On Introducing Changes And Additions Into The Law Of The Russian Federation "on Consumer Cooperatives In The Russian Federation"

Original Language Title: О внесении изменений и дополнений в Закон Российской Федерации "О потребительской кооперации в Российской Федерации"

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RUSSIAN FEDERATION FEDERAL LAW on amendments and additions to the law of the Russian Federation "on consumer cooperatives in the Russian Federation" adopted by the State Duma on June 13, 1997 year, Article 1. In connection with the adoption of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation to make changes and additions in the law of the Russian Federation "on consumer cooperatives in the Russian Federation" (records of the Congress of people's deputies of the Russian Federation and the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, 1992, no. 30, art. 1788), read as follows: "the RUSSIAN FEDERATION LAW on consumer cooperation (consumer societies, their unions) in the Russian Federation, the present law defines legal, economic and social framework for the establishment and activities of consumer associations and their unions that make up the consumer co-operation of the Russian Federation.
The main objectives of the consumer cooperatives in the Russian Federation are: development and trade organizations to ensure members of consumer societies of goods;
purchase from citizens and legal persons of agricultural products and raw materials, products and production personal part-time farms and fisheries, wild fruits, berries and mushrooms, drug-technical raw materials with their subsequent processing and marketing;
manufacture of food products and non-food items with their subsequent implementation through organization of retail trade;
assisting members of consumer societies of industrial and household services.
This Act guarantees consumer societies and their unions, taking into account the social dimension, as well as citizens and legal persons who create these consumer society and their unions, State support.
Relations arising in the field of creation and activities of consumer associations and their unions are governed by the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, this law, other laws and other normative legal acts of the Russian Federation.
Chapter i. General provisions article 1. Basic concepts for the purposes of this Act, the following basic concepts: consumer cooperation system of consumer societies and their unions, created to meet the material and other needs of their members;
the consumer society is a voluntary association of citizens and (or) legal entities established, usually on a territorial basis, based on membership by combining its members property unit assessments for trade, procurement, production and other activities to meet the material and other needs of its members;
Union of consumer societies (hereinafter also referred to as the Union)-a voluntary Union of consumer societies on the basis of decisions of general meetings of shareholders of consumer societies to coordinate their activities, ensuring protection of property rights and other rights of consumer societies and their members, represent their interests in the State bodies and local self-government, as well as to provide legal, information and other services;
shareholder-citizen and (or) legal person making an entrance and mutual contributions accepted in the consumer society in accordance with the Charter of the order of the consumer society and its members;
cooperative land-plot (part of the consumer society), which combined a certain number of shareholders and that can be created, usually on a territorial basis, determined by the Charter of the consumer society;
the Commissioner of the consumer society-shareholder elected at a meeting of shareholders of the cooperative sector and empowered to solve questions at the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society. It is the link between consumer society and shareholders, organizes the activity of the consumer society in the cooperative sector. The rule representation of Commissioners of the consumer society, as well as their rights and duties are determined by the Charter of the consumer society;
the supreme body of the consumer society-general meeting of the consumer society, which takes place in the form of a general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society, or in the form of the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society;
representatives of the consumer society in the Union of consumer societies-shareholders, elected at the general meeting of the consumer society (unless otherwise envisaged by the statutes consumer associations and their unions) to participate in the General meetings of representatives of consumer societies of the unions, which include the consumer society;
entrance fee-the amount of money aimed at covering costs associated with entry into the consumer society;
shareholding property contribution shareholder in mutual fund consumer society money, securities, land or land shares, property or other property or other rights having monetary value;
mutual fund-the Fund consisting of contributions made by shareholders when creating a consumer society or membership and are one of the sources of formation of the property of the consumer society;

Reserve Fund-Fund, which is designed to cover losses incurred from emergencies and the procedure for the formation and use of which shall be determined by the Charter of the consumer society or Union;
indivisible fund part of the property of the consumer society or Union, which is not subject to distribution between the shareholders and the procedure for the formation and use of which is determined by the Charter of the consumer society or Union;
participation in the economic activities of the consumer society-acquisition of goods in the consumer society that the use of the consumer society, the supply of agricultural products and raw materials consumer society and (or) otherwise participate in economic transactions as a consumer or provider;
cooperative payment-a portion of the proceeds of the consumer society, distributed among the shareholders in proportion to their participation in economic activities of the consumer society or their collective contributions, unless otherwise provided by the Charter of the consumer society.
