CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP provides pro bono legal advice to the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK.

CISlondonCIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP provides pro bono legal advice to the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK.

CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP is headquartered in London advising corporate and private clients on all key aspects of Russian law. The team of Russian lawyers specialises in M&A deals, joint ventures and other cross-border transactions with a Russian element. The Legal 500 has recognised CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP as a Tier 1 Foreign Law Firm in London for Russia.

Svetlana London – Managing Partner of CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP:
Our company provides pro bono support to the Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the UK and would be happy to provide a discount for legal advice on Russian law for UK businesses refereed through the Trade Delegation.

For more information please visit CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP website.

List of agricultural and food products prohibited for importation into Russia

On August 7, 2014 the Russian Government issued its Resolution in execution of Russian President’s Decree No. 560 of August 6, 2014, establishing the list of agricultural and food products prohibited for importation into Russia, if the jurisdiction of origin of which is the EU, US, Canada, Australia or Norway (i.e. those that have imposed Ukraine-related economic sanctions against Russian citizens and companies). The Resolution comes into force starting from the date of its official publication (the date is still unknown, but should likely follow soon) and will be effective for one year.
Please see the list below of banned products and their HS codes:

HS Code Product’s name*,***
0201 meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled;
0202 meat of bovine animals, frozen
0203 meat of swine, fresh, chilled of frozen;
0207 meat and edible offal of the poultry mentioned in heading 0105, fresh, chilled or frozen;
from 0210** meat (salted, in brine, dried or smoked)
0301, 0302, 0303, 0304, 0305, 0306, 0307, 0308 fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates;
0401, 0402, 0403, 0404, 0405, 0406 milk and dairy produce;
0701, 0702 00 000, 0703, 0704, 0705, 0706, 0707 00, 0708, 0709, 0710, 0711, 0712, 0713, 0714 edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers;
0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0807, 0808, 0809, 0810, 0811, 0813 fruit and nuts;
1601 00 sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products;
1901 90 110 0,
1901 90 910 0,
Prepared foodstuffs, including cheese and curb based on vegetable oil;
2106 90 920 0,
2106 90 980 4,
2106 90 980 5,
2106 90 980 9
Foodstuffs (containing milk, based on vegetable oils).

* – for the purposes of this list please refer to the Customs Classification (HS) Codes of the Customs Union only, the verbal names of the products are given merely for convenience;
** – for the purposes of this position please refer to the Customs Classification (HS) Codes of the Customs Union as well as to the product’s name;
*** – except baby food

Verifying the business standing of the Russian Companies

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

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” (

The following information agencies are assigned for the public disclosure of the information related to the equity markets:

ZAO “AK&M” (,


ZAO “Interfax” (,

ZAO “Prime-TASS” (,


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 ( and RTS Stock Exchange (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (, 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 – (for free as a guest, as a registered user – by subscription; English version is available) and at

Interfax-D&B- – 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

How to check a background on the Russian company.

Q: I am looking to do some business with a company in Russia and I would like to know how I can do a background check on the company. In England we can use services from Companies House etc, can you advise how I can check on Russian companies please.

A: Information from the United Register of Legal Entities about Russian legal entities (regarding state registration, any changes of their foundation documents, licenses, etc.) can be found at the official Internet site of the registration authority by placing name of the legal entity or its State Register Number (ОГРН) or Tax Registration number (ИНН) into the appropriate field of the form.
More detailed information about Russian legal entities is available only on the territory of the Russian Federation on a paid basis after a direct application made by your company.
Besides, background checks on the Russian legal entities and individual businessmen are performed by a number of private companies in Russia on a paid basis.
We could also offer you to provide us the name and registration details of the Russian company so that we can see if we would be able to find any background on it.

Advice on the Rostekhnadzor certification for selling our products in to Russia.

Q: I am looking for some advice on the Rostekhnadzor certification for selling our products in to Russia. We manufacture Diesel & Natural Gas generating sets for power needs. Do we need to obtain the certificate or is the end user in Russia who needs approval? From my understanding, it is a permit for the use of the equipment. Is this correct? We have some enquiries from Russia, and some have mentioned the approval. If we do require this, please advise how we go about obtaining the certificate and the costs for the same.

