Questions on Sanctions Russia and KYC Checks

Do you have questions regarding applicability of sanctions? Would you like to verify that your customers are not listed on any of the worldwide sanctions lists? We can offer support and perform checks based on sanction lists, including EU, UK and US (OFAC) and other lists.

Or would you like to know how the latest Russian sanctions may affect your business?

Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist.

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Update of (Counter)Measures

With events unfolding quickly and measures and countermeasures following swiftly, we refer to a comprehensive overview of relevant current news for the business community in Russia. It is a newsletter provided by the Association of European Businesses (AEB) that is being sent on a regular basis. If you would like to subscribe to this free service of the AEB, you can do this via: https://aebrus.ru/en/subscribe/ (the field names in the form are in Russian, but top down it reads: “first name”, “last name”, “email address”).

For questions about the impact of published (counter)measures on your activities or any other questions, please do not hesitate to us.

Webinar Consequences Denunciation Tax Treaty 9 February 2022

The Netherlands Embassy in Moscow and the Consulate-General in St. Petersburg organize interesting webinars. We note in particular the following.

On February 9, 2022 there will be a webinar titled “Consequences denunciation bilateral tax treaty between the Netherlands and Russia for (Dutch) companies”. The bilateral tax treaty or DTT has ended per 1 January 2022 and this will have an impact on, amongst others, dividend, interest and royalty withholding taxes due by companies. One of the speakers is Paul van der Pol, tax lawyer at Juralink.

Details on the webinar:

–          Time: 14:00 (CET), 16:00 (MSC)

–         ZOOM platform  

–          Working language; English

–          Duration: 1h

Registration:

by email to MOS-Economics@minbuza.nl indicating your name, email and company and “9 February DTT”.

For more information please refer to https://www.linkedin.com/company/nederlandse-ambassade-in-moskou-russische-federatie?

Mandatory medical tests for foreigners in Russia

From December 29, 2021 all foreigners in Russia must undergo extensive medical monitoring under a law* to improve health safety in the country. The law requires the following:

  • Submission of biometric data, both fingerprints and photographic images to identify individuals;
  • Medical tests for a wide range of diseases: HIV, syphilis, gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, leprosy, and Covid-19, but are also to trace any use of narcotics.

The law applies to all foreign labour migrants and to foreigners staying in Russia for longer than 3 months, as well as their family members, even children over 6 years of age. It will therefore constitute an additional requirement for highly qualified specialists, to keep or be re-issued a HQS visa.

An exemption exists only for diplomats and citizens of Belarus. Foreigners visiting Russia on the basis of a visa for ninety days or less, will not be subject to the new requirements.  Foreigners with a temporary residence permit do need to take the medical tests, but only once, in order to be granted their temporary residence permit.

An appointment can be made for testing, via blood samples and X-ray (for tuberculosis) in the area – for Moscow residents this can be done at the Moscow Migration Centre in Sakharovo – where they will be issued a certificate, when tests are passed successfully.

This certificate must be submitted to the authorities within 30 days for foreign labour migrants, or within 90 calendar days from the moment of entry into the Russian Federation for others than labour migrants.

Certificates are valid for a 90-day period and must be repeated every quarter [see update 22 February 2022 below: one year]. So all medical tests need to be done again in order to get a new certificate no later than one month after the original medical certificate expired.

Refusal to undergo examinations and submit biometric data could lead to revocation of permits or expulsion from Russia.

The law may be an instrument for Russian authorities to monitor the large foreign workforce from Turk-Asian republics, and any possible infectious diseases they might have.

The Western businesses community however is very upset about the law and many business people have said this will affect their decisions on living and working in Russia, especially with families.

Not all details of the law and its implementation are clear yet, but we will update you when there is more information.

Update 30 December: We have received information that long talks between Russian government authorities and international business associations have had a positive result. Medical examinations for foreigners under the new law from 29 December 2021 would not be required every quarter but only once a year.

Update 22 February 2022: The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the validity of medical certificates for foreigners has been extended to one year.

*The new law Law No. 274-FZ was enacted on 1 July 2021, but is effective only from 29 December 2021. It amended two Federal Laws – ” On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation ” (dated 25.07.2002 No. 115-FZ) and ” On State Fingerprint Registration in the Russian Federation ” (dated 25.07.1998 No. 128-FZ).

