Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Russia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Russian Federation: Sovereign internet law comes into force

A law allowing Russia to operate its own free-standing Internet – the “Runet” – is now in force …

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Russian Federation: The size of a ‘golden parachute’ cannot be arbitrary or violate the legal interests of a company

When the contract of a senior executive is terminated it is often very difficult to determine the necessary size of their “golden parachute” …

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Russian Federation: New fire safety rules ban Russians from smoking & barbecuing… on their balconies

With effect from October 1st 2019, any “open fire”, including smoking a cigarette or even lighting matches, on balconies of residential houses or hotels is banned …

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Russian Federation: Average monthly accrued wage of employees – July 2019

The average monthly accrued per capita wage of employees in the whole economy of the Russian Federation in July 2019 was 46,509 roubles (US$717) …

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Russian Federation: Restrictions on meeting foreigners

An order has been issued by the Education Ministry that any Russian “government affiliated” scientists (which will include University lecturers and researchers) may only meet foreigners if they have been authorized to do so and are accompanied by a colleague or government official …

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Russian Federation: Foreign worker statistics

Although the great majority of labour migrants to the Russia come from former soviet states, such as Uzbekistan, there are also some surprising entrants seeking to become resident …

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Russian Federation: Simplified E-Visas to Visitors of St. Petersburg

Back in June, we reported that a new e-visa system will be introduced in 2021 …

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Russian Federation: Wage arears

Wage arears have long been a problem for many Russian employees …

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Russian Federation: The careers women are banned from doing in Russia

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has approved a new list of occupations and types of environments where women’s labour is prohibited …

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Russian Federation: Government passes law to employ prisoners near businesses, drawing gulag comparisons

Around 6% of Russia’s 550,000 prisoners currently serve their time in special correctional facilities that allow them to undertake “gainful employment” …

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Russian Federation: German FM says EU may soon consider visa-free policy for Russians

The German government is seeking to persuade the European Union and EU partners to consider giving visa-free access to the Schengen zone for Russian nationals, especially for those aged 18-24 …

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Russian Federation: Russia adopts law on enforcement of foreign judgements

The Russian judicial system now recognises court decisions from other states in civil or commercial matters …

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Russian Federation: New e-visa system

A new e-visa system will be introduced on January 1st 2021 …

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Russian Federation: Russian trans woman wins employment case

Discrimination against transgender employees has been acknowledged for the first time by the Russian Courts …

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Russian Federation: New rights for Russian employees

The Labour Code has been amended to allow employees to undergo a ‘preventive medical examination’, for which additional paid time off must be given …

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