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Russia: Full Ban on Food with GMOs

(July 1, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the upper chamber of the legislature) adopted the Federal Law on Amending Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Regard to Improvement of State Control in the Field of Genetic Engineering. (Press Release, Federation Council, Ban on Growing and […]

Russia: Simplified Rules for Drone Operations

(June 30, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (the upper chamber of the legislature) approved without discussion the Law on Amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation Concerning the Use of Unmanned Aircraft and Requirements for Experimental Aviation Personnel, which was passed by the State Duma (the […]

Russian Federation: Constitutional Court Allows Country to Ignore ECHR Rulings

(May 18, 2016) On April 19, 2016, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (RF) ruled for the first time that a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cannot be implemented in Russia because measures aimed at its implementation would contradict the Russian Constitution. (Press Release, RF Constitutional Court, Constitutional Court Announced […]

Finland/Russian Federation: Agreements Concluded to Stem Migrant Flow

(Apr. 7, 2016) Finland and Russia have concluded two agreements on cross-border traffic designed to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the Eastern Lapland region of Finland. According to Päivi Nerg of Finland’s Ministry of the Interior, the two countries have been concerned about the number of migrants travelling in a westward direction into […]

ECHR, Russian Federation: Breaches of Human Rights in Surveillance Legislation

(Mar. 2, 2016) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in a decision issued on December 4, 2015, in the case of Roman Zakharov v. Russia, ruled on the legality of Russia’s regulations on administering the System for Ensuring Investigative Activities (SORM legislation) under article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights […]

Russian Federation: State Control of Internet Proposed

(Mar. 1, 2016) On February 11, 2016, the Russian media reported that the Ministry of Communications had drafted proposed legislation on state control of Internet traffic in the territory of the Russian Federation. While the text of the legislation has not been published, the Russian newspaper that obtained the explanatory note for the proposal stated […]

Russia: Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Contracts

(Dec. 9, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a ruling on resolving labor disputes involving athletes and sports team coaches. (Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Ruling No. 52 on the Application by Courts of Laws Regulating the Work of Sportsmen and Coaches (Nov. 24, 2015), Supreme Court […]

Belarus; Russia: Additional Measures to Improve Debt Collection

(Dec. 2, 2015) On November 28, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law amendments to varied legal acts addressing procedures for collecting debts owed by non-bona-fide debtors. (Federal Law No. 340-FZ on Amending the Federal Law on Enforcement Proceedings and Select Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (Nov. 28, 2015), PRAVO.GOV.RU (official publication) (in Russian).) […]

Russian Federation: New Law Allows Seizure of Foreign Governments’ Property

(Dec. 2, 2015) On November 3, 2015, President Vladimir Putin signed the Law on Jurisdictional Immunity of a Foreign State and a Foreign State’s Property in the Russian Federation (Federal Law No. 297-FZ (Nov. 3, 2015), PRAVO.GOV official government portal) (in Russian).) The law is scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2016. (Id. […]

Russia: Ban Introduced on Use of GMOs in Food

(Oct. 6, 2015) On September 18, 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkadii Dvorkovich, said at a business forum that Russia will not produce genetically modified food but that research on genetic modifications for medical and other purposes will continue. (Government Decided to Leave Russia Without Genetically Modified Products, NEWSRU.COM (Sept. 18, […]