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Effective 16 March 2020, Moscow has introduced new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Among these is a citywide ban, in force through 10 April 2020, on indoor public events with more than 50 participants.

Also, the list of countries considered to be high-risk for coronavirus has been expanded. Currently this list includes:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • All EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Republic of Cyprus, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia , France, Finland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia)
  • the USA
  • the UK
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Belarus
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Albania
  • Montenegro
  • Monaco
  • Liechtenstein
  • Vatican
  • San Marino
  • Iceland

All employees arriving from these countries or living together with people who have arrived from these countries must self-isolate for 14 days. Employers operating in Moscow must deny such employees access to their workplaces and/or the company premises.

From 18 March to 1 May 2020, foreign nationals and stateless persons, including those arriving from the territory of Belarus as well as citizens of Belarus, will be temporarily restricted entry to the Russian Federation. This restriction will not apply to certain categories of persons, including: holders of diplomatic visas, official visas, or ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative; ship and railroad crews; individuals permanently residing in the RF (Russian nationals with internal IDs; and foreigners holding permanent residency permits).

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Igor Makarov is a partner in Baker Mckenzie's Moscow office. Igor Makarov practices in the areas of corporate/M&A, as well as labor and migration law. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Makarov worked as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and headed St. Petersburg and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers CIS Law Offices BV. He also worked as an attorney at Hedman Law Offices, where he headed its St. Petersburg office until 1994. He joined Baker McKenzie as an associate in its St. Petersburg office. Mr. Makarov is currently a partner in the Firm’s Moscow office.

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Elena Kukushkina is a counsel and coordinator in Baker Mckenzie's Moscow office. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, she worked at another leading global law firm. Ms. Kukushkina has written articles as well as spoken in conferences and seminars about labor and immigration law. She is recommended by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA for her employment work. Sources describe Ms. Kukushkina as “fast, practical and business-oriented” as well as "result- driven."

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Evgeny Reyzman is a counsel in Baker Mckenzie's Moscow office. Evgeny Reyzman has extensive experience practicing in Russian labor law and employment litigation matters, as well as in the areas of commercial litigation, and Russian criminal law and procedure. Top ranked by Chambers Global 2009, clients describe him as a "genuine veteran of the employment scene who knows absolutely everything there is to know." PLC Which Lawyer? also recognized him as leading lawyer in its 2008 and 2009 editions. Chambers Europe 2007 regards him as one of the big three employment lawyers in Moscow. Mr. Reyzman joined Baker McKenzie in 1998 and became a partner in 2001. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a senior legal adviser for a major Russian bank and practiced as an advocate with the Inter-Republican Bar Association and the Moscow City Bar Association. In addition to his practice, Mr. Reyzman actively participates in the activities of the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow as a member of its Human Resources Executive Committee.

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Maxim Kalinin serves as managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s St. Petersburg office and head of the Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Real Estate & Construction and Employment practice groups. He was named a European legal expert in Russia by European Legal Experts 2008, and was recognized by Chambers Europe "for his expertise in M&A and real estate work". He is also cited by Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal 2009, The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2008 and the Private Equity Handbook 2007/2008 for his corporate and real estate work