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The Russian Federation ratified the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (the Electronic Communications Convention).

The purpose of the Convention, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, is to ensure legal certainty and commercial predictability on electronic communications in international contracts. The agreement is based on the fundamental legal principles and provisions set out by the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce, already adopted in 50 jurisdictions around the world.

After the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Singapore, the Russian Federation is the fourth state to ratify the Electronic Communications Convention, signed by a total of 19 states. Other nations, including Australia and the Republic of Congo, have started the procedure for becoming members.

The Convention will enter into force in the Russian Federation on 1 August 2014.

For more information, please refer to the official website of UNCITRAL.


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