Article 2. Restriction on use in the name of a legal person the words "consumer society", "Union of consumers ' societies" this Act does not apply to consumer cooperatives operating on the basis of the Federal law "on agricultural cooperation", as well as other specialized consumer cooperatives (garage, housing, credit, etc.). The names of these consumer cooperatives in the use of the words "consumer society", "Union of consumers ' societies" is not allowed.
Article 3. State and system of consumer cooperation 1. State bodies and bodies of local self-government shall not interfere with the economic, financial and other activities of consumer associations and their unions, except for the cases stipulated by the laws of the Russian Federation. The relationship of consumer cooperatives, their unions and the executive authorities are determined by the agreements. Consumer society and their unions are planning programmes independently of its economic and social development.
2. Acts of the State bodies or local self-government bodies, acts which violate the rights of consumer cooperatives, their unions, may be declared invalid in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Losses caused by consumer societies, their unions as a result of unlawful actions by State bodies, local self-government bodies and their officials shall be reimbursed in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Article 4. The main principles of creation and activity of the consumer society 1. The consumer society is created by opening and share contributions, provides trading, storage, production, mediation and other types of activities.
2. Consumer society creates and operates on the basis of the following principles;
voluntary entry into the consumer society and exit;
obligation of payment of entrance and share contributions;
democratic management of the consumer society (one shareholder, one vote, mandatory accountability to the general meeting of the consumer society of other authorities, inspection bodies, free participation shareholder in elective bodies of the consumer society);
mutual assistance and ensure holders participating in the economic or other activity of the consumer society, economic benefits;
size limits cooperative;
availability of information on the activities of the consumer society for all shareholders;
the widest involvement of women to participate in the Administration and control bodies;
worries about raising the cultural level of the shareholders.
Article 5. The powers of the consumer society consumer society, created in the form of a consumer cooperative is a legal entity and has the following powers: to engage in activities designed to meet the needs of shareholders;
carry out entrepreneurial activities in so far as it serves the purpose for which it was created;
have their representative offices, branches, create economic society, institutions and to exercise their rights in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation;
participate in business associations, cooperatives, be an investor in limited partnerships;
create under this Act the funds of the consumer society;
distribute profits among shareholders, in accordance with the Charter of the consumer society;
to attract borrowed funds from shareholders and other citizens;
implemented in the order established by the Charter of the order of crediting and advance shareholders;
carry out foreign economic activities, in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Russian Federation;
appeal against the justiciability of the acts of the State bodies, acts of local self-government bodies, their officials who violate the rights of the consumer society;
exercise other rights of a legal person, necessary to achieve the goals enshrined in the Charter of the consumer society.

Article 6. Features of the employment relationship in consumer societies and their unions 1. Consumer society and their unions independently carry out recruitment of workers and determine the conditions and size of remuneration in accordance with the labour legislation of the Russian Federation, the present law and statutes consumer associations and their unions.
2. Disciplinary action (up to and including release from Office) the chairpersons of the boards of consumer associations and their unions, the Chairmen of the audit committees of consumer societies and their unions are imposed only bodies elected chairpersons.
3. Elected officials of the consumer society or Union infringing the rights of shareholders, charters and allowing abuse damaging to consumer cooperatives may be upon the submission of the Audit Commission of the Union removed from Office by the Council of the Union of consumer societies in the manner prescribed by the statutes of the Union. In such cases, the Council of the Union is obliged to organize a general meeting within a period of 30 days.
CHAPTER II. EDUCATION of the CONSUMER SOCIETY, article 7. The procedure for the formation of the consumer society 1. The founders of the consumer society can be citizens who have attained 16 years of age and (or) legal entities. The number of founders should not be less than five citizens and (or) three legal entities.
2. Decision-making on education of the consumer society and the entry into the Union is determined by the founders of the consumer society in accordance with this law.
3. The decision to create a consumer society and joining the Union are taken by the constituent Assembly, which approves the list of shareholders, articles of the consumer society and report about expenditure of entrance fees. Constituent Assembly elects the managing bodies and monitoring bodies: the Board of the consumer society, its President;
Audit Commission consumer society;
other controls contained in the Charter of the consumer society.
4. the decision of the constituent Assembly of the consumer society is drawn up the Protocol.
