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Russia: Security Clearance Restrictions on Employees with Relatives Abroad

(Mar. 6, 2015) On January 15, 2015, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation upheld the constitutionality of the Federal Law on State Secrecy and confirmed the legality of the current government practice of cancelling the security clearances of and restricting access to information that contains state secrets by those government employees whose family members […]

Russia: Re-Entry Restrictions for Illegal Migrants

(Feb. 27, 2015) On January 12, 2015, amendments to the Federal Law on Exit from and Entry into the Russian Federation entered into force. (Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 524-FZ of December 31, 2014, on Amending Article 27 of the Federal Law on Exit from and Entry into the Russian Federation, Official Internet […]

Russia: Bill Approved to Allow Foreign Organizations to Be Declared Undesirable

(Feb. 24, 2015) On January 20, 2015, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of the legislature) approved on the first reading a draft law that amends several legislative acts regulating the activities of foreign and international organizations working in Russia, including religious ones. (Bill No. 662902-6, Russian legislative database (in Russian) […]

Russia: First Criminal Prosecution for Not Reporting Second Citizenship

(Jan. 13, 2015) On December 9, 2014, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation (the federal authority in charge of criminal investigations directly subordinated to the President of Russia) announced that it has charged a Russian individual for not reporting to the authorities that he has permanent resident status in a foreign state. (A Criminal […]

Russia: Registered Clergy May Be Allowed to Meet with Prisoners

(Jan. 6, 2015) On December 9, 2014, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (lower chamber of the legislature) approved on the first reading legislation that amends the country’s Correctional Code to allow prisoners to communicate with members of the clergy. (Bill No. 614607-6, Duma legislative database (Dec. 9, 2014).) If passed, the law will […]

Russia: Stricter Punishment for Drunk Driving, Speeding

(Dec. 31, 2014) On December 25, 2014, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (the upper chamber of the legislature) approved a law previously passed by the Russian State Duma that makes driving a car while intoxicated a criminal offense punishable by a fine equal to US$10,000 (equivalency as of the time of the passage […]

Russia: Collective Responsibility for Acts of Terrorism

(Dec. 24, 2014) On December 5, 2014, Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of the Chechnya Republic, one of 85 constituent components of the Russian Federation, issued a statement following an attack the day before by Islamist insurgents in the capital city of Chechnya in which 14 law enforcement officers were killed and 36 wounded. Kadyrov declared […]

Russia: Religious Orthodox Classes Will Be Taught in Public School Buildings

(Nov. 26, 2014) On November 24, 2014, the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant reported that according to Moscow City Council Member and Chair of the Moscow City Board of Education Nina Minko, the Russian Orthodox Church has been granted the right to use public school buildings when classes are out, without paying rent. (Aleksandr Chernykh & […]

Russia: Right to Use Firearms Extended

(Nov. 25, 2014) On November 8, 2014, the Government of the Russian Federation amended the Rules on Circulation of Civil and Service Weapons and Munitions in the Territory of the Russian Federation (Government Regulation No. 1178, Government Legal Information portal (in Russian).) The amending Regulation is a major document that implements the Russian Federal Law […]

Russia: HIV-Infected Individuals Cannot Adopt Children

(Nov. 6, 2014) On September 23, 2014, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the legality of the list of illnesses that prohibit individuals from adopting children, establishing guardianship, or forming a foster family. (Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Docket case AKPI 14-890 [in Russian], Supreme Court website (Sept. 23, 2014).) The List […]