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Doing business in Russia

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Russia.

Update on sanctions

The EU has imposed economic sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea, targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy and individuals, since March 2014. On 23-24 February 2022, the European Council agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia. For the latest guidance check EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis page on the European Union website.

Since March 2014, the UK has imposed financial sanctions to encourage Russia 'to cease actions which destabilise Ukraine, including actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine'. A new package of sanctions was announced by the UK Government on 24 February 2022 following the invasion of Ukraine. These were extended on the 4 May to cover accountancy, management consulting and PR services,  For the latest guidance check Trading under sanctions with RussiaUK sanctions on Russia, the UK Sanctions List and Guidance: Financial sanctions, Russia pages on the UK Government website.

Information about the sanctions imposed by the US Government can be found on the Ukraine-/Russia-related Sanctions page on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website.

To find out more about what the sanctions mean for accountants, please check our Ukraine crisis: central resource hub.

Counter-sanction measures

List of the most important Russian counter-sanctions
EY Russia
Regularly updated summary of Russian initiatives adopted in response to economic sanctions, with links to sources. The firm's Tax Messenger bulletin provides further news on key tax and legal developments in Russia, including Legalisation of parallel importation

Sanctions and anti-crisis legislative measures [in Russian]
Mazars
Regularly updated table listing business support measures adopted by the Russian government and sanctions imposed on Russia by other jurisdictions. It gives summaries, links to more detailed commentary, and links to sources. In Russian only.

Ministry of Industry and Trade approves list of goods for importation to Russia without right holder’s consent
Dentons, 20 May 2022
Bulletin from the law firm explaining which goods may be imported without the right holder's consent, consumer protections, labelling requirements, next steps, and antitrust considerations.

New May 2022 Russian Counter-Sanctions: Key Points
Dentons, 19 May 2022
Bulletin from the law firm highlighting further Presidential Edicts against so-called unfriendly states.

Russia Counter-Sanctions – new restrictions and how they will work
Dentons, 28 March 2022
Bulletin from the law firm on Russian investments in foreign projects and joint ventures, additional restrictions on foreign currency transactions, exceptions to mandatory sales of foreign currency proceeds, clarification of procedures for discharge of monetary obligations, permitted transfers to residents' foreign accounts, and CBR clarifications on the application of restrictions.

Russian counter-sanctions: Temporary procedure for repaying debt to foreign creditors
Dentons, 15 March 2022
Bulletin from the law firm summarising new requirements that temporarily introduce ruble payments for residents’ financial obligations instead of the original debt currency.

Russia's sanctions (capital controls) countermeasures: key points
Dentons, 3 March 2022
Bulletin from the law firm summarising economic measures in response to recent international sanctions. The edicts have immediate effect and do not have a pre-determined end date.

Guides

Trading under sanctions with Russia
Department for International Trade, June 2022
Guidance on the import and export restrictions that apply to UK businesses when trading with Russia.

Doing Business in Russia
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of Russia. Published in 2021.

Doing Business in Russia
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at August 2020.

Doing Business in Russia
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this country. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Russia either temporarily or permanently. Published in December 2018.

Business risk

Overseas Business Risk - Russia
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime. Updated February 2021.

Corruption Perceptions Index
Annual global corruption ranking produced by Transparency International, an international NGO, which measures the perceived level of public sector corruption across 180 countries and territories. A full report provides global and regional highlights along with further analysis.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Russia page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Russian Corporate Governance Roundtable
Forum established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Publications include a White Paper on Corporate Governance and progress reports.

Russian Institute of Directors
The professional body offers information, in Russian only, on corporate governance topics, including news and the National Corporate Governance Rating.

Law and regulation

International debt collection handbook 2021
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation. Free registration required.

Forums and support networks

Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain and Russia.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Russia
Analysis of the business environment in Russia, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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