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  • 10 Feb 2021 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance  with the governmental decree No. 258-p dated on February 6, 2021 (link in Russian) HQS employees and their family members may enter Russia multiple times based on the approved lists.

    What are the changes?

    HQS employees and family members (spouses, children, parents, adoptees and adopters) are eligible to multiple entry to Russia if they are included in the lists, which have been sent to the MIA of Russia and the Federal security service of Russia by the federal executive body responsible for the area of the employer company’s activities. Before that single entry was the only available option as per the original decree.

    According to the information from Association of European Businesses, the amendment should apply both to new HQS and their family members, and to those who have previously received permission to enter according to the Federal security service lists. The wording of the amendment is in line with this interpretation from a legal point of view. A potential risk may arise from the technical processing of requests by the border control, since it is not known for certain whether the information on all previously issued entry permits is actually stored in the border control database.

    Who is affected?

    HQS employees, their family members and employer companies.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 09 Feb 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the MFA of Russia has approved a new list of the purposes of entry, which is used by state authorities when issuing letters of invitation and visas to foreign nationals.

    The list took effect on 8 February 2021.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation of 21.12.2020 N 23235 "On Approval of the List of Travel Purposes Used for Issuing and Issuing Visas to Foreign Citizens".

    What are the changes?

    1. The newly approved list of available purposes of entry has some differences from the old list. Please find the most important differences below:

    • The "Work for hire" purpose of entry has been renamed to "Work activities";
    • The "Technical services" purpose of entry has been renamed to "Installation works" and the category of the relevant visa has been changed from "Business" to "Work".

    NB! Please note that as per general rule, all work visas are issued as single entry visas for 90 days with possibility of in-country extension (with exception to HQS employees and their family members who are eligible to multiple visas valid for 3 years).

    • The "Commercial" and "Aim tourism" purposes of entry are not included in the new list. A regular business visa should be requested for any type of business activities in Russia;
    • The "Private" purpose of entry has been renamed to "Guest";
    • Work visas with "accompanying family member" purpose of entry may be issued only to HQS dependents as well as dependents of foreign mass media workers.

    NB! The new list does not provide for issue of dependent visas to family members of employees who work based on regular (non-HQS) work permits.

    2. According to the information that we have received from the migration authority, filing of work visa invitation applications in the Moscow migration department (Pokrovka Street 42) has been temporarily suspended due to technical reasons and in connection with the above changes.

    3. Currently, we are receiving reports that some of the Russian consulates abroad suspend filing of applications for work visas and technical services visas. The officials of the consulates and relevant visa centres refer only to receiving some internal instructions to suspend filing of the relevant applications.

    Intermark comment

    We would like to alert our clients to the possibility of temporary suspension of filing applications and the resulting delays in the processing of work LOIs in the migration departments in Russia and processing of work visas in Russian consulates abroad. In some cases, at the decision of a competent authority, the necessity to re-apply or obtain a new LOI instead of a previously issued one may arise.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals from visa countries and their inviting parties.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 08 Feb 2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Moscow, February 2021 – Dentons has jumped eight spots to number three in the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index 2021.

    In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis, and on the heels of Dentons' extraordinary growth in 2020 where Dentons announced 33 new locations around the world, Acritas has named Dentons in the Acritas Global Brand Elite Index 2021:

    1.    The second best known law firm; and

    2.    The third most favored law firm.

    Dentons is the biggest riser ever in the Acritas index, and the biggest riser in 2021. In less than ten years since its inception, Dentons has established its leading global brand through the value that it delivers to clients across the world. That value is the result of Dentons' unstinting focus on quality, inclusion, breadth and depth of capability to bring together the best teams, and a polycentric approach which combines local knowledge and relationships with a global outlook.

    "We are extremely proud of this recognition and vote of confidence from senior legal buyers around the globe," said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. "As the youngest of the global firms, competing with some who have been around for decades or centuries, we see improving our global brand as first among our goals not because it is the most important goal, but because the strength of our brand is a result of the strength of our people, of our commitment to diversity and to our continued effort to provide the best service for our clients."

