The results of the spring session of the state Duma: contractee, the dialogue with the US and Slutsk

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The longest in the history of the state Duma plenary session will end on July 27.

For seven months, the deputies adopted a number of controversial laws and began consideration of landmark projects, has intensified dialogue with American lawmakers and even had to deal with accusations of harassment in the address of one of their colleagues.

Informed the meeting of the Council of the Duma has told RIA Novosti that the state Duma of the seventh convocation «breaking records for the workload». «This is the maximum duration of the session for 25 years, the State Duma,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

The last plenary session of spring session the state Duma will take place on 27 July.

The appointment of the Prime Minister and head of the accounting chamber

The spring session of the state Duma of the seventh convocation took place at the time of the presidential elections in Russia. The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia has resigned after the accession of Vladimir Putin as President for a fourth term on may 7. The next day the state Duma approved the candidacy of Dmitry Medvedev proposed Putin as Prime Minister. Medvedev’s candidacy was supported by 374 MP voted against 56 members, no abstentions.

In addition, at the end of may the state Duma has appointed the former Minister of Finance Alexey Kudrin the Chairman of the accounts chamber of the Russian Federation. The offer to become a candidate for the post Kudrin received from the faction «United Russia». As told RIA Novosti the first Deputy head of the faction Andrei Isayev, a former Finance Minister with interest reacted to this proposal. Kudrin’s candidacy for the presidency of the chamber of accounts was introduced by deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation President. Putin supported it, and then the deputies approved Kudrin.

The law on counter-sanctions and punishment for the execution of sanctions

One of the most important laws adopted in the current session, concerns the response of the Russian Federation to the unfriendly actions of the United States and other foreign countries. The document, initiated by group of deputies led by the speaker of the lower house Vyacheslav Volodin, allows for the possibility of imposing counter-sanctions against the United States and other foreign States engaged in hostile actions against the Russian Federation, Russian physical and legal entities.

According to the law, the government by decision of the President of the Russian Federation is entitled to impose retaliatory measures, but they should not be applied to essential goods, if their analogues are not produced in Russia and other countries, as well as in respect of imported goods by citizens for personal use.

In may, the state Duma there was introduced another project relating to sanctions. It introduces criminal liability for complying with anti-Russian sanctions of the Russian Federation — fines of up to 500-600 thousand rubles, forced labor, restriction or deprivation of liberty for up to three to four years.

The draft passed its first reading in the state Duma, but later the deputies decided to postpone consideration of the initiative in the second reading for further consultations, as requested by the RSPP and representatives of banks. The speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has previously stated that the norm on criminal liability for the performance of Western sanctions from the draft could be deleted.

The resumption of dialogue with colleagues from USA

During the spring session deputies of the state Duma visited Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and other countries, at the same time, Okhotny Ryad visited many foreign legislators and the heads of foreign parliaments. Thus, the speaker of the state Duma Volodin held a meeting with the Vice-President of the Bundestag Thomas Oppermann, head of the upper house of Japan’s Parliament, Tuiti date, the Chairman of the National Assembly of Ecuador, Elisabeth Cabezas Guerrero.

In addition, in June hosted the first international forum «Development of parliamentarism», which was held at the initiative of the state Duma in Moscow in the VVC. It was attended by more than 500 lawmakers and experts from 96 countries. It is expected that the forum will become an annual event on the foreign policy agenda of the lower house of Parliament.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated was the meeting of the Russian deputies with American colleagues, held in July in the state Duma.

A group of us congressmen visited Russia from June 30 to July 5 and has held several official meetings with the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and both chambers of the Russian Parliament. This is the first visit of an American delegation of parliamentarians, especially as such a representative in Russia in 2013.

The head of the Duma Committee on Finance Anatoly Aksakov has informed journalists, members of the delegation of the United States Congress invited a delegation of the state Duma with a return visit. The state Duma is accepted the invitation.

Russian and American parliamentarians agreed to continue the dialogue, said earlier Volodin. According to him, the parties agreed on inter-parliamentary dialogue and will continue it at the invitation of American colleagues. Later, the speaker of the state Duma said that the visit of the Duma delegation to the USA, during which Russian deputies could act in both chambers of the American Parliament can be held in the fall.

The second meeting of the deputies and congressmen also took place in early July on the sidelines of the OSCE parliamentary Assembly in Berlin. Following the meeting, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that the dialogue between the parliamentarians of the Russian Federation and the United States resumed.

In the footsteps of the 2018 world Cup: the abolition of visas for FAN ID

Nearly two weeks after the completion of the world Cup in 2018 held in Russia, the state Duma adopted a law on visa-free entry to Russia before the end of this year for holders of a passport of fan (FAN ID), which got everyone who attended the matches of the 2018 world Cup.

The head of the Duma Committee on physical culture and sport Mikhail Degtyarev in conversation with journalists noted that the simplification of the procedure of entry to the Russian Federation to the families of the fans with the FAN ID not can be introduced as an amendment to the draft on the passport fan, but this issue may adjust the foreign Ministry.

