russia since 2021 that is a trusted third party. It is designed to provide confidence in the exchange of electronic documents with electronic signatures. Requirements for means of trusted third parties have been approved, including requirements for digital signature tools. Means of trusted third parties includes the following:

- confirmation of the validity of the digital signature; 
- verification of the compliance of approved certificates and the powers of participants in electronic interaction; 
- acknowledgement, creation and verification of a trusted time stamp; 
- documenting operations performed by means of trusted third parties; 
- providing information on completed operations.
25.01.2021
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE EXPLAINED UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS VAT EXEMPTION APPLIES WHEN TRANSFERRING RIGHTS TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMES

 Transfer of rights to computer programmes and databases shall be exempt from VAT if: 

- they are included in a unified register; 
- transferable rights are not related to advertising or trade on the Internet.
 
22.01.2021
COVID! FLIGHTS TO UK WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021

 The suspension of flights with the UK extended until February 1, 2021 inclusive. 

Air traffic with Great Britain has been suspended since December 22, 2020 due to the detection of a new strain of coronavirus COVID-19 on its territory.
 
21.01.2021
SOBERING-UP STATIONS WILL APPEAR IN THE COUNTRY AGAIN

It was decided to restore the sobering-up system in Russia. This refers to specialized medical facilities to provide assistance to persons in a state of alcoholic, narcotic or other intoxication. The rules for the operation of sobering-up stations, including the types of assistance provided in them, will be approved by a joint act of the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

20.01.2021
PHOTOS WITH COLOURED EYE-GLASSES ARE NOT ALLOWED FOR OBTAINING A PASSPORT

The RF Ministry of Internal Affairs has updated the regulations on issuance and replacement of citizens’ passports. A novelty is a prescribed ban on submitting photos with eye-glasses that change the natural colour of the eyes.

19.01.2021
MANDATORY TESTING FOR DRUG ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM WHEN OBTAINING AND REPLACING A DRIVER'S LICENCE IS POSTPONED UNTIL 2022

 The Ministry of Public Health again postponed the entry into force of the rules on mandatory testing for drug addiction and alcoholism when obtaining a driver's licence or replacement thereof until January 1, 2022 (but not from January 1, 2021, as previously planned).

 
18.01.2021
FROM JANUARY 1, 2021 THE FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN CONSIDERS PRE-TRIAL DISPUTES OF CONSUMERS WITH CREDIT INSTITUTIONS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL PENSION FUNDS

 Starting from that date, credit institutions, credit consumer cooperatives, pawnshops and non-governmental pension funds shall arrange interaction with the Financial Ombudsman. As a general rule, consumers, prior to filing a claim against such financial institutions for an amount not exceeding 500,000 roubles, shall now first apply to the Financial Ombudsman for a dispute resolution.

Consumers’ appeals shall be considered by the Financial Ombudsman on a free of charge in absentia. In case of disagreement with his decision, a consumer may submit the claim to the court. For financial institutions, Ombudsman’s decisions are binding and may be enforced (through the bailiff service).
 
15.01.2021
AMENDMENTS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED INTO THE CIVIL CODE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 Basically, the amendments relate to the legal regime of the results of intellectual activity created during the performance of a state or municipal contract.

It has been established that, as a general rule, the right to obtain a patent and the exclusive right to the result of intellectual activity created during the performance of a state or municipal contract belongs to the performer.
14.01.2021
ACCORDING TO LAW NO. 223-FZ, CUSTOMERS WILL BE PUNISHED FOR VIOLATION OF THE ESTABLISHED PAYMENT DEADLINE UNDER CONTRACTS CONCLUDED WITH SMES

 In accordance with a new part 9 of Article 7.32.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, fines shall be introduced for violation by the customer of the established deadline for payment for goods, works or services under an agreement concluded following purchases with small and medium enterprises. Officials of customers or legal entities will be punished with a fine.

 
13.01.2021
PREFERENTIAL CAR LOAN PROGRAMME EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF 2023

 The programme applies to the purchase of cars made in Russia.

Cars purchased in 2021 - 2023 must be produced no earlier than the year preceding the year of purchase of the car.
Among the innovations - the circle of borrowers has been expanded by citizens with one child.
 
12.01.2021
AMENDMENTS ON CERTIFICATION OF DEALS BY TWO OR MORE NOTARIES AND PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN NOTARIAL ACTIONS REMOTELY ENTERED INTO FORCE

 On December 29, 2020, amendments to the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Notaries came into force concerning the procedure for performing notarial acts in electronic. One of the main innovations: the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Notaries now provide for possibility of certifying a transaction with the involvement of two or more notaries for cases when two or more persons are involved in the transaction without their joint visit to a notary.

11.01.2021
HOW WILL EXAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES BE HELD IN 2021?

 The Ministry of Education and the Federal Service for Supervision over Education announced decisions taken due to the complicated epidemiological situation regarding the procedure for holding the Uniform State Examination and the state final certification of graduates of the 9th and 11th grades in 2021.

 

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