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On December 28, 2015 President Putin issued new Decree No. 669 (“Decree No. 669“) supplementing the foreign trade sanctions against Turkey that were imposed earlier by Presidential Decree No. 583, dated November 28, 2015. Pursuant to Decree No. 669, provision of certain services and performance of certain work by Russian legal entities should be prohibited or restricted, if such legal entities are controlled by Turkish persons. For the purposes of the above, control should be determined in accordance with general criteria established by Russian Federal Law No. 57-FZ, dated April 29, 2008, On Foreign Investments in Russia. The types of work and services falling under the restrictions and prohibitions are those generally listed by Russian Governmental Decree No. 1457, dated December 29, 2015 (Decree No. 1457), and they includes the following: 1. Construction of buildings, engineering installations and specialized construction works; 2. Activity in the sphere of architecture, design and engineering; technical tests, research and analysis; 3. Activity of touristic agencies and other organizations providing services in the touristic sphere; 4. Hotel business and other places for temporary accommodation; 5. Provision of work and services for state and municipal needs; 6. Processing of wood. The list also includes special classifications of relevant work and service types. At the same time, Decree No. 669 provides that certain contracts, to be defined and listed by the Russian Government, otherwise falling under the sanctions, may enjoy an exemption from the above measures.

Alexander Bychkov is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Moscow office. Alexander Bychkov is the co-head of the Firm’s CIS Tax Practice Group and the head of the CIS International Trade and Customs group, which includes professionals working in the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv and Almaty offices. In addition, he is a member of the Firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare group. Since 2006 Mr. Bychkov has been consistently recognized as one of the leading professionals in the tax field within Russia and across the CIS. His practice is recognized by Chambers and International Tax Review.

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