Article 8. State registration of the consumer society 1. The statement of State registration of the consumer society are: the minutes of the founding meeting of the consumer society on the establishment of a consumer society, approving its Statute and on the composition of the consumer society, signed by the Chairperson and Secretary of the constituent Assembly;
Charter of the consumer society;
certificate of payment of the registration fee.
2. Consumer society is considered to be established from the moment of its State registration in the order established by the legislation.
Article 9. Charter of the consumer society 1. The Charter must be determined by consumer society: the name of the consumer society;
his whereabouts;
subject and objectives of the consumer society;
the order of entry of shareholders in the consumer society;
the withdrawal procedure of shareholders of consumer society, including the procedure for issuing shareholding and cooperative;
the size, composition and procedure for entrance and share contributions, responsibility for breaches of obligations to make share contributions;
composition and competence of the management and control bodies of the consumer society, decision-making rules, including issues on which decisions are taken unanimously or by a qualified majority;
order cover shareholders for losses incurred consumer society;
the procedure for reorganization and liquidation of consumer society;
information about its branches and representative offices;
other information.
2. the Charter of a consumer society may provide that citizens do not have an independent income, as well as for citizens, receiving only State benefits, pension or scholarship, the general meeting of the consumer society can establish a smaller shareholding than for other shareholders.
CHAPTER III. MEMBERSHIP in the consumer SOCIETY Article 10. Reception in the consumer society 1. A citizen or legal person wishing to become shareholders and serves in the Board of the consumer society statement in writing for membership in the cooperative society. The statement must be indicated his citizen name, surname and place of residence. In a statement, the legal entity must be listed its name, location and bank details. Citizens who do not have independent earnings, as well as receiving public benefits, pension or stipend, reported in a statement.
2. Application for membership in the cooperative society must be processed within 30 days of the Board of the consumer society. Recognizes the incoming shareholder since the judgement of the Board of the consumer society and paying the entry fee, as well as shareholding or its part established by the Statute of the consumer society.
3. persons adopted in consumer society and making an entrance and mutual contributions receive a document certifying their membership.
Article 11. Rights of shareholders of the consumer society 1. Shareholders of the consumer society have the right to:

join the consumer society and leave on a voluntary basis;
participate in the activities of the consumer society, to elect and be elected to organs of management and control authorities, make suggestions for improvement of the consumer society, the Elimination of shortcomings in the work of its organs;
getting cooperative payment in accordance with the decision of the general meeting of the consumer society;
buy (receive) mainly before other citizens of goods (services) in the organizations of trade and consumer services the consumer society, on the basis of the treaties guaranteed sales products and products of individual sideline activities and fishing through the consumer society;
to enjoy the benefits provided to shareholders at the general meeting of the consumer society. These benefits are payable from the income from entrepreneurial activity of the consumer society;
Donate to organizations of the consumer society as a matter of priority agricultural products and raw materials for processing, including on Commission basis;
be adopted as a matter of priority, to work in the consumer society in accordance with their education, training, and taking into account the need for workers;
get directions for study in educational institutions of consumer cooperatives;
use the objects of social destination on conditions determined by the general meeting of the consumer society;
obtain information from the authorities and control bodies of the consumer society on their activities;
access to the general meeting of the consumer society with complaints of misconduct by other authorities and control bodies of the consumer society;
appeal from the judicial review of the decision of the managing bodies of the consumer society that affect their interests.
2. the general meeting of the consumer society can install and other rights of shareholders, which do not contradict the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Article 12. Responsibilities of the Trustees of the consumer society Shareholders the consumer society are obliged to abide by the Charter: the consumer society, to implement the decisions of the general meeting of the consumer society, other authorities and control bodies of the consumer society;
to fulfil their obligations to the user community to participate in its economic activity.
Article 13. Termination of membership in the consumer society 1. Membership in the consumer society is ceased in case of: voluntary withdrawal shareholder;
exclusion of shareholder: liquidation of a legal entity, which is a shareholder;
death of a citizen, a shareholder;
the Elimination of the consumer society.
2. statement by the shareholder of the voluntary withdrawal of the consumer society is considered by the Council of the society. Output of the shareholder shall be as provided for in the Charter of the consumer society.
3. a Shareholder may be excluded from the consumer society by the decision of the general meeting of the consumer society in case of failure without good cause to them before the society of its duties prescribed by this Act or by the consumer society or committing acts detrimental to society.
