The State Duma Prohibits to Request the Details Available from Authorities During Business Inspections


On October 23, 2015, the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly approved the second and third reading of the law which prohibited the regulator to request provision by inspected legal entities and sole proprietors of the documents available from government authorities.

The new federal law amends the law on protection of the rights of legal entities and sole proprietors during inspections held by the state and municipal regulators. The state and municipal regulators are granted the right to request and obtain during inspections all necessary documents free of charge from the authorities and local governments retaining these documents. The procedure for submission of documents and list of documents which might be submitted this way will be outlined by the Russian Government.

While considering the first reading of the document, Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, commented that the document had been prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia to introduce the procedure for the regulator similar to the one applicable to government services. "You might remember that is it prohibited to request individuals to present the documents and information available from other government authorities", the Deputy Minister reminded.

The new law will also put a ban on repeated information requests from a controlled person which might be available from government information systems and registers.

Moreover, the rights of inspected legal entities and sole proprietors were expanded. They will be able to study the documents received by the regulator and independently submit any required documents.

The law will take effect on July 01, 2016.