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Plenary session “Law in the Global Context” will take place in the Eastern Wing of the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum on the 17th of May.

Plenary session will be broadcasted live in Russian and English for all Forum participants in conference halls, in Press Centre and lounge zones and on the Forum’s website.

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Invitation from Moderators

A new column «Invitation from Moderators» provides details of discussion sessions. In this issue:

  • Yuriy Voronin, Chief of Staff of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, moderator of the Brainstorm “New Funded System for Employees 'Investment Pension Capital”;
  • Vladimir Gureev, head of the Department of Civil Procedure and Bailiff Service Organization at the All-Russian State University of Justice (RLA of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation), moderator of the panel discussion Information Technology in Enforcement Proceedings
  • Ludmila Novosiolova, chairwoman of the Intellectual Property Rights Court, moderator of the discussion session Fairness and Proportionality in Responsibility Enforcement Mechanism for Infringement of Exclusive Rights;
  • Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for State Construction and Legislation, moderator of the panel discussion Modernization of Inheritance Law: Preserving the Estate and Executing Testator’s Will;
  • Viktor Nesterenko, president of LawTEK school, chairman of supervisory board of the Energy Law and Economics Foundation, moderator of the discussion session Subsoil Law – 25 Years of Development: Outcomes and Prospects;
  • The article examines the role of the Law of the Russian Federation N 2395-1 (adopted in 21.02.1992) ‘On subsoil issues’;
  • Gulnara Ruchkina, head of Business Legal Regulation Department, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, moderator of the discussion session Present-Day Environmental Crisis: a Threat to Sustainable Development of Human Civilization;
  • Aleksey Yukhnin, Director for Development of Projects, Interfax Information Group, moderator of discussion session “Disclosure of Security Interests as a Tool to Protect Creditors’ Rights and Significance of Security Interest Registers in Insolvency Proceedings”;
  • Brunch “Monitoring and Oversight Reform: seeking for balance of convenience for the state and the businesses”.

“It would be profoundly and inexcusably wrong to assume that the topic of the new funded pension system is relevant only for the pensioners”

Yuriy Voronin, Chief of Staff of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, moderator of the Brainstorm “New Funded System for Employees 'Investment Pension Capital”

Our discussion will be structured as a brainstorm. There is a good reason behind it. As a moderator of this panel, I would like the participants not just to listen to what the speakers are saying and ask them questions, but to be creative and to come up with their own ideas about the ways to organize the Individual Pension Capital, a new funded pension system for workers due to launch on January 1, 2018.

Indeed, this vital system will be formed by the workers’ direct employers, that is, all companies, agencies and organizations that have hired personnel.

That is why we (the moderator and the speakers) invite to our joint brainstorm all Forum participants: in-house counsels working in both Russian and Russia-based international companies who will have to set up the IPC system in their respective places of work, as well as consultants, notaries and lawyers who are going to provide competent statutory interpretation of the new pension-saving legislation to the citizens.

The Forum participants and those who will attend our discussion at 3:30 PM on May 17, 2017 will have a unique opportunity to make a direct impact on the formation of a legal route for developing this system.

It would be profoundly and inexcusably wrong to assume that the topic of the new funded pension system is relevant only for the pensioners. The main part of the responsibility for forming the IPC system will be borne by employer organizations and their lawyers who will have to put this responsibility into practice.

Do you want to know what all organizations will have to do with respect to their workers already after January 1, 2018? Do you want to influence your future duties to the workers and make them rational and optimal? Then come to our collective BRAINSTORM!

Among the discussion speakers will be the immediate legal drafters of the IPC system: deputy heads of Russia’s Ministry of Finance, Central Bank and Pension Fund, together with the executive managers of private pension funds. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, secretary general of the International Social Security Association, will come from Geneva specifically to take part in this discussion.

Our brainstorm is going to discuss the following issues:

  • Can an employer by default sign up their employees for Individual Pension Capital system that will form their savings by making deductions from their wages;
  • Or maybe instead of such default sign-up, it will be better to use collective employment agreements and labour contracts between employers and employees;
  • Which workers will be included in Individual Pension Capital;
  • The fate of workers’ previous pension savings made through the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation;
  • Functions of employers as “agents” of employees in Individual Pension Capital system;
  • Functions of employers as “agents” of private pension funds in Individual Pension Capital (brainstorm participants will have a unique opportunity to discuss this question directly with private pension fund managers);
  • Who is a “pension administrator,” and how will employers engage with them within the framework of Individual Pension Capital;
  • Taxation of payments from workers’ earnings to form their individual pension capital;
  • Who (and how) is going to pay for employers’ administrative costs to establish Individual Pension Capital system?

