Recent news

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

Russia/Cuba: Agreement to ease visa regime announced

With effect from the 21st of December 2018, citizens of Cuba and Russia will increase their visa-free entitlements from 30 days per visit to 90 days in any 180-day period …

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Russian Federation: Putin signs pension law to raise retirement age in Russia

The Russian President has signed into law a measure that will increase the state retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and 55 to 60 for women …

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Russian Federation: Putin appeals to Russians to accept ‘painful’ pension changes

The State Duma (Parliament) has adopted at third reading a Bill that will make it an offence for an employer to unjustifiably deny an individual employment if they are nearing retirement age, or for dismissing them ahead of their normal retirement age …

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Russian Federation: U.S. issued new sanctions on Russia

The new round of US-led sanctions go into effect this month …

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Russian Federation: Employers are no longer able to register their employees for migration purposes – using the company address

Employers are no longer able to register their employees for migration purposes – using the company address …

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Russian Federation: Paris closes Business France office in Russia

The Moscow office of the organisation “Business France” has been shut down by the French government …

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Russian Federation: Government plans to raise the retirement age

The government will progressively raise the retirement age – starting from next year – to reduce state pension liabilities …

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Russian Federation: New destinations for Philippine workers

Following the conclusion of recent deal with China to allow in over 300,000 Filipino workers, the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Philippines Alan Peter Cayetano has now visited Moscow for discussions with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov …

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Russian Federation: Take special note of the social and political situation in the annexed territory of Crimea

Employers with operations in the annexed territory of Crimea should take special note of the social and political situation of its biggest minority group – the Tartars …

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Russian Federation: Authorities want to jail people for observing sanctions

Those companies walking the tightrope between US sanctions and the lure of the world’s physically largest country now face an even slippery path ahead …

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Russian Federation: Retirement age

The normal state retirement age is 55 for women and 60 for men …

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Russian Federation: Minimum wage to be raised by 43%

A parliamentary Bill set to increase the minimum wage by 43% to 11,163 Rubles (US$198) has passed its third and final reading in the State Duma …

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Russian Federation: National minimum wage

A new law enacted just before Christmas sets the national minimum wage officially at the subsistence level, with effect from January 1st 2019 …

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Russian Federation: Take special care not to recruit ‘extremists’

Employers will now have to take special care not to recruit ‘extremists’ …

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Russian Federation: Relations with countries in the west

Relations with countries in the west have further deteriorated following the publication of an independent report confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Russian-backed Assad regime …

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