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LinkedIn is blocked in Russia for violation of the data protection requirements

Russian courts ruled to block access to LinkedIn in Russia due to non-compliance with the requirements for  personal data localization and data protection. The courts declined LinkedIn's arguments that it had no legal presence in Russia and was not properly informed about the claim. This is the first case when a foreign web-service was blocked for non-compliance with the personal data localization / data protection requirements.


The powers of the court of cassation: assessment of the law, lack of evidence

Can a court of cassation facilitate the implementation of procedural law (for example, the right to present evidence, objections to the opponent’s arguments, etc.) by means of sending a case for a new trial in the lower court? An answer to this question was obtained after reviewing the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on case No. A76-2453/2015.


Eligibility Criteria: new rules for network organizations

On 14.10.2016, the Government Decree No. 989, dated 30.09.2016, “On amendments to some acts of the Russian Federation on the functioning of territorial grid companies” came into force, amending market regulation rules for the provision of electric power transmission services by territorial network organizations


Unilateral refusal of a customer to fulfil an electric energy supply contract

Ruling of the Supreme Court dated 25.08.2016, No. 310-ES16-1135 in case number A68-5615/2014


Review of legislative changes in the energy sphere in October 2016

In October 2016, the focus of changes to normative regulations in the energy sector was directed on the specifics of activities of network organizations. In particular, they tightened the criteria for classifying owners of transmission facilities as network organizations, corrected was the procedure of technological connections to electric networks, in order to strengthen accountability for delays in the implementation of technological connection measures, and adjusted was the procedure for calculating the amount of electric energy losses during transmission through electric grids of territorial grid organizations. In addition, revised were the standards for assigning the status of a guaranteeing supplier to an organization, the definition and (or) change in the boundaries of the zones of activity of guaranteeing suppliers.


Russian pharmaceutical market today and tomorrow – legal overview

The Russian pharmaceutical market is one of the fastest growing in the world, and it has always been attractive for foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers. However, a policy on import substitution, defined in the State Program "Development of Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry for 2013-2020," resulted in elaboration of several restrictive initiatives. At the same time, certain new regulatory instruments were introduced to create additional incentives for localization and investments. Therefore, the key purpose of this overview is to describe the main regulatory trends, associated legal risks and opportunities for pharmaceutical manufacturers in 2016-2017 in Russia.


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