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NEWS

SANCTIONS

For an update on sanctions imposed by the Russian government on EU, USA, Canada, Australia and Norway, we refer to this link http://www.rvo.nl/onderwerpen/tools/wet-en-regelgeving/buitenlandse-wetgeving/internationale-sancties/invoerrestricties-van-rusland. Information on sanctions both ways can also be found here: http://www.bakermckenzie.com/sanctionsnews/.

OTHER CHANGES

•     From January 1, 2015 foreigners are required to pass an exam (Russian language, history and legislation) in order to be granted a work permit. HQS (Highly Qualified Specialists) are exempted.

•     Representative Offices are now allowed to apply for HQS work permits.
 
•     From January 1, 2015, Representative Offices and Branch Offices must be registered with a new body under the tax service of the Russian Federation. All existing RO's and BO's must re-register there. The State Registration Chamber and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the RF will no longer have this authority.
 
•     From January 1, 2016, outstaffing will be prohibited. There is a limited number of exceptions for special HR companies that have the appropriate accreditation.