Recent news

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

Russian Federation: Distant consequences

A trade embargo against Russia already in place since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 has now been further reinforced  by a new set of sanctions agreed by the US President …

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Russia: Impact of automation on jobs

The Russian government is one of the few around the world to be openly addressing the impact of automation on jobs …

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Russian Federation: Data protection

It is curious that Russia, one of the states most ready to invade personal privacy, also regulates the transfer of privacy to other countries providing a “sufficient level” of protection for personnel data …

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Russian Federation: The ban of using VPNs

The lower house of the Duma (parliament) has approved a law being steered through the legislature by President Putin to ban the use of VPNs and any form of encryption in email communications …

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Russian federation: European court rules Russian propaganda law is discriminatory

The European Court of Human Rights has found that the Russian government had violated Articles 10 and 14 of the European Convention when it introduced and enforced a law against the promotion of homosexuality …

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Russian Federation: Decree cancelling trade restrictions with Turkey

Restrictions on the operations of Turkish companies in Russia and the ban on the employment of Turkish nationals in the country have now been lifted …

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Russian Federation: Extensive criminal and civil penalties

Extensive criminal and civil penalties exist in Russia for individuals who seek to bribe officials or adopt any other corrupt practices …

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Russian Federation: Contractual aspects governed by the Civil Code

The Russian Supreme Court has clarified several important contractual aspects governed by the Civil Code …

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Russian Federation: Ban religious group

Refusal to employ someone from the Christian Jehovah’s Witness sect will not be a discriminatory act in Russia but may, in fact, be now a duty …

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RUSSIA: First quarter salary reports due in April

Companies employing highly qualified foreign specialists in Russia must submit first quarter remuneration reports to the Ministry of Internal Affairs by April 28th or they could face hefty administrative fines …

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Russian Federation: Data protection penalties increased

From July 1st 2017 fines for violation of data protection law will be substantially increased in Russia …

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Russian Federation: Closing the doors to foreign workers

The Russian Cabinet has reduced the number of work permits in the annual quota for 2017 by 17 …

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Russia: Future minimum wage

The Russian Duma (lower house of Parliament) has voted to increase the Federal minimum monthly wage next July by 4% to 7,800 rubles ($US 125) …

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Russia/UAE: Cash and late payments

Late payment of wages is the focus of labour law amendments in both Russia and the UAE this month …

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Russian Federation: Silencing faith

Several amendments to Russia’s Religion Law and Administrative Code have come into force that restrict the sharing of religious beliefs on behalf of an association in public …

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