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Russia's VAT rate hike bill passed in second reading

Russia’s State Duma passed the bill on raising value-added tax (VAT) to 20% from 18%, starting from 2019, in the second reading today.  The insurance contributions are currently paid in full at a rate of 30% for an …

Russia's pension reform to be adopted in first reading

Accounts Chamber of Russia has found several shortcomings in the government’s bill on raising the retirement age, while having no conceptual remarks to the document, according to the letter to the Chairman of the Duma Committee on …

Volodin: we open to dialogue with US lawmakers

Russia’s State Duma is open to dialogue with US legislators, but currently the inter-parliamentary contacts between the two countries have been reduced almost to zero, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said at a meeting …

US starts secret talks with Russia

The US delegation asked to hold a closed-door meeting with the Russian State Duma deputies today. The lower house of the parliament said that the US side asked them to allow only an official photo session at the meeting. …

Volodin to receive US senators tomorrow

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin will receive the US congressional delegation, which is currently on a visit to Russia, on July 3, First Deputy Speaker Alexander Zhukov said. "The …