Regulatory Documents Originated in the USSR May Not Be Annulled but May Be Hold Invalid

29 may 2019 | Izvestia

Starting from 2021 all business requirements originated in the Soviet era are to be terminated. The respective draft governmental decrees is expected this year, the Izvestia newspaper writes.

Vladimir Buryaga
Vladimir Buryaga
Project management office for monitoring and oversight reform implementation

There was no business in the Soviet Union however many state-owned service rendering companies were operated including eateries, hairdressing shops, cinemas the requirements for which are still valid, an expert of the Analytical Center Vladimir Buryaga told to the Izvestia. According to him, the viciousness of the mandatory allowance system of the state-planned economics presupposes that the government regulates everything instead of the business itself. "If it is dirty in a restaurant, nobody will come there," the expert said.

Vladimir Buryaga pointed out that liquidation of obsolete requirements results in a conflict of laws: "Russia may annul only those regulatory acts that were adopted in the RSFSR. It is impossible to terminate the regulatory documents put in force in the USSR, they may only be hold invalid."

One of the most famous absurd business requirements is how to correctly cook an omelet. Dmitry Medvedev cited this example at the Gaydar Forum in January 2019. "To cook an omelet pour an egg mixture and other components on a greased baking pan or a batch pan so that to form 2-3 cm layers and put the pan into a cabinet oven at a temperature of 180-200 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Please note, you may not cook an omelet with another method," the Prime Minister said ironically.

Vladimir Buryaga also provided some other examples. Thus, in zoos, printed press may be sold only in Soyuzpechat stalls, while fireworks should be manufactured by Soyuzpetarda only. In addition, all employers must provide their office personnel with leg rests because they have health benefits for the back.

In general, the supervision and monitoring of legislative development has been carried out by the government since 2012. Since that time, a risk-oriented approach towards business checks was introduced. It assumes to classify companies by risk categories. The higher are the life and health hazards, the more often this business entity is checked. If the risk is extremely low, the visits are seldom (one time in several years).

Source: Izvestia