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Levine Bridge Law Firm

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18A Milyutinsky Pereulok

Moscow 101990
Russia

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The law firm of Levine Bridge is pleased to assist clients in a variety of issues ranging from corporate, immigration, labor and tax law; issues arising out of operational activities for companies throughout all of Russia.



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Articles Published by Levine Bridge Law Firm

 The Collection of Biometric Personal Data of Foreigners Entering Russia

Russian president signed a decree on November 24, 2014 "On the collection of biometric personal data of foreign citizens and stateless persons." According to the decree on December 10, 2014 will be introduced the collection of biometric personal data of foreign citizens and stateless persons when making visa to enter Russia or transit visa to travel through the territory of the Russian Federation.

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 New Order of Sharing Personal Income Tax of Foreign Employees in Russia

The procedure for the payment of personal income tax on income for foreign employees has been clarified. Russian president signed a federal law on November 24, 2014 № 374-FZ "On Amendments to Article 50 and 56 of the Budget Code of the Russian Federation".

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 Russia Establishes Quotas for Temporary Residence Permits

The Russian government has determined quotas for foreign citizens and stateless persons for temporary residence permits in the Russian Federation in 2015.

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 Mandatory Biometric Registration in Russia?

The State Duma was sent a draft law on mandatory biometric registration of citizens of Russia. According to the authors of the draft law, mandatory biometric registration will allow getting away from the practice of presenting identity documents and will allow solving problems in the law and in the social sphere in time.

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 Foreign Employees Who Violate the Law Will be Forbidden Entry to Russia for 10 years.

The State Duma had supported in the first reading amendments to the law on the limitation of entry into Russia for a period of up to 10 years for those who violate the provisions of their temporary stay in the country.

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 A Transitional Period of Labor Law in the Republic of Crimea

Federal Law dated 14.10.2014 N 299-FZ "On features for the application of certain provisions of federal laws and other normative legal acts of the Russian Federation, containing norms of labor law, in connection with the acceptance into the Russian Federation of the Republic of Crimea and the formation within the Russian Federation of new subjects – the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol "

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 The Russian President Signed a Law Limiting Foreign Participation in the Media

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law limiting the participation of foreigners in the Russian media.

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 Employers in Russia Will Compensate Employee Relocation Costs to Other Regions

The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill that provides compensation for the costs of relocating employees to other regions.

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 Armenian Citizens Can Work Without Permits in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan

In October 2014, Armenia signed the Treaty of Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, which already includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

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 Citizens of Kyrgyzstan Will Be Able to Work in Russia Without a Work Permit

The Deputy Minister of Labor, Migration and youth of Kyrgyzstan proposed a simplified procedure in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for citizens of Kyrgyzstan.

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 Foreigners Will Be Able to Receive a Pension in Russia

According to a bill signed by the President of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens of countries in the Eurasian Economic Union will be able to receive a pension in Russia.

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 Length of Stay of Foreign Citizens in the Territory of Russia Will Be Reduced

Length of stay of foreign citizens in the territory of Russia will be reduced.

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 Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Regarding "On Migration Control"

Public Chamber of the Russian Federation held a hearing to discuss issues on improving legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of migration control. Part of the hearing dealt with the basic provisions of the second version of the bill "On Immigration Control of the Russian Federation".

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 Citizens of CIS Countries May Enter the Russian Federation with Foreign Passports

From 1 January 2015, citizens of CIS countries will enter the Russian Federation with foreign passports.

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 Russia and Mongolia Abolished Visas Requirements

The Presidents of the Russian Federation and Mongolia signed an agreement on conditions of mutual travel of citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of Mongolia.

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 As of January 1, 2015, Foreign Citizens Will Not Be Required to Obtain Work Permits in Russia

On November 24, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Federal Law eliminating the need for foreign citizens obtaining a work permit in the Russian Federation who arrived via a visa-free regime. From January 1 2015 for the implementation of the work in Russia CIS citizens have to be issued a patent. The patent will allow the specified foreign citizens to work as for legal entities and for physical persons.

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 Patent Will Be 4,000 Rubles Per Month for Foreign Nationals in Russia

Currently, the Moscow City Duma is considering a bill to increase the value of the patent (the size of the tax on personal income, charged monthly) to 4,000 rubles.