You should definitely come; it will all be very interesting! See you at the brainstorm about the Individual Pension Capital, the new funded pension system for workers! This concerns all of us!

“Availability of enforcement proceedings is an important element of enforcement of the right to legal protection and an indicator of a legal system’s maturity”

Vladimir Gureev, head of the Department of Civil Procedure and Bailiff Service Organization at the All-Russian State University of Justice (RLA of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation), moderator of the panel discussion Information Technology in Enforcement Proceedings

Panel discussion titled Information Technology in Enforcement Proceedings will analyse the current state and development opportunities of information exchange technologies in a very sensitive sphere for society: enforcement of the regulations of jurisdictional bodies. As a federal body of executive authorities, Federal Bailiff Service of the Russian Federation is directly integrated in existing mechanisms of civil rights protection, which, in turn, necessitates its availability for the entire population.

Information technologies are to a certain extent multidimensional and oriented either on internal processes of a specific government body and optimization of its activities, including cooperation with other government bodies, or on the outside, on influencing specific citizens or organizations and ultimately forming a comfortable communication model between a person and the state overall.

Availability of enforcement proceedings, as well as timeliness and veracity of information received by the parties are important elements of eforcement of the right to legal protection, indicators of a legal system’s maturity and its “friendliness” towards the entire population.

In recent years, Federal Bailiff Service of the Russian Federation has made a leap forward in terms of quality of information support of enforcement proceedings. Considering the constantly increasing workload of the Service, which executes over 80 million enforcement proceedings annually, it is obviously necessary not only to switch to electronic document management, but to fully implement technologies of the so-called “electronic enforcement proceedings.”

Dynamic changes in information flows and structuring of information links in society are significant drivers of development of information technologies in enforcement proceedings. Traditional and decades-old communication channels between citizens and the state are not enough for modern people. Fast-paced social relations pose entirely new challenges for the state authorities. Information on the court’s administration of justice, as well as on enforcement proceedings, must be available to the citizens, since it is a sensitive sphere both for the debtor and the recoveror.

Moreover, the current amount of enforcement proceedings puts into consideration the economic aspect of fiscal spending efficiency. How reasonable is it to spend significant amounts of money on issuing an enormous number of procedural documents and mailing them to addressees when in the majority of cases all of it can be replaced by electronic communications? At the same time, let us not forget about availability of enforcement proceedings for those members of the public who are objectively limited in their use of modern information technologies.

I am certain that the panel discussion Information Technology in Enforcement Proceedings will be of interest to a very wide range of participants, including judges, lawyers, corporate legal officers, legal scholars, university professors, graduate students, civil servants, and everyone interested in the evolution trends of enforcement proceedings in Russia in the context and view of the leading foreign practices and constant emergence of new information technologies within the framework of jurisdictional regulation enforcement.

“Proposed new legal constructs of the Russian inheritance law aim to extend testator’s asset management capabilities”

Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for State Construction and Legislation, moderator of the panel discussion Modernization of Inheritance Law: Preserving the Estate and Executing Testator’s Will

Relevance of the topic is determined by the development of economic relations, increasing complication of estate composition in most cases of inheritance and increasing involvement of Russian citizens in business relations requiring special rules of asset management after the death of their owners.

According to Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the State Duma Committee for State Construction and Legislation, the proposed new legal constructs of the Russian inheritance law (joint will of spouses, contract of inheritance, inheritance funds) aim to extend testator’s asset management capabilities. Currently, such constructs in one form or another are present in legislation of many countries.

Joint will of spouses stipulates the procedure of transferring of rights to joint assets of spouses or separate assets of each of them in case of death, including simultaneous death of both spouses. Such will mitigates the risk of conflicts with surviving spouses, members of family or other persons, says Pavel Krasheninnikov.

Contract of inheritance may be signed between a testator and any possible legitimate heir. Such a contract stipulates the procedure of transferring the rights to the testator’s estate after their death to indicated persons or third parties. Contract of inheritance may place an obligation on contracting parties to perform certain actions of material or immaterial nature after the testator’s death, explains Pavel Krasheninnikov.

