The Institute for the Rule of Law (IRL) summed up the results of the activities of Russia’s regulatory authorities in 2021

Институт проблем правоприменения
Dmitriy Skougarevskiy; Ruslan Kuchakov
Press release

SAINT PETERSBURG — December 22, 2021

The Institute for the Rule of Law (IRL) at the European University at St. Petersburg, based on data from more than 550,000 scheduled and unscheduled inspections, identified and assessed the main trends  in the activities of regulatory authorities this year.

Main conclusions:

  •  In 2021, the number of scheduled and unscheduled inspections increased by almost 1.6 times compared to 2020, but is still half the number from 2019. The number of inspections increased for the vast majority of regions and regulatory agencies, and in almost all sectors of the economy.
  • The agencies that showed the largest decrease in the number of inspections in 2021 were the Ministry of Internal Affairs (-55.2%), the Ministry of Health (-55.2%) and the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) (-28.9%). At the other extreme, The Federal Service for Supervision of Transport (Rostransnadzor) (55.1%), the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) (51.0%) and the Federal Service for the Monitoring of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) (36.0%) demonstrated the most noticeable increase in the number of inspections.
  • With the overall increase in the number of inspections, there remained a structural imbalance in economic sectors and forms of ownership. Social infrastructure facilities and municipal property were still inspected disproportionately often.
  • The restrictions limiting the regulatory agencies’ inspections of small and medium-sized businesses, including the extended moratorium on inspections, are not absolute. In 2021 more than 15% of all organizations that underwent scheduled inspections and over 30% of all organizations that had unscheduled inspections were micro and small enterprises.
  • Despite five years of comprehensive reform in regulatory agency activities, the quality of regulation in Russia remains low. According to the World Bank Regulatory Quality Index, in 2020 Russia ranked only 134th.

The report is available at the link. The authors of the report will be happy to answer questions and to comment on the material of the report.

Ruslan Kuchakov,  Junior Researcher  +7 (911) 912-47-36,

The Institute for the Rule of Law (IRL) was established in 2009 as part of the European University at St. Petersburg.  IRL’s mission is to promote law enforcement reform and the rule of law in Russia. Its activities include conducting research, publishing and communicating its findings to the general public, initiating public debate, formulating policy recommendations for all stakeholders, including decision-makers, and developing training programs.
The activities of the Institute are supported by Sberbank and the European University at St. Petersburg. The work of the institute's staff can be found on its website.

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