4. Shareholder must be notified in writing no later than 20 days the Council consumer society on the causes of the general meeting of the consumer society the issue of his expulsion from the consumer society and invited to attend the general meeting, at which it should be given the right to express their opinion. In the case of absence without good reason shareholder at the general meeting of the consumer society it may decide to withdrawal from the consumer society.
5. In the event of the death of shareholder, his heirs may be taken in the consumer society, unless otherwise provided by the Charter of the consumer society. Otherwise, the consumer society passes to the heirs of its shareholding and cooperative payment as provided for in article 14 of this law.
Article 14. Return shareholding withdrawing or excluded from the consumer society would 1. His associate, withdrawing or excluded from the consumer society, paid the value of his shareholding and cooperative payment in size, in the terms and conditions as are provided for by the Charter of the consumer society at the time of entry into force of the shareholder in a consumerist society.
2. the Charter of a consumer society could be issuing of a shareholding in kind in cases where the equity contribution was land or other immovable property.
3. The heirs of the deceased shareholder its shareholding and cooperative payments are transmitted in the order specified by the Charter of the consumer society. The right to participate in general assemblies of the consumer society and other right-holders specified heirs are not passed.
CHAPTER IV. MANAGEMENT BODIES of the CONSUMER SOCIETY Article 15. The structure of the Office of the consumer society

1. the Office of the consumer society is exercised by the general meeting of the consumer society, Council and Board of the consumer society.
2. the highest body of the consumer society is the general meeting of the consumer society.
3. in the period between the General meetings of the consumer society Office in a consumer society is administered by a Board, which is a representative body.
4. the executive body of the consumer society is the Board of the consumer society.
5. Monitoring of compliance with the Charter of the consumer society, its financial and economic activities, as well as established organizations and entities they Audit Commission carries out consumer society.
Article 16. Powers of the general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society 1. The general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society is competent to determine all matters relating to the activities of the consumer society, including to confirm or revoke the decision of the Board of the Board of the consumer society.
2. To the exclusive competence of the general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society include: taking the Charter of the consumer society, the introduction of amendments and additions;
determination of the main directions of activity of the company;
election of the Chairman and the members of the Council, members of the auditing Commission of the consumer society and the termination of their powers, hearing reports on their activities, the identification of means to their contents;
determination of the size of the entrance and the share of contributions;
exclusion of shareholders from the consumer society;
the decision of questions on the formation of unions, membership in unions and leaving them;
the election of representatives of consumer societies of the Union;
the formulation of orders of consumer societies Union representatives for action by the General meetings of representatives of consumer societies of the Union;
approval of the development programmes of the consumer society, its annual reports and accounting balance sheets;
allocation between shareholders income from entrepreneurial activity of the consumer society;
the order of covering losses incurred consumer society;
definition of the types, sizes and conditions of formation of consumer society funds;
alienation of real estate consumer society whose value exceeds the value defined by the Charter of the consumer society;
establishment of commercial companies;
decisions about reorganization and liquidation of the consumer society.
3. the Charter of a consumer society can be attributed to exclusive competence of the general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society and other issues.
4. issues related to the provisions of this law and the Statute of the consumer society to the exclusive competence of the general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society, may not be transferred by them to the decision of the Council and of the Board of the consumer society.
Article 17. Meeting of shareholders of the cooperative of the plot of the consumer society. The general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society 1. In cases where the shareholders of the consumer society are residents of several settlements and the number of large shareholders in the consumer society can create cooperative areas, which is the supreme body meeting of shareholders of the cooperative phase. At this meeting discusses the activities of the consumer society and the cooperative area, as well as elected Commissioners in the manner and according to the rules of representation determined by the Charter of the consumer society. In such cases, the consumer society held a general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society.
2. The general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society has the right to decide all matters relating to the powers of the general meeting of shareholders in accordance with article 16 of this law, except for matters on the formation of unions, membership in unions and leaving them on the transformation of the consumer society into another legal form.
3. Questions about creating alliances, alliances and leaving them on the transformation of the consumer society into another legal form is mandatory shall be put to the meeting of shareholders all cooperative sections of the consumer society. How to make these issues in the agendas of shareholders cooperative sites, consider them and take stock of the results of the voting is determined by the Charter of the consumer society.
4. the Charter of a consumer society can be attributed to exclusive competence of the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society and other issues.
