“The COVID-19 crisis and the constitutional amendment vote to extend the presidential rule are two major political events on the table in Russia,” says Ella Omelchenko, Counsel at Clifford Chance in Moscow.
After an initial wave of euphoria at the prospect of seeing autonomous vehicles (AVs) on our streets and the associated opportunities and new business models that AVs could create, there is now more realism as to what will actually be possible in the short term. One of the main reasons for this shift is the immensely high cost of making self-driving technology ready for the market and for mass production. There are also no internationally recognised, uniform rules or regulations currently governing the circumstances for using AVs on public streets. This adds further complexity to their development and roll out. So while self-driving technology promises a range of benefits for business and society as a whole, significant challenges remain to be overcome on the road to mass adoption. At the very least, legislators need to make sure that the existing regulatory framework does not act as a barrier to technological development in this area.
The COVID-19 lockdown will not last forever. Some of the Russian regions have already lifted the lockdown regime. Operating both during and beyond the lockdown could throw up novel and unexpected corporate crime and liability risks for businesses. Resuming or increasing business operations as restrictions ease will entail risk. A resumption plan addressing logistical and operational complexities will be essential, but this should also take account of legal risks as part of overall risk mitigation measures.
Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners has launched the RGP Advocates Bureau, a separate-but-connected legal entity for the firm's dispute resolution/litigation/arbitration lawyers, with the Arbitration practice to be led by former Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners Co-Head of Litigation Dmitry Dyakin, and the Litigation & Investigations practice to be led by Partner Ilya Rybalkin.
After all initiatives for drastic countermeasures to respond to the US/EU sanctions (criminal liability for sanctions compliance, comprehensive import restrictions, liability for cross-border transfer of information relevant for sanctions) ground to a halt for one year, the legislator has now resumed the proposal to establish the jurisdiction of Russian courts over disputes with listed persons.