    "In this New Dynamic Decade, our clients are confronted with constant, accelerated change and want counsel that has the demonstrated experience and confidence to help them thrive in the unknown,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. "Dentons’ standing in the Acritas rankings, based on client feedback, demonstrates that our continued commitment to our strategy and our clients’ success, as well as our confidence in our people and our ability to adapt in the rapidly changing New Dynamic Decade separates Dentons from the pack."

    Acritas, part of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s leading provider of global legal market intelligence. Its results were informed by insights from 1,565 senior legal buyers, representing 55 countries, to measure the firms that are most top of mind and most favored by corporate clients with more than US$1B in global revenues, as well as most considered for multi-jurisdictional deals and litigation.

    About Dentons

    Dentons is the world's largest law firm*, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

    * The American Lawyer 2020 – Global 200 law firm ranking by number of lawyers.

  • 15 Jan 2021 5:52 PM | Vera Dedyulya (Administrator)

    The World Bank forecasts GDP growth for Uzbekistan at 4.3% in 2021 and 4.5% in 2022, according to the Global Economic Prospects released in January 2021.

    The regional economy is forecast to expand only moderately in 2021, to 3.3%, as the resurgence of COVID-19 cases causes persistent disruptions to activity. The outlook is predicated on the distribution of an effective vaccine in early in 2021 in advanced economies and major emerging market and developing economies, including Russia, and later in the year for other countries. It also assumes that geopolitical tensions do not re-escalate in the region.

    In Central Asia, growth is expected to recover to 3% this year, supported by a modest rise in commodity prices and foreign direct investment as the subregion deepens its integration with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

    The GDP growth for Kazakhstan is forecast at 4% in 2021, at 3.8% for Kyrgyzstan, 3.5% for Tajikistan.

  • 11 Jan 2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance with the governmental decree No. 3675-p dated 30 December 2020 family members of HQS employees may enter Russia based on the approved lists.

    What are the changes?

    1. Family members of HQS employees (spouses, children, parents, adoptees and adopters) are allowed to enter Russia if they are included in the lists, which have been sent to the MIA of Russia and the FSS of Russia by the federal executive body responsible for the area of employer company’s activities. Previously only HQS employees themselves were eligible to enter based on this condition while the entry of dependents was allowed only based on individual approvals from the Russian government.

    NB! Though the legislation also acknowledges spouses of employee’s children, spouses of parents, grandparents and grandchildren as HQS dependents, such family members are not eligible to enter based on the approved lists.

    For the purpose of getting an entry approval for HQS family members, the employer company must submit a relevant petition to the responsible Russian ministry (same way as for the principal employee).

    2. Presenting a valid labour agreement at the border control is no longer mandatory for HQS or their family members.

    Who is affected?

    HQS employees, their family members and employer companies.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 30 Dec 2020 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    Please be informed that based on the decision of the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection the term of suspension of flights between Russia and UK has been extended until January 12, 2021.

    In addition, this is to remind you that all persons arriving in Russia from the UK are subject to 14-day self-isolation requirement.

  • 22 Dec 2020 5:15 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance with the information published on the website of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), highly qualified specialists and their family members who previously entered the Russian Federation are given the opportunity to travel outside the Russian Federation for Christmas and New Year holidays and return back until January 10, 2021.

    Please see the original message here: link in Russian.

    According to the message, the restrictions provided for by paragraph 1 of the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated March 16, 2020 No. 635-r will not apply to the above categories of foreigners.

    What is the message about?

    • Permits for exit and subsequent entry apply only to HQS and their family members who are already on the territory of the Russian Federation based on their multiple work visas.
    • It is necessary to return to the territory of the Russian Federation before January 10, 2021. At the same time, the text of the message does not indicate whether the opportunity applies to January 10 inclusive or not.
    • Return is possible exclusively by air.
    • It is mandatory to have a medical document (in Russian or English) confirming a negative test result for COVID-19 by PCR, obtained no earlier than 3 days before the date of return to the Russian Federation.

    Intermark comments

    To include HQS employees employed in the field of sports and their family members in the approved lists the employer needs to submit a request to the Ministry of Sports.