Inheritance funds allow managing the estate, executing the will of the fund’s establisher and preserving the assets after the establisher’s death, including during the so-called “lying” inheritance period. Inheritance fund management can also be an anti-offshore measure. Today many countries around the world allow establishing inheritance or trust funds and Russian entrepreneurs often have to transfer their business offshore to establish such a trust or a fund to resolve the issues of their assets management after their death, notes Pavel Krasheninnikov.

These novelties will eliminate a number of shortcomings of the current estate management system.

The topic might primarily be of interest to corporate lawyers, notaries and law school professors.

“The format of a discussion session turns the event into an open discussion platform where people can come up with ideas about future subsoil legislative development, which we will present to executive and legislative authorities of the Russian Federation.”

Viktor Nesterenko, president of LawTEK school, chairman of supervisory board of the Energy Law and Economics Foundation, moderator of the discussion session Subsoil Law – 25 Years of Development: Outcomes and Prospects

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Subsoil Law in our country. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency and LawTEK Group are the main organizers of the event dedicated to this law. The idea was supported by subsoil users, academic circles and expert community.

Subsoil Law appeared at the very beginning of the transition to market economy, at the time of different ideas and scenarios of development of the state and its resource industries.

The Subsoil Law and Regulation On the Procedure for Licensing the Exploitation of Subsoil Resources adopted in 1992 improved the regulatory licensing system of subsoil use and rectified the state subsoil use licensing system as a platform to manage the main resource pool of the Russian Federation without changing the fundamental principles that previously underpinned the system.

Russian Subsoil Law today is a primary piece of legislation regulating the relations in such areas as geologic survey, subsoil use and protection, exploration and production of natural assets and specific mineral resources, production waste management and related processing facilities.

Recently the Subsoil Law has undergone some significant positive changes. Currently the regulation in this sphere includes legal fundamentals of comprehensive rational subsoil use and protection, ensuring the protection of interests not just of subsoil users but of the state and its citizens.

The session is going to discuss history of evolution of the Russian mining legislation, outcomes of the changes made in recent years and areas of its further improvement in order to ensure effective government control of subsoil use. Head of Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency and Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service, main subsoil use regulators, leading researchers, experts and senior executives of operating companies will sum up the outcomes of 25 years’ development of the Subsoil Law.

The format of a discussion session turns this event into an open discussion platform where people can come up with ideas about future subsoil legislative development, which we will present to executive and legislative authorities of the Russian Federation.

The discussion session Subsoil Law – 25 Years of Development: Outcomes and Prospects will be relevant to managers and experts of mining and oil and gas companies, heads of subsoil use and GR departments as well as legal practitioners and subsoil use experts.

25-th anniversary of the law of the Russian Federation "on subsoil use"

The article examines the role of the Law of the Russian Federation N 2395-1 (adopted in 21.02.1992) ‘On subsoil issues’ in the sphere of implementation of subsoil use. In 2017 it will be 25 years since the adoption of one of the most important Russian laws, which is the basis of the regulatory framework of the modern Russian energy policy and regulates the right of ownership of the resources of the country.

By Grabovich Tatiana

Russia, as one of the world's largest participants of the international energy markets, plays an important role in shaping the global energy sector. Recent achievements of the Russian energy policy have become a reality due to well-prepared and proven legal framework. One of the key elements of this legal base  is the Law of the Russian Federation No. 2395-1 "On subsoil use".

Analyzing the situation in the global energy sector in recent years, it could be confidently said that modern energy sector is undergoing really serious  changes. The global economic crisis, previously occurred during the years of 2008-2010, had been accompanied by a  high volatility in hydrocarbon prices, which led to a noticeable slowdown of demand and a serious heightening of competition in the global and regional energy markets. Besides, new technologies for production of traditional energy resources and the emergence of the new exporters  within contemporary world order parameters have introduced significant amendments. All this in the form of legal and practical component has significantly influenced the saturation of energy markets with resources.

In this regard the protection of the national legal interests in the sphere of subsoil use, both at the national and international levels, has become extremely relevant issue for Russia.

