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Roszdravnadzor has defined criteria for blocking websites selling medicines

4 September 2020 the Russian Ministry of Justice registered the Order No. 5527 of Roszdravnadzor dd. 29 June 2020, approving criteria for evaluating the information, publication of which may result in a website inclusion in the register of prohibited websites and its blocking. The Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) renders such a decision.

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The Russian Government passed new rules on the medicines interchangeability

The new rules on the medicines interchangeability No. 1360 (hereinafter – the Rules) enacted by the Russian Government have entered into force on 9 September 2020 .

The Rules do not cover herbal and homeopathic medicines.

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Special rules for holding General Meetings in 2020

Federal law No. 115-FZ of 07.04.2020 (as amended by Federal law No. 297-FZ of 31.07.2020) (“Law”) sets out the specifics for holding General Meetings of LLC and JSC shareholders in 2020:

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Changes in the Federal law “On the procedure for foreign investment in economic companies of strategic importance for national defense and state security”

Starting from August 11, 2020, amendments to the Federal law “On the procedure for foreign investment in economic companies of strategic importance for national defense and state security” (“Law”) have come into force1, strengthening state control over transactions of foreign investors or a group of persons in respect of shares of companies of strategic importance for national defense and state security (“Company”).

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Overview of changes to the Federal law “On electronic signature”

Federal law No. 476-FZ of December 27, 2019, introduced several amendments to the Federal law “On electronic signature” (“Law”). Changes to the Law come into force gradually:

1. Main changes starting from July 01, 2020

1.1. Clarification of the requirements for accreditation of the certification center and the updated list of accredited certification centers

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Regulatory “sandboxes” in the sphere of digital innovations will begin to operate in Russia

Published on July 31, 2020 the Federal Law “On Experimental Legal Regimes in the Field of Digital Innovation”1 will enter into force in January 2021.

The federal law defines the purposes and principles of experimental legal regimes in the sphere of digital innovations, the circle of participants of experimental legal regimes in the sphere of digital innovations, and also regulates the relations connected with their establishment and realization, including change, suspension, termination, monitoring, estimation of their efficiency and effectiveness.

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Clarifications of the Constitutional Court on the participation of representatives without law degree in commercial procedure

The Constitutional Court and Supreme court continue to clarify the novels in procedural codes on professional judicial representatives. Recall that earlier, in June, the Supreme Court in the Review of Judicial Practice No. 1 dated 06/10/20201 indicated that the law degree requirements do not relate to representatives in bankruptcy cases. Recently, the Constitutional Court in its decision2 ruled that the interests of legal entities can be represented by employees, founders (shareholders) and other persons without a law degree.

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New explanations of the FAS Russia on certain aspects of advertising in the field of pharmaceuticals and healthcare

The latest Explanations of the FAS Russiaconcern the following:


Specification of the information about the license is not required directly in the advertising of medical activities that are subject to licensing. Verification of the presence of relevant documents is carried out at the request of the advertising distributor in accordance with article 13 of the Law on advertising. The advertiser, in turn, shall provide reports, including information about the availability of a license, mandatory certification and state registration.

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First introduction of cramdown in Russian Bankruptcy

In addition to recent measures supporting the economy and preventing spread of COVID-19 a new law No. 166-FZ dated 8 June, 2020 “On amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation with a view to taking urgent measures aimed at ensuring sustainable economic development and preventing the consequences of the spread of a novel coronavirus infection” was adopted (hereinafter referred to as Law no. 166). Law No. 166 amended regulations provided by the Bankruptcy law1 with several novels.

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Moscow city Duma proposed to legalise remote work in the Labour Code of the Russian Federation

Deputies of the Moscow city Duma introduced a bill1 suggesting adding provisions for remote work to the Labour Code. The ground for making such amendments are the difficulties in formalising transfer of employees to remote work which the employers faced during the pandemic.

As indicated in the explanatory memorandum to the bill, “at present, a significant part of citizens, due to the current epidemiological situation, temporarily or partially (according to a special schedule) carries out their work in remote form, that is, outside the main stationary workplace”. Indeed, non-working days declared in Russia were only nominative non-working: the majority of employees proceeded to work from home. It was a kind of challenge for many employers, since the existing legislation does not provide for the possibility of remote, rather than distant work (for differences see here).

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