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COVID-19 Coronavirus: Russia’s Supreme Court Provides Clarifications on the Impact of COVID-19-related Measures on Contract Performance and Dispute Resolution

Batalova M., Шленчакова Т. И., Бранк Л.

On April 21, 2020, the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued an “Overview of selected issues of judicial practice, related to the application of legislation and measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the territory of the Russian Federation No. 1” (the “Overview”).

This Overview sets out a number of important clarifications on the practical application of recent legislative developments as well as recent COVID-19 related measures to dispute resolution, contract performance, creditors’ rights, the imposition of criminal liability for spreading fake news on COVID-19 and on administrative liability for the violation of sanitary rules and protective measures.  We set forth herein a number of clarifications affecting contract performance and dispute resolution.