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- Russia Significantly Increases Fines for Violations of Data Localization Requirement
Under Russian Data Protection Law, when collecting personal data, data operators (controllers) must ensure that recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, updating and extraction of personal data relating to Russian citizens are performed utilizing databases located in Russia (data localization requirement).
- Russian consumer protection regulation: electronic equipment sold in Russia will need to have pre-installed Russian software
On 2 December 2019, the Russian President signed the bill that requires electronic equipment sold in Russia to have pre-installed Russian software. This requirement will come into force on 1 July 2020.
- Russia Makes Domestic Software Mandatory for Certain Electronic Devices
Starting July 1, 2020, it will be mandatory for Russian software to be preinstalled on certain consumer electronic devices offered for sale in Russia.
- Shipping through the Arctic still uncertain endeavor
Report on Supply Chain Compliance 2, no. 22 (November 21, 2019) - Despite Russian support for the Arctic Passage as an alternative route for shipping, few countries have signed on yet. Sovcomflot did order its first vessel for an Arctic liquefied natural gas project, but efforts by the Ocean Conservancy to protect the Arctic Passage from potentially damaging ship traffic and development by appealing to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is also gaining steam.
- RuNet Law Comes Into Force: What Is Next
As Russia’s internet law imposes new obligations on technology and infrastructure companies, the Russian government considers subordinate legislation. On November 1, 2019, the majority of provisions of Russia’s internet law (RuNet Law) entered into force. Its principal purpose is to ensure the independent operation, safety, and security of the Russian segment of the internet.
- Russia Update: State Duma Adopts Bill Increasing Fines for Violation of Data Protection Laws
On 21 November 2019 a bill imposing multi-million Ruble (RUB) fines for infringing Russian data localization and information security laws passed the last hearing at the State Duma. This likely means that the bill will become the law soon, once it passes the higher chamber of Russia’s Parliament and is singed by the Russian President. The process may take about two weeks.
- New bill setting administrative fines in the millions of rubles for violating the rule to localize personal data
The State Duma of Russia recently passed a new bill setting administrative fines in the millions of rubles for violating the rule to localize personal data, and for violating certain provisions of information legislation. Passed in the third reading, it is Bill No. 729516-7 “On amendments of certain federal acts of the Russian Federation” (the “Bill”). Please see full Memo below for more information.
- Changes in Real Estate legislation - Quarter 3 of 2019
Amendments to the federal laws - Amendments to the town planning and land laws - Federal Law No. 283-FZ On Amendments to the Russian Federation Town-Planning Code and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation of August 2, 2019 - The town-planning laws are being amended once again. Most of the amendments have to do with integrated and sustainable development. Please see full Newsletter below for more information.
- Law on the secured Internet. A gentle reminder
On November 1, 2019, the Federal Law commonly referred to as the “Law on the secured Internet” will come into force (except for certain parts). The stated purpose of the Law is to create infrastructure to guarantee stable operation of the Russian Internet, i.e., RUnet, in case it is “disconnected” from the global Internet. In order to implement the new rules, a number of subordinate regulations will need to be adopted in the nearest future. Please see full Article below for more information.
- The changes everyone was waiting for. What's the catch? - We would like to alert you to some important changes in the rules for issuing permits to reside temporarily or permanently in the Russian Federation.
As we know, a temporary residence permit (razreshenie na vremennoye prozhivanie) confirms a foreign national’s right to temporarily reside in the Russian Federation. It is usually issued for a three-year period. A permanent residence permit (vid na zhitel’stvo) is a document entitling a foreign national to reside permanently in the Russian Federation, generally for a five-year period with a possibly unlimited number of five-year extensions. A permanent residence permit gives the foreign national many more privileges than a temporary one. These include visa-free entry to Russia and the ability to work anywhere in the country.
- Just Say “Nyet (No)”: Corruption Compliance in Russia
For many businesses, now is the time to expand into Russia. In 2011, the Russian economy grew by 4.3%. The IMF projects the $1.8 billion economy will continue to grow by 3.3% in 2012 and 3.5% in 2013, over twice the pace of growth compared with so called, “advanced economies.” The Kremlin is doing ...
- Trade Alert: Russia’s WTO Membership and the Gains for Russian Exporters
Russia's recent accession to the WTO has the potential to bring numerous benefits to Russian exporters. Membership will result in improved access for Russian exports in foreign markets — including the EU, the United States and China — where Russian exporters will be entitled to the same non-discrimi...
- CIS Legal Update - May 2013: New Orders Adopted to Facilitate the Activity of the Central Depository
A number of orders were adopted in the second part of 2012 by the Federal Service for Financial Markets (the “FSFM”) in order to facilitate the activity of the central depository of the Russian Federation (the “Central Depository”) and address practical issues relating to its operations. These...
- Russian Legislation Update - May through June 2013
In This Issue: - Procurement - Electric Power/Renewable Energy Sources - First Reading: Public Sector Companies - Excerpt from Procurement: On 7 June 2013 the President signed Federal Law No. 115-FZ amending...
- Russian Legislation Update - July 29 through September 1 2013
In This Issue: - Securities - Banking - Currency Control - Intellectual Property - Concessions - State Secrets - Privatization - Advertising - Court Practice: Company’s address of...
- New Russian IP Court Marks A Step Toward Strengthening Protection Of Trade Secrets And Other IP Rights In Russia
Russia’s new Intellectual Property Court is now open for business, with 16 judges hearing trade secret, patent, trademark and other IP disputes. The IP Court was officially established in 2011, and it started operation in Moscow on July 3, 2013....
- The subsequent FAS notification requirement under the Competition Law has been abolished.
On 28 December 2013 the President signed Federal Law No. 423-FZ, amending Federal Law No. 135-FZ “On the Protection of Competition” dated 26 July 2006 (the “Competition Law”). The amendment will enter into force on 30 January 2014. The amendment abolished Article 30 of the...
- Draft Law on Territories of Priority Socio-Economic Development
In April this year, the Government of the Russian Federation (Russian Government) released a legislative bill “on the territories of priority socio-economic development and other measures of state support of regions of the Far East” (Draft Law). As of May 21, 2014, the Draft Law has not yet been...
- Did Russian Hackers Really Amass Over a Billion Passwords?
It was widely reported yesterday in The New York Times and elsewhere that a sophisticated Russian crime ring was holding a massive cache of stolen Internet credentials. According to the private security firm Hold Security, a Russian cybercriminal gang called CyberVor has accumulated 4.5 billion...
- Recent Amendments to the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Russia
Federal Law No. 242-FZ "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation for Clarification of the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Information and Telecommunication Networks" (the "Federal Law No. 242") was adopted on 21 July 2014....