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Russia: Federal Law to Regulate Soccer Tournaments

(July 12, 2013) On June 8, 2013, in line with preparations for the Soccer World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a law that provides for the increased involvement of federal and local government authorities in the building of infrastructure for this tournament and in supervising the […]

Russia: New Rules for Air Passengers

(June 28, 2013) On June 7, 2013, the Law on Amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation was signed by the Russian President. (Law No. 124-FZ [in Russian], June 7, 2013, ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (June 11, 2013) [official publication].) These newly adopted amendments make air travel more accessible for people with disabilities. The Law […]

Russia: Expansion of Right of Legislative Initiation Considered

(Feb. 13, 2013) On January 14, 2013, the legislative assembly of the province of Astrakhan in southern Russia submitted a proposal to the State Duma (lower house of the legislature) on expansion of the legislators’ right to initiate legislation. The proposal calls for members of the national legislature to be allowed to introduce bills in […]

Russia: Supreme Court Ruling on Unrestricted Access of Journalists to Trials

(Jan. 8, 2013) On December 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued Guiding Explanations on the Implementation of the Constitutional Requirement to Keep Judicial Trials Open to the Public. (Ruling No. 35 of December 13, 2012 [in Russian], Russian Federation Supreme Court website.) Judicial openness is a constitutional requirement; article 123 of […]

Russia: New Procedure to Form the Parliament’s Upper Chamber

(Jan. 4, 2013) On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country’s legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 [in Russian], ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (Dec. 7, 2012) (official publication).) According to the Law, Russian Senators will participate […]

Russia: Mandatory Russian Language Test for Labor Migrants

(Dec. 31, 2012) Federal Law No. 185 on Amendments to Federal Laws on the Status of Foreigners and on Education entered into force on December 1, 2012. (ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA No. 262 (Nov. 14, 2012) [official publication, in Russian].) Under the amendments, labor migrants who come to Russia from abroad will not be able to obtain […]

Russia: Espionage and State Treason Concepts Revised

(Nov. 28, 2012) On November 14, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill amending the Russian Criminal Code in regard to the crimes of espionage and state treason. (Marina Ozerova, He Did Not Betray Himself: Putin Signed the Law on State Treason [in Russian], MOSKOVSKII KOMSOMOLETS, No. 26093 (Nov. 15, 2012).) According […]

Russia: Monitoring for Prohibited Web Content

(Nov. 6, 2012) On November 1, 2012, amendments to the Russian Law on Protection of Children from Information Damaging Their Health and Development entered into force. These amendments were passed by the Russian legislature in July 2012. (Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 139, ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (July 30, 2012) [official publication, in Russian].) According […]

Russia: Age Restrictions for Senior Government Officials Will Be Loosened

(Oct. 4, 2012) On September 4, 2012, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma (the country’s legislature) a proposal to amend the Federal Law on Civil Service. The amendment is aimed at increasing the mandatory retirement age for the highest-level government officials, from 65 years to 70. As the proposal […]

Russia: Rewards for Assisting Police

(Oct. 3, 2012) On August 23, 2012, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (police) of the Russian Federation published on its website draft Rules on Incentives and Payments to Individuals for Assistance in Investigating Crimes and Apprehending Criminals. This document will enter into force after it is approved by the federal government. The system of official […]