Recent news

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

Russian Federation: Putin raises minimum wage

The national gross monthly minimum pay level in Russia is now 12,130 rubles (US$196) …

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Russian Federation: Putin signs law to label people foreign agents

Companies operating in Russia must take note of a much-strengthened foreign agents law that has just come into force …

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Russian Federation: Work records in electronic form

A Bill going through the State Duma (Parliament) will order the replacement of current paper “work books” by the holding of work records in electronic form on a new state online “pension fund” system …

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Russian Federation: New public holiday

The State Duma (Parliament) has agreed in principle that December 31st should be a state holiday, although held equally that the total number of days off each year should remain unchanged …

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Russian Federation: Companies are recommended to submit report on measles immunization status

 Employers with staff in Russia are reminded that, according to a government resolution, all foreign workers must be immunized for measles by December 31st 2019 and that all new hires must be immunized thereafter …

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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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