Simplified visa procedures for close relatives of Russian citizens

From 1 September 2021, a simplified Russian visa procedure applies to close relatives of Russian citizens abroad. A Russian citizen in for instance the Netherlands, can submit an application for an entry visa for his/her foreign relative to the local diplomatic mission or consulate. There is no need to get a formal invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In addition, foreign relatives will be able to get multiple entry visas with an extended period up to one year. Not only close relatives such as spouse and children benefit from the simplified visa procedure. It is also open to (grand)parents and grandchildren.

The new rule came into force on 1 September 2021 and is set out in point 3 of article 1 of Federal Act No. 270-FZ of 01.07.2021.

Would you like more information on the procedure? Feel free to contact us.

Changes in Russian migration legislation

As of 29 December 2021, important changes in Russian migration legislation will enter into force.

  1. Fingerprint registration and photographing:

For whom and when:

  1. Foreign citizens, who arrived without employment purposes for a period of more than 90 days – within 90 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation.
  2. Foreign citizens, who arrived for employment purposes (including the HQS category) – within 30 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation or upon receipt of a work permit, patent.

Nr. of occurrences: single time

2. Medical test:

Test: absence of the use of narcotics or psychoactive drugs, infectious diseases, certificate on the absence of HIV infection

For whom and when:

  1. Foreign citizens, who arrived without employment purposes for a period of more than 90 days – within 90 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation.
  2. Foreign citizens, who arrived for employment purposes (including the HQS category) – within 30 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation.

Nr. of occurrences:

  • For passing the procedure of fingerprint registration and photographing.
  • Again within 30 calendar days from the date of expiration of medical documents*. The results are to be provided to the territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or through the Gosuslugi portal.

Exception: Citizens of the Republic of Belarus and citizens under the age of six are exempt from the above procedures.

In case the above procedures are not successfully fulfilled, the period of temporary stay will be reduced. In case of negative results of a medical test, a stay (residence) in the Russian Federation will be judged unwanted or entry into the Russian Federation will not permitted.

*In practice, the medical certificate’s validity is 90 days.

We will keep you updated on any changes, adjustments or clarifications.

End to Double Tax Treaty Russia-Netherlands- update

Update May 26, 2021: today President Putin signed the law on Double Tax Tready (“DTT”) denunciation with the Netherlands (Federal Law of May 26, 2021 Nr. 139-ФЗ).

It is expected that Russia will file the notification on denunciation before June 30, 2021, so that the Netherlands- Russia Double Tax Treaty will expire on January 1, 2022.

In April, the Russian government had decided to submit the draft bill on denouncing the treaty to the State Duma. In the previous months it had become clear that a compromise between both states on new conditions for a DTT was unlikely.

Please see our previous publication or contact us for details on the consequences this will have.

UBO Reporting in Russia

Starting from 2022 UBO Reporting in Russia will be required for all foreign companies.

Russian subsidiaries of foreign companies are already required to maintain and annually update the UBO file. A new requirement is that all foreign companies registered with the Russian tax authorities (i.e., having branches or representative offices in Russia) will be obliged to annually submit information about their participants (founders, beneficiaries and managers). This information must be provided to the tax authorities at the place of tax registration starting from 2022. The extended obligation was implemented into item 3.2. Art. 23 Tax Code RF by the Federal Law No. 100-FZ of April 20, 2021.

Information shall disclose direct and indirect participation (if any) of an individual or a public company, if the share of their direct or indirect participation exceeds 5%.

The deadline for UBO reporting in Russia (providing the status as of 31 December of the preceding year) is March 28 of each year. Hereto first UBO submission for foreign companies shall be done no later than March 28, 2022. It is often a lengthy process to establish a UBO file and gather the corporate approvals for its disclosure among foreign holding structures. Therefore, we recommend to start preparing the UBO information well in advance and will be glad to provide our assistance in this matter.

We are awaiting the clarification of the tax authority on the submission and respective documents and will keep you updated on the next developments.

Remote work: special aspects

Many employers do not care where their remote employees work. And for this reason they do not indicate in employment contracts the place of work performance or simply write “Russia” or even “the whole world”. However, there are at least 8 reasons to specify the place of work performance in the employment contract. What are these reasons, why is it dangerous for the company that the employee chooses himself in which region to work, and how should the place of work performance be specified in the contract?  This is explained by Anastasia Korotaeva, Ph.D., LL.M., senior lawyer at Juralink , in her article published in the legal journal “Labor disputes”, No. 4 (April), 2021. You can read the article here.

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