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 Results of Preventive Operations in Russia "Migrant-2014"

Preventive operation "Migrant-2014» was held with the support of the Federal Migration Service of Russia and the Government of Moscow from October 22 to November 4, 2014 and was the largest action in combatting illegal migration in Moscow in recent years.

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 Simplified Procedure for Obtaining Russian Citizenship for Citizens of Ukraine

Ukrainians will be able to apply for Russian citizenship under the state program for the voluntary resettlement of compatriots in a simplified manner.

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 Foreigners May Be Forbidden to Participate in the Procurement of Advertising Services in Russia

These measures are designed to support those who are participants in the Russian advertising market. The relevant bill was submitted to the Duma.

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 Foreign Companies May Lose Access to Government Guarantees and Budgetary Investment in Russia

Foreign companies may lose access to government guarantees and to investment budget. The relevant bill is being prepared by Russia's Finance Ministry.

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 Foreign Employees will Gain the Right of Sick Pay in Russia

Next year, foreign citizens in Russia will be more protected from the medical point of view. The Ministry of Labor has prepared a project under which employers next year will be to deduct contributions to the social security fund for foreign workers in the amount of 1.8% of the salary fund.

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 Liability for Organizing the Illegal Employment of Foreigners May Be Tightened in Russia

For repeated violations, organizations in Russia illegally employing foreign nationals or stateless persons will be held criminally liable; and the relevant bill had been submitted to the Duma.

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 New Rules for the Registration of Russian Citizens

As of August 27th, apartment owners are required to notify the relevant departments of the FMS not only about foreigners living in the apartment, but also about citizens of the Russian Federation living in the apartment, in the event their period of stay in the apartment exceeds 90 day.

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 Notice Period of Employment of Foreign Workers Will Be Reduced in Russia

Employers may be required to notify the tax authorities of the employment situation of foreign workers in the three-day period, the relevant bill was submitted to the Duma.

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 Testing Foreign Citizens in the Russian Language, History and Basic Understanding of Russian Law

Testing of foreign citizens in the Russian language, history and basic understanding of Russian law. In the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation the issue of control over the organization where foreign citizens are tested for knowledge of Russian language was discussed. This issue is particularly relevant in relation to foreign citizens who hold certification, but are not able to speak in Russian.

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 Simplified Admission to Citizenship of the Russian Federation by Foreign Entrepreneurs and Investors

Russian Ministry of Economic Development has identified economic activities, the implementation of which the individual entrepreneurs and foreign investors are entitled to receive a simple Russian citizenship.

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 The State Duma Extends the Notification of Dual Citizenship Deadline

We remind you that until October 4, Russian citizens were obliged to report that they have foreign citizenship or residency in another country.

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 Russian Migration Legislation Changes - June 2014 - Part 2

Russian Migration Legislation Changes in June 2014.

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 Russian Migration Legislation Changes - June 2014 - Part 1

Russian Migration Legislation Changes in June 2014.

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 Russian Migration Legislation Changes - May 2014

Changes in Russian Legislation in May 2014.

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 Russian Migration Legislation Changes - April 2014

Changes in Russian Legislation in April 2014.

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 Russian Migration Legislation Changes

Changes in the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship. A draft law simplifying the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship for those who are Russian native speakers and whose relatives in a direct ascending line lived on the territory of Russia was announced at the end of March.

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 Trends in the Development of Russian Labor Law in 2012

• Adjustments made in labor legislation at the end of 2011 • Which legislative initiatives are to be implemented in 2012? - At the end of 2011 we witnessed the introduction of several new legislative amendments: several of these amendments to federal law were in the area of labor relations and social insurance.

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 Common Characteristics of the System of Taxation in the Russian Federation

The basic laws governing taxation are covered by the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (TC RF). The Tax Code consists of two parts. The first part of the Tax Code came into effect on January 1, 1999. It contains the basic rules that are applicable to tax legislation in Russia, including the concepts used in the tax law, the principles of taxation, the system of taxation, the status of taxpayers and government bodies involved in taxation...

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 Russia - Guide on the registration of a Limited Liability Company

One of the most common legal forms of legal entities in Russia is a limited liability company. This is due to the fact that the procedure for registration of a limited liability company is rather simple, it requires no introduction in the share capital of significant financial resources and has the maximum a list with permitted by law activities.

