Offshores may appear in Russia

Offshores may appear in Russia
Yuri Trutnev

Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev admitted creation of offshore zone in Russian Far East.

Presidential envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev urged not to abandon the idea of creating offshore zones in Russia. According to Interfax, he said that the existing "Free port" and the territories of advancing development are not connected to it, though, they give some tax breaks for businesses.

"If other countries consider it possible to pull tax potential by providing fiscal privileges, then, we can do the same have in Russia," - he said.

In 2013, Prime Minister Dmitiry Medvedev expressed an idea of creating offshore areas in the Kurils and on Sakhalin. The proposal was made amid the crisis in Cyprus.

"Perhaps, part of our money, which are now in Cyprus, as well as in other areas, such as the BVI (British Virgin Islands), Bahamas and other, will be transferred back to us, "- said Medvedev. Yet the idea did not get further development.

To remind: in 1994, there was an offshore zone in Ingushetia. But in 1997, its existence was stopped, without the intended objectives of the Government being reached. Also special zones the Kalmykia and the Altai were created, which exempt business from taxation. This zones were closed in 2004. Later, the Special Economic Zones replaced them, but these zones work mainly with the real sector of the economy, while offshore zones are attractive primarily to the financial sector.

Offoshore zone is a territory with attractive business conditions due to low tax rates, clear legislation on investment funds, simplified system of company registration, privacy of operations.



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