What results have been achieved over the past 25 years since the adoption of the Law "On subsoil use":

  1. First of all, the government managed to protect and prevent the so-called "stealing" of subsoil and mineral resources, which had become the object of various manipulations of the joint criminal groups and illegal acquisition of ownership rights on them by the oligarchs during the 1990s;
  2. The Law of the Russian Federation "On subsoil use" has streamlined the right of ownership of natural resources in institutional and regulatory terms. Natural resources occupy a special place in the system of legal ownership relations both for the Russian Federation, and for individual countries. Natural resources have an objective significant impact on the increase in social welfare, enhancing economic indicators and obtaining the desired effect in some sectors of the national economy. Today the energy sector efficiency is closely related to the solution of environmental problems. The main task for mankind in the field of environmental management is to maintain biological and ecological diversity, strengthen the role of high technologies for the promotion and implementation of conservation and processing systems. Therefore, the empowerment of the actor of the energy market  with the right of mining, obtaining, exploitation of natural resources does not exempt him from responsibility and sets the demand to comply the established regulations of proper activities within the framework of national or international legal mechanisms;
  3. The Law of the Russian Federation "On subsoil use" has enabled Russia to streamline and effectively apply its application form  to expand Russia’s rights over the continental shelf of the Arctic. The international legal significance of the inclusion of Russia in the process of legal regulation of subsoil use on the continental shelf is marked with a stated commitment to the rule of law, clear requirements of the case principles of contemporary international law: the principle of sovereign equality of the states, the principle of reciprocity, the principle of non-interference, the principle of good faith, the principle of territorial integrity. The positive of the inclusion of Russia into the system of comprehensive cooperation within its legal indicators defines itself in the form of promoting the  implementation of the international obligations by all member-states of the world community  on the basis of the principle of good faith. That relates directly to the importance of the involvement of Russia in the process of legal regulation on the continental shelf: the position of the Russian Federation is marked in the format of providing energy, as well as environmental security of the states on the general basis, commonly implemented  within the parameters of the UN system.

The energy sector, being one of the main components of the modern Russian economy and the so-called "locomotive" of the Russian export, has become the instrument of influence for Russia, which allowed the country to regain its competitiveness and to defend Russian national interests as a key participant in the system of international relations in the new multipolar world. Positive law enforcement practice of the Russian Federation on the lines of maintaining the integrity of the system of international ecological security staged to promote universal legal safety of the States members of the world community. The positive of the Russian law policy in the sphere of improving the integrity of the international ecology security system  promotes the ensuring of the international  security of member-states of the international community. Thereby, it is possible to reasonably talk about the international legal significance of Russia's contribution to the process of ensuring the international law and order.

In conclusion, let us analyze further prospects of development of normative-legal base of Russia in the sphere of subsoil use. In our opinion, in the context of increasing global competition in the field of energy policy and the rise of the number of companies, operating in the global energy market, it seems appropriate to make amendments in the Law of the Russian Federation "On subsoil use" regarding the tightening of liability for violation of subsoil use licensing. In accordance with the article № 11 of the Law of the Russian Federation "On subsoil use" the licence allows the following activities: geological exploration, development of deposits, the disposal  of associated waters and waters that were used by the "developers" of the subsoil for the implementation of their production-technological needs, when working in the field of hydrocarbon production, in rock strata, the use of waste processing facilities, the establishment of the state-protected objects of cultural heritage with geological significance, the collection of paleontological and other geological collections. Violation of the rules of licensing should entail not only administrative responsibility for illegal business activities, but also criminal liability with aggravating circumstances because the country's resources are not the property of a single person or a certain group, they must be considered as a property  and wealth of the whole country.

“Compensation mechanism for infringement of exclusive rights set forth in Part 4 of the Russian Civil Code has traditionally caused numerous theoretical discussions”

Ludmila Novosiolova, chairwoman of the Intellectual Property Rights Court, moderator of the discussion session Fairness and Proportionality in Responsibility Enforcement Mechanism for Infringement of Exclusive Rights

Compensation mechanism for infringement of exclusive rights set forth in Part 4 of the Russian Civil Code has traditionally caused numerous theoretical discussions about the place of such compensation in civil liability system and reasoning for its application and estimation; law enforcement practice is also unclear. This mechanism was chosen by the law-makers primarily because of its high efficiency: responsibility enforcement has been made much easier and speedier, potential procedural risks have been lowered and legal risks for rights holder are negligible. Apparently they have ignored the predicted incidents when the applied sanction can prove to be excessive (i.e. greatly exceeding the amount of damages), presumably counting on the judicial discretion of the courts as a guarantee that disproportionate responsibility to infringement consequences would be rectified.

