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Russia: Bailiffs Now Have Housebreaking Right

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 1, 2008, an amended version of the Federal Law on Execution of Judgments of the Russian Federation entered into force. The newly passed amendments allow bailiffs to enter private residences with the purpose of property evaluation, even if the residents are absent. A written order issued by the chief of […]

Russia: Quotas for Guest Workers

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 1, 2008, a new annual cycle for the issuance of migrant quotas started in Russia. According to a government regulation, two million guest workers from abroad will be admitted in 2008, including about 60,000 people from the countries that have visa relations with Russia and the rest from the former […]

Russia: Total Ban on Tobacco Advertisement

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 10, 2007, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted the Resolution on Joining the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization on the Fight Against Tobacco and issued a resolution recommending that the State Duma (legislature) pass all necessary implementing laws. The Convention requires the introduction of a total ban […]

Russia: National Version of Presidential Libraries

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 9, 2008, the Government of the Russian Federation introduced to the legislature a bill on legacy centers for presidents whose term of office has expired. The bill was almost unanimously approved by the State Duma (parliament) of the Russian Federation. According to this newly passed legislation, the federal government will […]

Russia: New Consumer Protection Law

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 10, 2007, newly adopted amendments to the Russian Consumer Protection Law entered into force. The Law includes provisions aimed at introducing the right of a consumer to return an item of inferior quality to the seller and obtain a full refund. The right to almost unlimited return is expanded to […]

Russia: Federal Passport Control System Created

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation adopted amendments to the Federal Anti-Money Laundering Law that provide for the creation of a national passport control system. To be established before the end of June 2008, this system is designed to review the validity of passports produced by […]

Russia: New Abortion Restrictions

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 29, 2007, the Russian Federation Health Care and Social Development Ministry issued an executive regulation that establishes a new procedure for providing abortion services. According to the new rules, while abortion remains covered by state health programs, each woman who is planning to undergo this procedure during the first 12 […]

Russia: Higher Education Reform

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 11, 2007, the Federation Council (legislature) of Russia passed a law that introduced a two-tier higher education system. As of 2009, the existing five-year university education system will be replaced by a "four plus two" system – four years for a bachelor's degree and two for a masters, although specialist […]

Russia: Compensation for Victims of Federal Troops in Chechnya

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 4, 2007, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling under which Russia is obligated to pay €200,000 (about US$285,000) to three Chechen women who suffered from the unwarranted and indiscriminate use of force by the Russian military. This is a record high amount of compensation ever awarded […]