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The passenger rights regime under the Russian law

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The passenger rights regime under the Russian law depends on domestic or international flight.

All domestic flights to/from St. Petersburg are under Russian law – Civil Code of Russian Federation, Air Code of Russian Federation and the «General Rules for the Carriage of Passengers, Baggage and Cargo and Rules for servicing passengers, consignors and consignees» approved by the order of the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation.

All international flights to/from St. Petersburg are under International Treaties and Russian law – The Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Warsaw Convention 1929), the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air (Montreal Convention 1999), Russian Law acts mentioned above.

According to the point 6 of the Preamble the EU Regulation 261/2004, the protection accorded to passengers departing from an airport located in a Member State should be extended to those leaving an airport located in a third country for one situated in a Member State, when a Community carrier operates the flight. Actually, in accordance with Russian Court practice, this provision is applicable for Russian carrier operators as well.

Under the Russian law there is no provision for automatically refund Russian passengers for bookings within a period of time after booking. In accordance with the Russian law it is prohibited for Russian carries to denying passengers boarding due to overbooking. As well, there is no provisions in Russian law concerning flight cancellation compensation.