    Currently the information presented in the message on the Rospotrebnadzor website has not been confirmed by any published document or decree. At the same time, we have no information that the corresponding decree is being prepared for publication. In practice, government orders may be issued later than the actual date of their signing, which in the current situation significantly increases the uncertainty in terms of the practical application of the possibilities described in the message.

    Additionally, questions arise due to an error in the text of the message (January 10, 2020 instead of 2021), the possibility of ambiguous interpretation (entry before January 10 inclusive or not?), and also due to the lack of details regarding the procedure for entry of citizens (except the presence of a PCR test).

    In the event that HQS workers decide to leave the Russian Federation in order to return later, relying on this message from Rospotrebnadzor, we recommend that they, upon their return, have a document confirming their status – an HQS work permit.

    We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that the rule on the need for 14 days of self-isolation after entry is still in force for foreigners entering the Russian Federation with the “work” purpose. Thus, workers returning from New Year's holidays will have to comply with quarantine upon their return.

    Intermark will be closely monitoring the development of events around this message from Rospotrebnadzor. We will inform you in case of additional details or clarifications.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 18 Dec 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members,

    We would ike to inform you that CERBA’s long-standing strategic Partner – the Roscongress Foundation has an English-language Telegram channel for its international audience – Roscongress Direct ( The channel is the fastest and most reliable source of information concerning news of Russia and regional economy, and the latest analytics. You are most welcome to join the community and invite your colleagues, friends, and all those with an interest in news concerning Russian society and the economy.

  • 08 Dec 2020 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Ahab Abdel-Aziz, global director of Gowling WLG’s Nuclear Industry Sector Group, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), effective November 26, 2020.

    The newly elected OCNI directors for 2020-21 were approved by the members at the OCNI Annual General Meeting. The chair and officers were elected during the meeting of the board of directors that followed on the same day.

    OCNI is the Canadian nuclear supply chain industry association, comprising nearly 250 companies active in the nuclear industry. OCNI promotes the nuclear industry in Canada via both enhancing opportunities in domestic and global markets, as well as maintaining strategic alignment with customers and government.

    "I am honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to serve our industry during these challenging times, alongside my fellow board members, and the dedicated executive and staff of OCNI. I am confident that OCNI will continue to bring valuable strategic leadership and support for the nuclear supply chain and its customers, and will help members participate in the economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Abdel-Aziz.

    Gowling WLG is at the forefront of the nuclear industry's revitalization, advising on sophisticated new build projects and decommissioning programs around the world. Our global team of experienced legal professionals delivers hands-on legal and strategic guidance in all aspects of nuclear power operations at every stage – from project development and financing to regulatory affairs.

    You can read an original version here.

    Contact information:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    T +7 495 775 4863

  • 02 Dec 2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    On November 10, 2020, CERBA was happy to partner with one of the major business associations in Russia, Delovaya Rossia, in the organization of the webinar "Development of trade, economic and business cooperation with the North America". The event was attended by the representatives of the Russian and international business communities and development institutions, and was devoted to the analysis of the pandemic impact on trade and economic cooperation between the North America and Russia, assessment of changes in sales chains and identification of promising spheres for cooperation. The goal of the event was also to provide practical recommendations to Russian entrepreneurs interested in developing cooperation with the US and Canada.

    Speakers included Nonna Kagramanyan, Vice President, Delovaya Rossia, Natalia Schneider, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham), Daniel Russell, President and CEO, U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), Nathan Hunt, Founder and Chairman of the Moscow Board of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), and Alexey Murzenok, Director for International Partnership Programs of the Russian Export Center. The panel also featured representatives of several companies involved in bilateral business activities.  

    The event confirmed strong interest from the Russian business community toward exploring North American, and particularly Canadian market, and establishing business cooperation with their North American counterparts. Following Mr. Hunt’s presentation at the event, CERBA Moscow office received a very positive feedback and numerous requests for additional information from event attendees representing various sectors, such as IT, mining, construction, agriculture, which we were happy to accommodate. CERBA expresses gratitude to its long-standing partner Delovaya Rossia for taking the lead on organizing such a productive meeting, and remains committed to support any future initiatives aimed for facilitation and improvement of the business cooperation between Russia and Canada.