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Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) Laws Toolbox

B razil R ussia I ndia C hina Laws Toolbox Welcome to LexisNexis B.R.I.C.Laws toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the new emerging economic bloc composed of the nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the People’s Republic of China.) The BRIC nations...

Doing Business in Russia under the FCPA or Bribery Act

As reported by Andres Kramer in Tuesday's New York Times, in an article entitled, " Russia, Facing Big Budget Gap, Warms to Foreign Investors ", the Russian government is actively seeking foreign capital and foreign investors. The article mentioned that several state-owned enterprises...

Deciding Russian Law after Trial, Court Recognizes Corruption and Bribery in Russia as “Ordinary Course of Business and/or Customary Practice in Russia”

By Louis M. Solomon Creditanstalt Investment Bank AG, et al. v. Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, et al. , Case No. 01-CV-1677 (Denver Colo. District Court June 2011), is an example of international litigation in a U.S. court making its way through trial and decision. The decision should be read in...

Unpub. BIA MTR Victory: Russia, Homosexuality

Aaron C. Hall writes: "Our client first applied for asylum in 1992 based on persecution by the KGB in the former Soviet Union on account of his political opinion. His application was denied by the IJ and on appeal by the BIA and the Tenth Circuit. He then filed a Motion to Reopen with the BIA...

China and Russia Accused of Internet Spying on US Companies

US intelligence agencies just reported to Congress that China and Russia have national policies to steal technology from US companies over the Internet. The Congressional report was compiled by the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive which included this alarming information: Many...

Update on Agreement Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Visa Issuance

"Secretary of State Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov exchanged diplomatic notes during their November 19, 2011, meeting in Bali on the new agreement on visas announced on July 13, 2011. This exchange of notes advances the visa agreement one step closer to entry into force. Under...

Russia creates force to investigate police crimes

MOSCOW (AP) - The head of Russia's top investigation agency has announced the creation of a task force that will investigate crimes committed by police officers. The move follows a perennial public outcry over cases of killings, beatings, torture and Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

House panel passes bill on Russian human rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to penalize Russian human rights violators in a measure that could complicate efforts to normalize trade relations between the two countries. The legislation, approved by voice vote, imposes visa bans and freezes the assets of...

Putin signs law regulating Russian NGOs

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law a new measure that requires non-governmental groups receiving funding from abroad and engaging in political activity to register as foreign agents. Some NGOs have vowed to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Historic U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Enters Into Force September 9, 2012

"The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is pleased to announce that the historic U.S.-Russia visa agreement will enter into effect September 9, 2012. The agreement will facilitate travel and establish stronger ties between Russia and the United States, as it will benefit the largest segment of travelers...

Russia’s Ejection of USAID and the Protection of Human Rights

In the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, human rights NGOs interfere with his ongoing rule that paints a thin veneer of democracy over a regime that has never trusted the ballot box. Having risen to power as a KGB operative, it's not surprising that President Putin has been the driving...

Moscow rally held to remember reporter's murder

MOSCOW (AP) - Around 200 people held a rally Sunday in Moscow to mark the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of crusading reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Participants held up candles and pictures of the journalist and Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Department of State and Russian Authorities issue joint statement on Adoption Agreement's entry into force

Text of the Agreement FAQ: Bilateral Adoption Agreement with Russia "A joint Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services team traveled to Moscow September 26 – 28 to meet with Russian officials to discuss implementing procedures for the Agreement between the...

Russia charges opposition leader with riot plot

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian investigators on Friday filed charges against a left-wing activist, making him the most prominent opposition figure to face prison under an increasingly severe Kremlin crackdown against the anti-Putin protest movement. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Friday...

Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin - U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement

U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement The Department of State announced on October 16, 2012, that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children entered into force on November 1, 2012. This agreement should enhance the safeguards...

Russia expands treason law, critics fear crackdown

MOSCOW (AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor. The law took effect Wednesday, just two days after Full version...

UN criticizes Russia over torture allegations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and journalists. The panel of 10 independent experts expressed concern...

CA9 on Asylum, Russia, Persecution of Homosexuals: Doe v. Holder

"We grant the petition in this matter because we conclude that Doe met his burden of presenting evidence that the Russian government was unable or unwilling to control the nongovernmental actors who persecuted him because he is a homosexual. We also hold that in order to obtain the relief he requested...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Iran Nuclear Deal To Take Effect January 20, 2014

Deal provides Iran limited relief from sanctions By Stephen M. McNabb , Stefan Reisinger and Gwen S. Green On January 20, 2014, the Joint Plan of Action reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China) plus...

Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: An Analysis under the Principles of Jus ad Bellum

Introduction The Legality of the Use of Force under the UN Charter In the devastating aftermath of World War II, the international community came together to prohibit the use of force in international relations. The Charter of the United Nations ( Charter or CUN ) became the formal codification...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Commerce Announces Russian Oil Industry Export Controls

By Stephen M. McNabb , Stefan Reisinger , Kimberly Hope Caine and Gwen S. Green On August 1, 2014, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a final rule imposing a licensing requirement for the export of a wide range of items to Russia that are intended...

DLA Piper Legal Alert: Important Changes to Russian Data Protection Laws

By Michael Malloy and Pavel Arievich Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law amending the Law on Data Protection and Law on Information. The law requires all personal data operators – subject to few exceptions – to store and process any personal data of Russian individuals within...

Executive Order Blocks Visas re Ukraine, Crimea

Executive Order 13685 of December 19, 2014 Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International...

Russia's New Personal Data Localization Law Goes into Effect in September 2015

To the extent a company doing business in Russia has not yet done so, it should consider whether Russia's Personal Data Law and its data localization requirement apply to its business, and, if so, begin compliance planning promptly. On December 31, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed...

DLA Piper LLP: Russia’s Data Localization Requirement Will Take Effect Sept. 1

By Michael Malloy and Pavel Arievich Russia’s much publicized changes to its data protection rules come into force as of September 1, 2015. These changes are broadly, and vaguely, written and apply to almost anyone handling the personal data of Russian citizens, whether one is located in...