For the purpose of verifying a business standing of a possible Russian business partner the foreign companies may use the following free and affordable sources of the information (predominantly in Russian).
The database of all legal entities and individual businessmen registered at the territory of the Russian Federation and included in the Federal Registers is submitted by the Federal Tax Service. The database can be accessed without registration at http://egrul.nalog.ru.
The maintenance and updating of the database comprising the consolidated statistical information together with the data on the particular Russian entities (charged service) is provided by the FGUP ‘The Prime Interregional Centre of Information Processing and Dissemination’ of the Federal State Service for Statistics (GMC of the ROSSTAT). The access to the data is accomplished by free registration at the multifunctional statistical Internet portal “MultiStat” (www.multistat.ru).
At present the Russian Federal Financial Markets Service, responsible for the equity markets regulation (http://www.fcsm.ru/ru/contributors/financialmarket/emitters/inf_open/), assigned the following information agencies for the public disclosure of the information related to the equity markets:
ZAO “AK&M” (www.disclosure.ru),
ANO “AZIPI” (www.e-disclosure.azipi.ru),
ZAO “Interfax” (www.e-disclosure.ru),
ZAO “Prime-TASS” (www.e-disclosure.prime-tass.ru),
ZAO “SKRIN” (www.e-disclosure.skrin.ru).
Meantime the daily quotations reports as well as the information about the ex-pit transactions of the Russian listed companies one can also trace at the websites of Reuters (http://ru.reuters.com) and RTS Stock Exchange (www.rts.ru).
The Federal Insurance Service (ROSSTRAKHNADZOR) as a governmental body for the supervision and control in the field of insurance business provides the information on the basic indicators of the activities of the national insurance and underwriting business (www.fssn.ru).
Bank of Russia is supervising of the national banking institutions. The information on the basic indicators of the national credit banks is placed at the official site of the Bank of Russia (www.cbr.ru).
The limited number of the Russian companies is included in the Register of Reliable Partners of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (www.reestrtpprf.ru).
The information subject to publication in compliance with The Federal Law of 26th October, 2002 № 127-FZ «About insolvency (bankruptcy) is included in the United Federal Register of Bankruptcy Data (www.fedresurs.ru), which activity is carried out by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation. The information on implementation of supervision, external administration, acknowledgement of debtor to be bankrupt and announcements of opening tender offers is available on this site.
Besides the rating agency “Expert PA” is carrying out the surveys of the commodity markets. At the site of the agency one can find the information on the activities of the lending, insurance and leasing companies.
The business information on the Russian companies is available at the resources of the Interfax Agency – http://spark.interfax.ru (for free as a guest, as a registered user – by subscription; English version is available) and at www.finmarket.ru.
Interfax-D&B- www.dnb.ru – joint venture set up in 2008 by the Interfax Group and Dun & Bradstreet to operate in Russia and the CIS countries, provides access to the global business database and provides analytical services for credit risks assessment, meeting the highest international standards.
Finally, a full database of small & medium enterprises operating in Moscow is available at www.dmpmos.ru.