Previous version of the Civil Code established a court practice which did not allow the court to award a compensation that went beyond a compensation limit established by the law, also in case of a lower compensation than the minimum sum, even in case of a small offence.

The recent ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No 28-P of December 13, 2016 requests the legislator to take steps to change the provisions establishing the responsibility for violation of exclusive rights by expanding courts’ discretion in resolving the matters of lowering responsibility.

The round table is going to:

  • analyse the existing approaches to estimation of exclusive rights infringement compensation, primarily in case when one action violates several intellectual property rights or means of identification in order to find a common denominator and to harmonize fair regulation with constitutional principles of fairness and proportionality of responsibility to the committed offence;
  • discuss the international experience in damage payment awards and compensation for IP infringement, as well as the means of ensuring a balance of rights and legal interests of all civil transaction participants when estimating the consequences of IP infringement.

The discussion session will be relevant for all legal practitioners providing legal consulting and counselling services as well as for in-house lawyers. The concept of compensation affects a widest range of IP relations participants. The addressed issues will also be interesting in terms of relation between the Russian and international experience in the matters of fairness and proportionality of responsibility enforcement mechanism for infringement of exclusive rights.

“Overcoming the Environmental Crisis Today is a Strategic Task of the State”

Gulnara Ruchkina, head of Business Legal Regulation Department, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, moderator of the discussion session Present-Day Environmental Crisis: a Threat to Sustainable Development of Human Civilization

Homo sapiens, being the evolutionary pinnacle above all living beings on the planet Earth, must be responsible for its general condition and preservation of the environment. The picture of the present day with the title of Planet Earth and Humankind is not painted in rainbow colours. Quick-fix satisfaction of ever-increasing human needs leads to uncontrolled use and pollution of natural resources, dangerous emissions (50% of the cities in the world exceed the allowed air pollution levels), colossal volumes of production and consumer waste that keep growing every year (only in 2016 Russia did not recycle about 200 million tonnes of waste products with total accumulated waste volume exceeding 30 billion tonnes), disappearance of some flora and fauna life forms and many other disastrous consequences. The so-called environmental hotspots are also something that we cannot be proud of (in Russia, there are over 300 hotspots with accumulated environmental damage that cover the area inhabited by more than 17 million persons).

Overcoming the environmental crisis today is a strategic task of the state aimed at elimination of environmental threats’ possible impact on human health, at the same time ensuring rational and effective use of the country’s rich natural capital. Overcoming the current environmental crisis is possible, given the social activism of all citizens and consolidation of their efforts towards protecting the environment. 

In this regard, it is relevant to discuss the hot issues of legislative improvement to ensure environmental safety as a component of national safety, which underpins sustainable social and economic development of our country and decent level of living and health of its population.

The session is going to discuss new approaches to economic evaluation of various kinds of environmental damage and environmental services; review theory and practice of environmental management in natural resource use and in different economic sectors; learn from the experience of building environmental management systems.

The session is also planning to address environmental monitoring methods and their results and compare their efficiency. Main challenges arising from environmental monitoring planning and carrying out will be identified.

The issues of youth participation in environmental movements and events and matters of environmental awareness raising, education and culture forming will also be addressed.

The session will be relevant to public officials, legal practitioners, academics, young researchers and to all who are interested in maintaining sustainable development of human civilization.

«The uncertainty of rights in secured transactions has a negative impact on the scale of lending, the business climate and on the rate of economic growth in general»

Aleksey Yukhnin, Director for Development of Projects, Interfax Information Group, moderator of discussion session “Disclosure of Security Interests as a Tool to Protect Creditors’ Rights and Significance of Security Interest Registers in Insolvency Proceedings

Disputes regarding the rights to leased property, collateral and other security on loans often arise in business practice. Therefore, our session devoted to the problem of protecting the rights of secured creditors is relevant for most practicing corporate lawyers who represent banks and leasing companies.

