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23
May
2014
RUSSIA MAY BAN SMOKING IN CARS CARRYING CHILDREN
The new Basic Guarantees of the Rights of the Child Amendments Bill has been introduced to the Russian Parliament proposing the ban on smoking in vehicles where children are present. Breaching the new provision will cost offenders from RUR 3,000 up to RUR 5,000 (the equivalent of USD 1,000 – 1,700). This is another important part of the government scheme to improve children’s health and
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16
May
2014
UK Court Declines to Recognise Divorce Granted by the Russian Consulate in London
A very interesting recent judgement by the Royal Court of Justice (UK). Munby J declined to recognise the validity of divorce of the Solovyovs spouses granted by the Russian Consulate in London. The marriage was registered in Russia in 2002 and terminated in London in April 2012. The divorce was granted in accordance with the Family Code of Russia and other relevant Russian law by the Russia Consu
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9
May
2014
Amendments to Russian Law Following Accession to the Hague Convention
Amendments have been made to the Civil Procedure Code, the Family Code of Russia, the federal laws On Bailiffs and On Enforcement, and the Law On Private Detective and Security Activities. The amendments are aimed at the practical implementation of the Convention Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, signed at the Hague on October 25, 1980, which came into force for Russia on 1 Octo
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8
May
2014
Russia Expands Adoption Ban to Countries where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree banning the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples, as well as by unmarried citizens of countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The decree was published on the government web portal and came into force on 12 February 2014. The document reads that adoption is allowed to adults of either sex with two exceptions: marrie
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8
May
2014
Amendments to the Family Code of Russia
The head of the lower house committee for family issues has described a new set of legislative amendments protecting the values shared by basic religions, and inspiring young people to choose marriage over cohabitation. MP Yelena Mizulina of the center-left Fair Russia party said that she opposed the complete rewriting of family laws, but urged changes in the existing ones so that a new Family
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