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Russia has extended the validity period of migration documents expiring between 15 March and 15 June 2020.

Russia eases rules for foreign employees

Russia has extended the validity period of migration documents expiring between 15 March and 15 June 2020, including:1

  • visas, temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits;
  • individual work permits, patents, employers’ permissions to hire foreign employees;
  • individual migration cards.

Foreign employees may continue working based on the above documents.

Additionally, during this period, companies are allowed to hire foreign persons who have no patents or work permits (subject to certain limitations).

Moscow extends restrictions and tightens the system of digital passes

The restrictions imposed 13 April on the work of organizations, including restrictions on visits by individuals, have been extended until 1 May.2

New rules on digital travel passes take effect 22 April 20203 , with additional requirements for the use of multipasses for travelling to work:

  • only electronic travel cards may be used for public transport (other kinds of tickets are not allowed);
  • details of the electronic travel card must be added to the pass;
  • passes must be obtained at least 5 hours before the first trip.

This LEGAL ALERT is issued to inform Baker McKenzie clients and other interested parties of legal developments that may affect or otherwise be of interest to them. The comments above do not constitute legal or other advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for specific advice in individual cases.

Russian version

1 Decree of the Russian President of 18.04.2020 N 274 “On temporary measures to resolve the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation in connection with the threat of the further spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)”

2 Decree of the Mayor of Moscow “On Amending the Decree of the Mayor of Moscow of 11.04.2020 No. 43-UM.”

2 Decree of the Mayor of Moscow “On Amendments to the Decree of the Mayor of Moscow of 05.03.2020 No. 12-UM.


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.


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.


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."


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