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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.
 

The Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced that the tax free system can be extended to cover all Russian regions by the end of 2019.

Pepeliaev Group advises that on 17 June 2019 amendments took effect. They include changing the text and supplementing articles 8.2 and 8.4 with new provisions as well as introducing new heads of administrative offences (8.51 and 8.411) in the area of handling production and consumption waste. 
Pepeliaev Group advises that the new Rules of mandatory medical insurance approved by Order No. 108n of the Russian Ministry of Health dated 28 February 2018 have come into force. 
 

The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has suggested the concept of adigital special economic zone for the IT sector featuring many benefits, including tax benefits.

Pepeliaev Group advises that the State Duma has adopted a set of laws extending until 29 February 2020 the period of the voluntary reporting of individual types of activity and accounts in foreign banks.
Pepeliaev Group advises that the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“MLI”) has been ratified.
Law firm Pepeliaev Group advises that on 1 May 2019, the Russian Government’s Resolution No. 480 dated 22 April 2019 comes into effect. Resolution No. 480 establishes criteria which, when met, allow a developer to raise funds from the participants in shared-equity construction without escrow accounts being used.
 

An agreement on the labelling of products in the Eurasian Economic Union (the “EAEU”) has come into force. This agreement was signed a year ago by the heads of governments of the member states. The document grants the right to each member state of the EAEU to propose the implementation of the labelling of products in all five countries.

The Russian Government has put before the State Duma draft laws prolonging the period when persons can voluntarily report certain types of assets, as well as accounts in foreign banks (the so-called “offshore amnesty”) until 29 February 2020. Yet, the application of the new (third) stage of voluntary reporting will be subject to rather stringent conditions.
On 1 October 2019 the amendments to the Russian Housing Code will come into force. These amendments have been made pursuant to Federal Law No. 59-FZ dated 15 April 2019 , which prohibits the use of residential premises in an apartment building for the provision of hotel services.

Pepeliaev Group advises that on 15 April 2019 the Rules for developing technological standards relating to emissions/discharges of pollutants take effect. They are approved by the Russian Government's Resolution No. 89 dated 14 February 2019.

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