The introduction of a total ban may lead to a slowdown in the development of digital platforms and solutions.
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The Federation Council wants to “tighten the screws” for those who have gone abroad, but at the same time continue to work remotely. The senators plan to submit a bill on this to the State Duma soon. True, there is no need to be afraid. Unsurprisingly, the changes will mostly affect those who aren’t supposed to work abroad anyway. Remote work from another country may be prohibited for civil servants, employees of the transportation industries, and employees in the field of information security.
We were talking about employees from other sectors of the economy, but there was no such thing as employees of private companies. But the Ministry of Digital Development decided to express its position anyway. Apparently, so that the senators are not very interested in legislating.
– The introduction of a total ban may lead to a slowdown in the development of digital platforms and solutions, which may ultimately negatively affect their competitiveness. Our task is to use all the available intellectual potential of developers to introduce new digital services. In the end, the winner will be the one who can attract the most talented staff, including those from abroad, the ministry explained.
In other words, the Ministry of Digital Development proposes to find a compromise between security and convenience. In particular, if we are talking about some government contracts that are carried out by external contractors for the departments.
At the same time, an informal ban on working abroad is already in force for both civil servants and employees of state-owned companies. For example, in the last month, many state bank employees who left in the middle of a partial mobilization have already been given a choice: return or resign. This position in banks is explained simply: employees working outside the perimeter and entering the bank’s internal system through a conditional VPN (a service that allows you to access even prohibited sites from anywhere in the world) pose a threat. due to the increase in cyber attacks.
By the way, this practice is not observed in private companies. Depending on the field of activity, foreign remote workers can represent up to a third of the company’s total workforce. And it would be strange to limit private business in the choice of employees. In addition, it is impossible to separate those who work from abroad permanently from those who went there on business.
– And if a person in India or Dubai establishes parallel imports to the Russian Federation? Or do you ship from China? Or do you manage assets in Israel? All these are friendly countries. Are these people friends or enemies according to your logic? – Evgeny Kogan, investment banker, professor at the Higher School of Economics is perplexed.
Recall, according to various estimates, this year Russia went from 500 thousand to a million Russians without disabilities. Most of them continue to work for Russian companies, but physically live in another country. True, many have already begun to return. The fact is that if you stay abroad for more than six months, a person becomes a non-resident. And this imposes additional tax obligations on the employer. Thus, the income tax for a Russian citizen permanently residing in the country is 13%. Non-residents (who have another citizenship or live abroad for more than 183 days during a calendar year) must pay much more: 30% of income.