This subject is also important in a global context. The uncertainty of rights in secured transactions has a negative impact on the scale of lending, the business climate and on the rate of economic growth in general.  It is no coincidence that observance of the rights of borrowers and creditors in secured transactions is factored into the World Bank’s Doing Business rating, and Russia still has some room to grow by this indicator. 

We have invited a world-class expert, Spyridon Bazinas of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to discuss this problem. He will talk about UNCITRAL’s unique experience in developing standards in this area and implementing them in various countries. These standards include the UNCITRAL Guide on the Implementation of a Security Rights Registry, which is recommended for consideration in the development and enforcement of laws on secured transactions. 

Russia has already made considerable progress in following these standards. The country has two security rights registries: Fedresurs (fedresurs.ru), a unified federal registry that, among other things, publishes notices about collateral and leasing; and the pledge registry of the Federal Notary Chamber. Should the obligation of disclosure in the registry be stipulated in legislation, or is it better to opt for defining the possibilities, rights and privileges of voluntary disclosure in the law? This is one of the topics for discussion at the session.

The problem of defining the rights to property in the event of the bankruptcy of the party that pledged it as security is particularly pressing. We have invited a leading expert on issues of insolvency, associate professor for the individual and corporate law at Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) and retired Supreme Arbitration Court judge Rustem Miftakhutdinov to discuss all manner of problems that arise in the event of a debtor’s bankruptcy. UNCITRAL recommendations are also of interest here. The standard mentioned above proposes that legislators provide for the possibility of searching by the identifier of a bankrupt party for all property that they pledged as security before or after the bankruptcy. We do not have such requirements in the law, but in April 2017 Fedresurs provided free access on its new website to the option of viewing all information about encumbrances on property in the card of a company or individual entrepreneur, including companies or individual entrepreneurs declared insolvent.

We invite you to take part in the discussion at our session.

“Business community and public authorities shall both benefit as an outcome of the Monitoring and Oversight Reform, aimed at lowering administrative burden for entrepreneurs and on the other hand increasing the efficiency of state inspections. However, to achieve that it is crucial to facilitate a dialogue between the state and the businesses.

Stanislav Puginsky, Partner, Head of Public Policy and Legislation Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, speaker of the discussion “Monitoring and Oversight Reform: Seeking the Balance of Convenience for the State and the Businesses”.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners invites you to take part in the discussion session “Monitoring and Oversight Reform: Seeking the Balance of Convenience for the State and the Businesses,” which will be held on 19 May 2017 from 11:30 to 13:30 in the Ceremony Hall.

The Russian Government pays special attention to the ongoing efforts to reform the supervisory activities of public bodies – this task has been put among the top priorities of Russia’s strategic development. The core purposes of the reform are: lowering the administrative burden for entrepreneurs and increasing the quality of the administration of the monitoring and oversight function. Undoubtedly, the outcome of this reform will have significant influence on the business climate in Russia – that is why it is crucial for all the companies working in Russia to keep up to speed with the Government.

The discussion attendees will get the unique possibility to obtain first-hand information on what is planned and what is being done. We will discuss the changes to the laws to be introduced, the reform timeframe, and, most importantly, - the action plan for businesses to follow and get ready to play the new rules.

Confirmed speakers include representatives of Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation, Russian Ministry for Economic Development, Russian Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Federal Environmental, Industrial, and Nuclear Service, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights. Moderator – Andrey Porfiriev, Co-Chairman of the Business against Corruption public center.

Please be advised that the discussion will be in Russian, with no simultaneous translation provided.

Participation is by invitation only. To get more information please address Elena Uspenskaya, tel. + 7 (812) 322 9681, email pr@epam.ru.

Stanislav Puginsky, Partner, Head of Public Policy and Legislation Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, speaker of the discussion “Monitoring and Oversight Reform: Seeking the Balance of Convenience for the State and the Businesses”.

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Legal Run 2017

Legal Run 2017 — a unique fundraising project that has been uniting the representatives of the global lawyers' professional community for charitable purposes. The project is dedicated to three events — day of the Russian legal profession (31 may), World No Tobacco Day (31 May) and the Children's Day (1 June) and is held under the auspices of Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation and St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.  Video about Legal Run 2016 in Saint-Petersburg is here

Date: 20 May 2017, 10.00

St. Petersburg, Kirov Central Park of Culture and Recreation

Distance: 5 km, 10 km

Registration: http://legal.run/en/place/sankt-peterburg-en/


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