It’s December and it’s time to strike balance in tax innovations in 2015 in Russia. During the year we counted about 50 considerable changes in tax regulations that came into effect in 2015.

In this executive summary style article we’ll only touch upon regulatory changes that concern most businesses.

25 years ago, in spring 1990, British couple was preparing themselves for travel across the USSR. They were a part of agricultural research&consulting team invited by Russian parliament. They were pioneers - no one among their friends and colleagues could tell them anything about Russia. They called British Embassy in Moscow for advice. The person on the other end of the line seemed to be in a whirl and was very little help. He didn’t know much. In the end of the conversation he hastily said: «you do it at your own risk!» and hanged up. Russia was still all behind iron curtain that was only beginning to open.

Special thanks to Daniel Repko of Moscow FM who sent me the below link to the Moscow Times article on Jennifer Gaspar case (court ordered to deport her). The article sparked the following text.

Daniel mentioned Jennifer's case in our yesterday’s phone conversation and I said that, may be, appeal to the provisions of Article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, November 4th, 1950) would have helped her in her situation. The provisions are as follows:

(1) Why registrations are so big in Russia?

The registrations (informing the State of your movements) were around in Russia for at least 150 years (in fact more than that). For example, if you take Gogol's "Dead Souls" (first published in 1842) you'll read it in the first page of the book that the main character had himself registered upon arrival to the hotel (he dictated to a page-boy his name, title and purpose of the visit to the city). Gogol also wrote that the information was routinely intended for the local police department.

(inspired by Mark Twain and Russian Agency of Strategic Initiatives)

One of my favourite stories is «How I Edited An Agricultural Paper» by Mark Twain, a satirical novel on people who advocate things they know nothing about. The story is good for all ages and times. When you read «Turnips should never be pulled, it injures them. It is much better to send a boy up and let him shake the tree.» you, quite naturally, feel an urge to say «Shake your grandmother!...».

This text was sparked by our recent correspondence with Luc Jones.

There's a lot of talk from HR camp about employee involvement, entrepreneurial spirit and other nice empowering things companies like to tap.

This resembles to me talking of nuclear technology in its peaceful, civil guise while completely silencing its military origin and purpose.