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On 1 July 2021, Russia adopted a paradigm-shifting law that establishes, among other things, new physical presence requirements for major foreign technology companies doing business in the Russian Internet space. Affected technology companies are required to open either a representative office, a branch, or a subsidiary in Russia. This article provides a brief overview of this radical regulatory development and its Russian tax implications, reviews the compliance alternatives, and suggests means to mitigate the associated tax risks.

On 1 July 2021, President Putin signed one of the most significant bills of 2021 in Russia and in doing so turned Russian IT regulation on its head. The “Landing Law”, which regulates the activity of foreign IT entities in Russia, marks a new trend in the regulation of information technology in Russia.
The main development is that under the new law foreign information technology companies will be required to establish a physical presence in Russia.

From 1 March 2022, Russian business owners will be able to transfer business and personal assets worth at least RUB 100 million to new private foundations established under Russian law. As opposed to inheritance foundations, which have not caught on in Russia, private foundations can be established and tested during the lifetime of their founders.

Starting from 13 July 2021, Russian credit institutions and other payment service providers are prohibited from interacting with illegal gambling and lotteries operators and foreign payment service providers who accept and transfer payments to illegal gambling and lottery operators. The restrictions are adopted by the Amendments to the Gambling Law (“Law”).

Welcome to our Virtual Global Trade Conference, a virtual offering for all our clients and friends worldwide. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major developments impacting international trade. The sessions include trade policy, exports, sanctions, customs, China trade developments and trade developments.

Every year our lawyers produce Doing Business in Russia, a general guide for companies operating in or considering investment into the Russian Federation. The guide presents an overview of the key aspects of the Russian legal system and regulation of business activities in this country.