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 Russia - Economic Partnership: A New Legal Form of Business Organization

1. Introduction - On the 1st of July, 2012 there will be a new legal form of business organization in the Russian Federation referred to as an “economic partnership”. The status of economic partnership will be regulated by a specific federal law 03.12.2011 N 380-FZ “On Economic Partnerships”.

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 Russia - A Guide on Certification of Work Conditions in the Workplace

Certification of employment conditions in the workplace is regulated by the Procedures to carry out certification of employment conditions in the workplace approved by Order of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation from 26.04.2011 № 342n.

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 Foreign Citizens and Living Accommodations in Russia

According to Russian Civil and Housing Legislation, renting in Russia is made by agreement; the first party (landlord) agrees to provide to the second party (lessee) housing for rent. Under article 2 of the civil code (CC RF) and article 4 of the housing code of Russia (HC RF) foreign citizens are obligated to follow established rules governing civil and housing legislation, except as otherwise provided by federal law.

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 Foreign Citizens in Russia and Protection of Labor Rights

Recently there have been more frequent violations of labor rights committed by employers of not only Russian workers, but of foreign citizens working in Russia as well. In this article we want to address the issue and the manner by which Russian legislation provides foreign citizens with some measure of protection from an employer violating his or her labor rights.

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 Russia - Features for Hiring Foreign Staff as Heads of Representative Offices

Some employers who invite foreign employees to work as the heads of representative offices of foreign legal entities, as well as for other positions, mistakenly believe that they are not required to obtain work permits.

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 Rules Regulating Foreign Currency in Russia

If you are planning on visiting any country, it is always helpful to be familiar with the rules governing the import and export of currency and other securities. In Russia these issues are regulated by Federal Law from 10.12.2003 No.173-FZ “On Currency Regulation and Currency Control” and Customs Legislation.

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 Limitations on the Period of Stay for Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation

The period of stay for foreign citizens in Russia is, as a general rule, limited. Citizens of countries from within the CIS and who are visiting Russia via a visa-free regime are permitted to remain in Russia for personal reasons for a period of up to 90 days, but are required to exit the country before the expiration of this 90-day period. The number of times they are permitted entry into Russia over the course of a year is not limited.

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 Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation and Mandatory Social Insurance

On Jan. 1, 2010, a single social tax was replaced with insurance premiums paid into the Pension Fund of Russia, the Social Insurance Fund of Russia and Funds for Mandatory Medical Insurance. At its very core, the new premiums do not differ much from the previous system of taxation and represents a tax on wages that the employer pays so the state can provide for the material interests of employees upon retirement, disability, pregnancy, parenthood, as well as the need for medical care.

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 A Guide on the Order of Obtaining Russian Invitations and Visas for Foreign Citizens to Enter Russia

1. Categories of foreign citizens permitted to visit Russia without a visa. - In accordance with migration legislation of the Russian Federation, entry into the territory of Russia by a foreign citizen requires a valid visa. However this rule does not apply to all foreign citizens. Foreigners who are permitted to enter the country without a visa can be divided into the following categories:

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 Who is Permitted to Visit Russia without a Visa?

Foreigners are known to cross the Russian border with a valid visa. However, this rule is not applied to all foreign citizens. There are instances where a foreigner may enter Russia without a visa. Citizens of countries within the CIS have the right to enter and remain on the territory of the Russian Federation for personal reasons for a period of up to 90 days.

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 A Guide for the Registration of Foreign Citizens in Russia

Over the past several months the procedures for the registration of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation by place of residence have seen significant changes.

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 Employment Contracts with Foreign Citizens in Russia: Fixed-term Vs. Non-fixed

The issue of duration of employment contracts entered into with foreign citizens in relation to Russian labor law often arises in the course of recruiting foreigner employees in Russia.

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 A Review of Changes to Immigration Legislation in the Russian Federation from January to October 2010

The author has prepared a further review of changes in immigration legislation which have been introduced in the period from January 2010 to October 2010.

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 Legal Regulation of Incentive Payments to Employees in the Russian Federation

Competent legal registration of incentive payments at a local level and within the limits of the labor contract with a concrete employee does by their effective and reliable means of stimulation of workers to behavior of which is expected from them by the employer.

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 Change of Labor Contract under an Initiative of the Employer: Payment and Working Hours - Russia

In summary it is necessary to note, that experts carry change of the labor contract under the initiative of the employer to questions of the labor right of the raised complexity. In this connection we recommend employers to pay special attention to legal maintenance of the given actions.

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