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Law firm Pepeliaev Group advises that on 9 January 2017 the Russian Ministry of Justice registered Order No. 646n of the Russian Ministry of Healthcare “On approving the Good Practice for the Storage and Transportation of Medicines Intended for Human Use” dated 31 August 2016 (“GPST”).
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Law firm Pepeliaev Group advises that, on 9 January 2017, the Russian Ministry of Justice registered Order No. 647n of the Russian Ministry of Healthcare “On approving Good Pharmacy Practice for medicines intended for human use” dated 31 August 2016 (“GPP”).
Law firm Pepeliaev Group advises that on 1 January 2017 important amendments and additions took effect that have been made to Federal Law No. 294-FZ ‘On the protection of the rights of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs when state control (supervision) and municipal control are exercised’1. Such amendments and additions establish fundamentally different approaches to the way state control (supervisory) measures are organised and conducted.

Law firm Pepeliaev Group advises that, in connection with the emergence of the right to free-of-charge access to official information regarding the release of goods, good faith acquirers are increasingly at risk of being held liable for violations of customs legislation committed by other persons when goods are exported. 

 
The main trends in the tax policy for 2016-2018 have been approved. The crucial point for business is that taxes are frozen for the next three years.


 

The Russian President has signed amendments to the Russian Tax Code (Federal Law No. 382-FZ dated 29 November 2014), according to which Moscow, St Petersburg and Sevastopol may introduce a sales tax from 1 July 2015. The rate of the sales tax will be set by the cities themselves depending on the sales outlet or its area. Taxpayers will be able to deduct the sales tax from the profit tax they pay.

 
Pepeliaev Group advises that on 25 February 2014, the Russian Constitutional Court adopted Resolution No. 4-P in which it recognised as universal the position that an administrative penalty may be imposed lower than previously stipulated set out in Resolution No. 1-P dated 17 January 2013. However, the Court has imposed some limitations on it being applied.

Pepeliaev Group advises that the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (“Roszdravnadzor”) has issued information letter No. 02I-297/20 “On software” dated 13 February 2020, and that information letter No. 01I-2358/15 “On registering software” dated 31 December 2015, which was previously in effect, has been revoked. 

Pepeliaev Group advises that on 24 December 2019 the draft Federal Law “On amending the Federal Law 'On production and consumption waste'” with respect to requirements concerning the disposal of goods and packaging and the payment of the environmental fee, was submitted to the Russian State Duma.

Pepeliaev Group draws your attention to the changes in the case law involving certain issues of corporate legislation. 

 

Starting from 1 January 2020, it has become possible to adjust tax obligations for transactions with foreign persons further to a mutual agreement procedure. 

Law firm Pepeliaev Group advises that, the Plenum of the Russian Supreme Court (the “Plenum”) has adopted Resolution No. 48 dated 26 November 2019 clarifying certain issues concerning criminal liability imposed under articles 198, 199, 199.1 and 199.2 of the Russian Criminal Code (the “Criminal Code”).

 

Russia has joined the new OECD procedure that allows potential disputes with multinational corporations to be settled at the pre-trial stage (International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP) 2.0).

Pepeliaev Group advises that on 10 December 2019 the Russian Supreme Court adopted its Plenum’s Resolution No. 53 “On Russian courts performing assistance and control functions with respect to arbitral proceedings and international commercial arbitration”.

Pepeliaev Group advises that on 21 November 2019 the Russian State Duma has adopted in the third reading a law establishing enormous fines for violating requirements for localising personal data in Russia.
 

The Russian Finance Ministry and the Federal Tax Service consider as insufficiently effective their cooperation with experts from the World Bank with respect to the tax section of the Doing Business (DB) ranking. 

19.02.2020
Pepeliaev Group retains its prominent placings in Chambers Global 2020
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14.02.2020
The National Research University Higher School of Economics has held the annual forum “Legal challenges of the healthcare industry in 2020”, organised jointly with Pepeliaev Group
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03.02.2020
Pepeliaev Group’s experts share recent news on intra-group services
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