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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 Russian Ministry of Finance is proposing to change the use of tax benefits in cross-border transactions in the draft of ‘Principle lines of budget, tax, and customs and tariffs policy for 2020 - 2022’.
Rospotrebnadzor’s proposal to introduce mandatory labelling of supplements, sport nutrition and water.
Pepeliaev Group advises that the new rules for regulating special investment contracts (SPIC 2.0) have come into force. Changes aimed at improving the taxation regime with regard to taxpayers who are SPIC participants have also been made to the Russian Tax Code. 

Letter No. ED-4-13/15696@ “On holding companies’ beneficial ownership of income from sources in the Russian Federation” dated 8 August 2019 was published on the official website of the Russian Federal Tax Service on 13 August 2019. This letter evidences quite a serious change of the Service’s approach to the problem, which for many years has been the subject matter of tax disputes and professional discussions. 

 

The Russian Ministry of Finance is planning to include grapes used for the production of wine in the list of excisable products in 2020. 

Pepeliaev Group advises that laws have been passed which increase the period for employees to notify employers about receiving salary through another bank and which specify administrative liability for impeding employees’ rights when the latter choose a credit institution for their salary to be transferred to.

Pepeliaev Group advises that a federal law “On attracting investments using investment platforms and amending certain items of Russian legislation” has been adopted.
Pepeliaev Group law firm advises that a number of amendments to Federal Law No. 214-FZ dated 30 December 2004 (“Law No. 214-FZ”) have come into effect regarding participation in the shared-equity construction of apartment buildings and other real estate, as have amendments to other regulatory acts.
 

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. 
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