Slutsky against journalists and the boycott of the media

One of the biggest scandals of the last session of the state Duma was associated with a Deputy from LDPR, the Chairman of the Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

In February Slutsky was accused of molesting producer of the TV company «Dozhd» Darya Zhuk and correspondent of Russian service bi-Bi-si Farid Rustamov. The girls made complaints to the Duma Commission on parliamentary ethics. Publicly against Slutsk and made the Deputy chief editor of the TV channel RTVI Ekaterina Kotrikadze, however, a complaint to the Duma Commission, the journalist has not sent. Slutsky called the accusations «slander» and noted that attempts to make it a «Russian Harvey Weinstein» like a cheap and shoddy provocation and are doomed to failure.

The ethics Commission has considered «business of Slutsk» and has not found any violations in behavior of the Deputy. The Commission also noted that the evidence of selectivity, focus and planned nature of the accusations against the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs.

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Sam Slutsky in June of this year, said that if necessary, ready to answer in court to accusations of harassment to journalists, and brought the girls an apology.

Raising the minimum wage to a living wage

In February the state Duma passed the third reading the presidential law on raising the minimum wage (SMIC) to the level of a living wage since may 1, 2018.

The law established the minimum wage in 11 of 163 thousand rubles a month, bringing it to the subsistence minimum of the working population. The document notes that implementation of its provisions will affect three million people, of which 1.6 million are employed in state and municipal institutions.

The results of the spring session of the state Duma: contractee, the dialogue with the US and Slutsk© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photosangelina adopted a law on expanding the list of rare zabolevanijami minimum wage to a living wage will help improve the lives of millions of working citizens, as stated previously, the first Deputy head of the faction «United Russia» Andrei Isayev. According to the parliamentarian, bringing the minimum wage to a living wage is a very important decision aimed at combating poverty and improving the lives of millions of working people, it is intended to reduce so-called «gray employment» and is an incentive to increase salaries of Russians.

According to the feasibility study of the project total cost to increase salaries of public sector employees in 2018 will amount to 39.3 billion rubles, including employees of Federal government agencies — 7.5 billion rubles, and employees of state institutions of RF subjects and municipal institutions to 31.8 billion rubles.

Earlier, Putin said that the minimum wage in Russia will be equal to the subsistence level since may 1, 2018. According to him, to raise the minimum wage to the subsistence level is planned from 1 January 2019, but his meeting with the head of the Federation of independent trade unions of Russia Mikhail Shmakov he suggested that to accelerate the adoption of this decision, moving it to may 1 — labor Day.

Changes in pension legislation

In July, the lower house of Parliament approved in first reading a government bill on changes in pension legislation. For the project voted 328 deputies, against — 104 the MP, no abstentions.

The state Duma on July 19 adopted in first reading a government bill on changes in pension legislation, he suggests raising the age of retirement to 65 years for men and 63 years for women. The changes will be phased in 2019. The house approved the basic provisions of the document, from now until September 24, it will collect amendments, which will then be a vote in the second and third readings and consideration in the Federation Council.

The results of the spring session of the state Duma: contractee, the dialogue with the US and Slutsk© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in photosangelina adopted the law on insurance of housing from emergency sitecymbalta explained that the proposed changes of pension to non-working pensioners it is planned to increase in 2019 on the average on 1 thousand rubles, and by 2024 it is expected to average retirement of about 20 thousand roubles a month, corresponding to growth of approximately 35% compared with the level in 2018.

President Vladimir Putin said that he does not like any of the proposed options for raising the retirement age, and the Russians «see no good» that will not be able to retire when planned. However, according to him, it is necessary to rely on economic evaluation and if nothing changes, the pension system in the future could burst. Strap the current retirement age was set back in 1956, when a pensioner had 3.7 V running, and the life expectancy was 67 years, he recalled. Now for every pensioner there are only two employees, and the average life expectancy rose to 73-74 years, explained the President.

No final decision yet, we should listen to all opinions, but does not assess those who have a PR on this topic, concluded Putin.

Economic decisions

The state Duma during its spring session adopted a number of laws of importance for citizens and for organizations. Among them, a law restricting the growth of the property tax of physical persons, according to which the annual increase in the amount of tax on the cadastral value may not exceed 10% per year.

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From 2019 from 18% to 20% increase in VAT, but retains all the existing benefits for citizens. In addition, by 2025, will continue to operate a zero rate of VAT for air travel to Crimea, Kaliningrad oblast, and now to the far East. This removes the restriction on the duration of the tariff of insurance contributions to mandatory pension insurance is 22%, i.e. to increase it, as previously planned, will not.

The system of insurance of deposits in banks will now apply not only to personal deposits and individual entrepreneurs, but also small enterprises, including microenterprises. The maximum size of micro-loans provided by microfinance institutions to legal entities and individual entrepreneurs increased from three to five million rubles. This will form a continuous line of their concessional financing.

Starting next year, will be a gradual deregulation of transfer pricing on domestic transactions and in this regard, 2023 will be eliminated the institution of consolidated groups of taxpayers. From 2019, is repealed and the tax on movable property of organizations, as repeatedly requested by the entrepreneurs.

On completion of the tax maneuver in the oil and gas industry, the export duty on oil will be reduced from the current 30% to 0% over six years, starting in 2019, while increasing during this period, the severance tax on oil. At the same time, in order to curb the growth of prices for gasoline and other petroleum products, the government of the Russian Federation have the right to raise export duties on them to 90% from the duty on oil until the end of 2018, up to 60% in 2019.

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