Russia and CIS Countries

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03 May: Recent rulings of the General Court at the European Court of Justice regarding the challenges of European individual sanctions by sanctioned Russian subjects

Recent rulings of the General Court at the European Court of Justice regarding the challenges of European individual sanctions by sanctioned Russian subjects As is well known, following the deterioration of the relationship between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, which escalated into open conflict in February 2022, the European Union adopted a series of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation that extend and intensify the restrictions already in place since 2014 and introduce several new ones. Following the implementation of the latest sanctions package approved on 26 February 2023, more than 1,450 natural persons are included in Annex I to…

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19 Oct: Kazakhstan: Special Economic Zones

Kazakhstan: Special Economic Zones (update 2022) Kazakhstan is a country of great opportunities, full of history, and, seeking to become one of the most competitive economies in the world. Kazakhstan’s territory has unique mineral resources, and significant oil and gas deposits. Moreover, Kazakhstan is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union alongside Russia, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are particular sites of the Republic of Kazakhstan characterised by a special legal regime and specific infrastructures assigned to carrying out certain priority activities. SEZs activities are regulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Law of…

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28 Jun: Russia: Temporary regime for the fulfilment of obligations towards specific holders of intellectual property rights

Russia: Temporary regime for the fulfilment of obligations towards specific holders of intellectual property rights At the end of May 2022, the new Presidential Decree no. 322 on the temporary procedure for the fulfilment of obligations towards certain intellectual property owners was adopted.   The temporary procedure was introduced for the fulfilment of the pecuniary obligations arising from the use of the intellectual property rights and (or) other signs of identification, whose owners are: foreign persons from hostile countries (including their Russian subsidiaries); persons who publicly supported the foreign sanctions introduced against the Russian Federation; persons who, after February 23,…

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19 Oct: Pavia e Ansaldo with Vos’hod for Armani/Casa Moscow Residences

Pavia e Ansaldo with Vos’hod for Armani/Casa Moscow Residences Milan, 19 October, 2021 – Pavia e Ansaldo assisted the company Vos’hod, well-known Russian real estate developer, in the creation of a partnership with Giorgio Armani for the execution of the real estate Project ‘Armani/Casa Moscow Residences’, first project to be performed in partnership with the prestigious Italian luxury Brand in the Russian Federation.   The real estate complex will rise in one of the most iconic area of the Russian capital, nearby State Art Gallery Tretyakov. The Project will imply the development of an area of 9,6 thousand square meters and an investment of approximately 66…

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27 May: Russia: Business activity on the Internet network curried out by foreign operators

Russia: Business activity on the Internet network curried out by foreign operators On May 21, 2021, the draft federal law No. 1176731-7 “On the performance by foreign subjects of the activity in “Internet” network on the territory of the Russian Federation” was filed to the State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation). Under the above draft law a foreign person carries out the activity on Internet on the territory of the Russian Federation when that person is the owner of an Internet site and/or a web page and/or an information system and/or a program…

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21 May: Russia: Exclusive jurisdiction of the Russian economic court in case of sanctioned persons

Russia: Exclusive jurisdiction of the Russian economic court in case of sanctioned persons About a year ago, on 8 June 2020 with Federal Law no. 171, two new articles of the Civil Procedure Code (APK) established the exclusive jurisdiction of the Russian economic courts on disputes with the participation of subjects against whom restrictive measures have been introduced by foreign states and / or public bodies of foreign states.   According above mentioned amendments, the Russian economic court has exclusive jurisdiction (i) on disputes with the participation of the sanctioned subjects, as well as (ii) on disputes arose from the…

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17 May: La Banca di Russia stabilisce i requisiti delle attività finanziarie digitali riservate ad investitori qualificati a partire dal 1° gennaio 2021

La Banca di Russia stabilisce i requisiti delle attività finanziarie digitali riservate ad investitori qualificati a partire dal 1° gennaio 2021 In esecuzione di quanto previsto dalla legge federale n. 259-FZ del 31 luglio 2020 “Sulle attività finanziarie digitali e le valute digitali”, la Banca Centrale della Federazione Russa ha emesso l’Ordine n. 5635-Y del 25 novembre 2020 con cui, tra l’altro, ha stabilito i casi in cui le attività finanziarie digitali sono riservate agli investitori qualificati nonché i limiti per l’accesso a tali strumenti da parte delle persone fisiche.   Ai sensi del provvedimento in parola, sono riservate agli…

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06 May: Russia: Simplification of the procedure for obtaining a residence permit for foreign investors

Russia: Simplification of the procedure for obtaining a residence permit for foreign investors On April 27, 2021, the draft law “On amendments to the Federal Law “On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation” aimed at simplifying the procedure of obtaining residence permits for foreign investors was filed to the State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation).   The above mentioned draft law was drawn up in execution of the Russian Federation’s migration policy plan for the period from 2019 to 2025 and is aimed at creating additional favourable conditions for…