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2008 BALTIC REGIONAL LEGAL NEWS LETTER

Bankruptcy

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1049-R dated July 21, 2008.

The order appoints “The Kommersant Gazette” as an official gazette that publishes the infor-mation in accordance with the Federal Law entitled “On the Bankruptcy”.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 158 dated July 25, 2008.


Land and Real Estate laws

Order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 32 dated February 18, 2008 enti-tled “On Approval of Forms of Cadastral Passports of buildings, facilities, unfinished construc-tions, premises, land plots”.

The Order stipulates new forms of Cadastral Passports of buildings, facilities, unfinished con-structions, premises and land plots.
“The Russian Gazette”, No. 39 dated February 22, 2008.


Letter of the Tax Department of the Russian Federation No. SHS-6-3/79 dated February 7, 2008 entitled “On Land Tax”.

The official letter clarifies that the taxpayer is obliged to pay the land tax irrespective of the absence of the official registration of his rights.


Corporate law

Federal Law No. 201-FZ dated November 11, 2008 entitled “On the Amendments to the Article No. 1473 of the 4th part of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation”.

The Law stipulates that the legal entity has a right to use words “Russia” and “the Russian Federation” (and other similar words) in a company’s name only after the receipt of the official approval issued in accordance with the official procedure stipulated by the Government of the Russian Federation.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 232 dated November 11, 2008.


Order of the Federal Financial Markets Service No. 07-113/PZ-N dated December 27, 2007 entitled “On the requirements for the procedure of keeping the register of the registered se-curities holders by the issuer of the registered securities”.

The order stipulates that the issuer of the registered securities must hire at least one employee, having a financial market qualification certificate on keeping a register of registered securities holders.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 30 dated February 13, 2008.


Letter of the Tax Department of the Russian Federation No. SK-6-09/963 dated December 13, 2007 entitled “On the amendments of the state registration procedure of homeowners associa-tions, gardening, horticultural and suburban noncommercial citizen associations”.

The Letter cancels the special procedure of the state registration of the homeowners associa-tions, gardening, horticultural and suburban noncommercial citizen associations. Starting from December 15, 2007, the state registration of such noncommercial citizen associations is governed by the Federal Law “On state registration of the legal entities and private entrepreneurs”.

“The CEO and Chief Accountant of the housing and communal services Journal”, No. 5 dated May, 2008.


Federal Law No, 70-FZ dated May 13, 2008 entitled “On the amendments to the Article 27 of the Federal Law entitled “On Advertisements”.

The Law stipulates that the advertisements based on game risks, wagering should not be ad-dressed to non-adult persons, criticize non-participation in risk based games and wagering, etc. The same provisions are related to the advertisements of the related services.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 104 dated May 16, 2008.


Licensing

Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 80 dated February 16, 2008 entitled “On approval of the provision on licensing of the auditing activities”.

The Resolution stipulates the procedure of licensing of the auditing activities, performed by the legal entities and private entrepreneurs. The license is issued by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation for 5 year period with a prolongation right.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 45 dated March 1, 2008.

Order of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation No. 91 dated July 11, 2008 entitled “On the approval of the document forms, used by the Ministry of Regional Devel-opment of the Russian Federation in a licensing process in accordance with the Federal Law entitled “On Licensing Certain Types of Activities”.

The Order stipulates 15 official forms concerning licensing of the certain types of activities.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 170 dated August 13, 2008.


Federal Law No, 113-FZ dated July 14, 2008 entitled “On the amendments to the Article 18 of the Federal Law entitled “On Licensing Certain Types of Activities”.

The law stipulates that the auditing activities licensing will bу terminated from January 1, 2009.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 153 dated July 18, 2008.


Labor law

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 554 dated July 22, 2008 entitled “On the minimum salary increase for working at nighttime”.

The Order stipulates the minimum salary increase for working at nighttime (from 10pm to 6am) at the rate of 20%.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 160 dated July 30, 2008.


Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 132 dated March 1, 2008 entitled “On the amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 225 dated April 16, 2003”.

The Resolution amends the procedure of the work books keeping, the procedure of issuance of the workbook duplicate, inventory and storage of the workbooks.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 55 dated March 14, 2008.


Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 749 dated October 13, 2008 entitled “On specificity of employees’ assignments to business trips”.

The Order stipulates the procedure of the employees’ assignments to business trips. The Order also clarifies the term “Regular Workplace”.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 218 dated October 17, 2008.

Customs law

Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 53 dated February 7, 2008 entitled “On the importation into the Russian Federation customs territory of the products subject to mandatory conformity”.

The Resolution approves the Rules of importation into the Russian Federation customs territory of the products subject to mandatory conformity.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 29 dated February 12, 2008.


Order of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation No. 474 dated April 23, 2008 entitled “On the Declaration of Agreement on cooperation between the customs authorities of the Russian Federation and the Federal Bailiff Service in the execution of customs orders and other enforcement documents”.

The Order stipulates the basis of the cooperation between the customs authorities of the Russian Federation and the Federal Bailiff Service.

“The Customs Gazette”, No. 6 dated June, 2008.


Taxation

Order of the Tax Department of the Russian Federation No. MM-3-1/643 dated December 5, 2008 entitled “On the procedure of performing the authorities of the chief administrators of in-comes and administrators of budget incomes of the budget system of the Russian Federation by the territorial bodies of the Federal Tax Service".

The Order stipulates the authorities of the regional and territorial departments of the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation.


Letter of the Tax Department of the Russian Federation No. SHS-6-3/253 dated April 3, 2008 entitled “On the Transport Tax, Company Property Tax and Land Tax”.

The letter clarifies the procedure of filling and submission of the transport tax, company property tax and land tax declarations.


Russian Bilateral International Agreements

Angola

Federal Law No. 125-FZ dated July 22, 2008 entitled “On Ratification of the Agreement be-tween the Russian Federation and the Republic of Angola on extradition”.

The Law ratifies the Agreement signed in Moscow on October 31, 2006.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 160 dated July 30, 2008.

Thailand

Federal Law No. 259-FZ dated December 22, 2008 entitled “On Ratification of the Convention between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of the avoiding of taxation with respect to the income taxes”.

The Law ratifies the Agreement signed in Bangkok on September 23, 1999.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 265 dated December 26, 2008.


Brazil

Federal Law No. 300-FZ dated December 30, 2008 entitled “On Ratification of the Convention between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Brazil on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of the avoiding of taxation with re-spect to the income taxes”.

The Law ratifies the Agreement signed in Brasilia on November 22, 2004.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 267 dated December 31, 2008.


Russian Multilateral International Agreements

Federal Law No. 275-FZ dated December 25, 2008 entitled “On Ratification of the Agreement on Protection of Participants in Criminal Proceedings”.

The Law ratifies the Agreement signed in Minsk on November 28, 2006.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 266 dated December 30, 2008.


Federal Law No. 290-FZ dated December 25, 2008 entitled “On Ratification of the Agreement on organization and conducting joint antiterrorist measures in the territories of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization members”.

The Law ratifies the Agreement signed on behalf of the Russian Federation in Shanghai on June 15, 2006.

“The Russian Gazette”, No. 266 dated December 30, 2008.