A: In accordance with article 29 of Federal Law no. 184-fz of 27 December, 2002 “On Technical Regulation” for import of some kinds of products (goods) to Russia, importer is obliged to present to the customs authorities together with the customs declaration the compliance certificate, the declaration of compliance or documents of their recognition in accordance with Article 30 of this Federal Law.
More then ten lists of such goods have been already approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.
If the codes of imported goods comply with the codes of goods from these lists, importer should present to the customs authorities the declaration of compliance or another document, certifying that the goods released for circulation comply with the requirements of technical regulations.
For example, several codes of diesel engines and diesel generators are mentioned in the List of machines and equipment requiring obligatory confirmation of compliance when placed under customs regimes permitting alienation or use for their designated purposes on the customs territory of the Russian Federation (endorsed by Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 92 of 26 February, 2010).
Information about certification and customs import procedures is available at the websites: and
Based on the above, we would advise to involve a professional broker having experience in working with the Russian customs legislation, who will be able, based on technical specifications of the imported items, to determine their product codes and prepare the necessary documentation in accordance with the Russian customs law. The list of such brokers for each country of the
Customs Union is available at the Union’s website:
We also attach an extract from the Federal Law “On Technical Regulation” (in English) which contains provisions mentioned above and the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation no. 92 of 26 February, 2010.

Download Federal law on technical regulation no.184-fz of 27-12- 2002

General requirements to visa documents

To meet the increasing demand, while maintaining high standards of service, the Embassy of the Russian Federation has outsourced its Visa Application Processing to M/S VF Services (UK) Ltd.

This service is available to all nationals residing in the UK who wish to apply for a Russian visa. All applications may be submitted without a prior appointment. This new procedure will not only avoid queuing and waiting lists but will also focus on delivering the visas within a very short time.

Russian Visa Application Center in London

Russian Visa Application Center in Edinburgh

Holders of foreign diplomatic and service passports intending to visit Russia on an official business will continue to apply in person at the Embassy.
For further details on the documents to provide, please consult the following website and follow the instructions corresponding with the purpose of your visit:

Important Notice: VF Services (UK) Limited will be responsible only for accepting and processing applications. All applications will continue to be assessed by the Embassy of the Russian Federation, London. Timelines and turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authority.

More information about visa can be obtained on the site of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in United Kingdom/Consular department.

Doing Business in Russia.

This is the 2nd edition of the Maxima Consulting & Law guide to the principal legal aspects of conducting business in Russia. The handbook offers a brief overview of key elements of the Russian legal regulation covering corporations, tax, customs, immigration, contracts, real estate & construction, public regulation, WTO, insolvency, intellectual property, protection of competition and dispute resolution. The book is recommended to foreign businessmen working or planning to develop their business in Russia as well as lawyers and anybody who would like to know more about the Russian legal system and relevant requirements for doing business in Russia.
All information presented in the handbook has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the last amendments to the Russian legislation (up to the 01 May, 2012) as well as the most actual draft amendments, acts and trendlines in different areas of Russian law.

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Import (export, transit) of domestic animals in Russia

Import of domestic animals requirements in Russia are determined by the “Common Veterinary (Veterinary-sanitary) Requirements for goods subject to veterinary control (supervision)”, approved by the Customs Union Commission decision on June 18, 2010 (N 317).
According to Chapter 15 of the Common Veterinary Requirements, the importation is permitted for clinically healthy fur-bearing animals, rabbits, dogs and cats from the areas free of the following contagious animal diseases:

  • For all kinds of animals:
    • Viral encephalomyelitis of all types, Trypanosomiasis – in the last 12 months in the country or administrative territory;
    • Anthrax – during the last 20 days at the farm.
  • For the foxes, dogs and cats:
    • Aujeszky’s disease, Tularemia, Dermatophytosis (Trihofitii, Microsporia) – in the last 12 months within the administrative area or at the farm;
    • Rabies, Tuberculosis – in the past 6 months within the administrative area or at the farm;

Not later than 14 days prior to the animals shipment, they are to be vaccinated if they have not been vaccinated within the previous 12 months:

  • Dogs – for Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Viral Enteritis, Parvo- and Adenovirus infections, Leptospirosis;
  • Cats – for Rabies and Feline Panleukopenia;

For the importation of domestic animals (not more than 2 heads) belong to individuals, import permission is not required if they are accompanied with an International Animal Passport with the mark of the clinical examination fulfilled by the authorized clinic within 5 days prior to the shipment. It is equal to the veterinary certificate.

More information is available here

Please note that the airline (carrier) could have specific requirements, for example:

  • 1.If the animal is transported in a bag-cage, the cage should provide the animal the ability to rotate in 360 degrees.
  • 2.Only one dog per cabin is allowed.

These requirements need to be clarified directly from the carrier.