5. issues related to the provisions of this law and the Statute of the consumer society to the exclusive competence of the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society, may not be transferred by them to the decision of the Council or of the Board of the consumer society.

6. authorized consumer society are permitted to participate in the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society when there is a power of Attorney, signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the meeting of shareholders of the cooperative sector and certified by a notary or local government.
Article 18. Decision-making by the general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society, the General Assembly authorized the consumer society, the meeting of the shareholders of the cooperative consumer society plot 1. The general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society is qualified if attended by more than 50 per cent of the shareholders of the consumer society. The decision of the general meeting of shareholders shall be considered accepted by the consumer society if it receives more than 50 percent of the consumer society, the shareholders present at the general meeting. The decision to withdraw from the Union of the consumer society, on the exclusion of shareholder of consumer society is considered to be passed if it receives at least three quarters of shareholders of the consumer society. Charter of the consumer society can provide other solutions for that should vote more than half of the shareholders of the consumer society, present at this meeting. The transformation of the consumer society is made by the unanimous decision of the shareholders of the consumer society.
2. The general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society is qualified if attended by more than three quarters of the Commissioners of the consumer society. The decision of the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society is considered to be passed if it receives not less than three-fourths of the consumer society, the Commissioners present at the general meeting.
3. the meeting of the shareholders of the cooperative of the plot of the consumer society is qualified if attended by more than 50 per cent of the shareholders of the cooperative of the plot of the consumer society.
Decision, including on the establishment of unions, consumer society in unions, shall be considered adopted if it receives more than 50 percent of the consumer society, the shareholders present at the meeting of the shareholders of the cooperative of the plot of the consumer society.
The decision to withdraw the consumer society of the Union shall be considered adopted if it receives at least three quarters of shareholders of the consumer society.
The decision to transform the consumer society into another legal form is adopted if all shareholders voted cooperative sites of the consumer society.
Decisions of the meetings of shareholders of the cooperative consumer society sites on the establishment of a Union, Union membership and withdrawal from it, on the transformation of the consumer society into another legal form are mandatory for the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society. Decisions of the meetings of shareholders of the cooperative consumer society plot on other questions are mandatory for the Commissioners in making decisions at the general meeting of the Commissioners of the consumer society.
4. Decision-making by the general meeting of shareholders of the consumer society, the General Assembly authorized the consumer society, the meeting of the shareholders of the cooperative consumer society plot (secret or open ballot) is determined by the data collections.
5. Shareholder, the Commissioner of the consumer society have one vote when a decision by the general meeting of the consumer society, the meeting of the shareholders of the cooperative of the plot of the consumer society.
6. The decision of the general meeting of the consumer society can be appealed judicially in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Article 19. The Board of the consumer society 1. The Board of the consumer society is the governing body of the consumer society and is accountable to the general meeting. The Council shall exercise the powers of the consumer society, defined by the present law and the Charter of the consumer society, with the exception of the powers assigned to the exclusive competence of the general meeting of the consumer society.
2. the Chairman and members of the consumer society are elected for a term of five years. The Chairman and members of the consumer society can be exempted from duty (powers) at any time by decision of the general meeting of the consumer society. Early elected Chairman or member of the Board of the consumer society shall hold office until the expiration of the five-year term of Office of the previous Chairman or member of the Board of the consumer society.
3. the Charter of a consumer society defines the competence of the Council of the consumer society, the order of adoption by the President of the Council and his deputies of decisions and order of their registration, as well as issues in which the President of the Council and his deputies have the right to take alone.
4. The exclusive competence of the consumer society include: representation of the consumer society;

accepting shareholders within consumer society;
doing organizational work with shareholders;
creating cooperative sites;
the Organization of the execution orders of the shareholders;
preparation and holding of general meetings of the consumer society;
the submission to the general meeting of the consumer society report on the work of the society in the period between the General meetings;
definition of the powers of the Board of the consumer society and the monitoring of its activities;
appointment and dismissal of the consumer society, Vice-Presidents of the Council, Chairman of the Board and Board members, as well as heads of agencies and organizations or structural units, including branches and representative offices;
ensuring the effective use of human, material and financial resources;
the decision on the establishment of companies, institutions, separate structural divisions, including branches, as well as participation in companies, cooperatives or participating in limited partnerships as investors;
the disposition of the property of the consumer society, with the exception of property alienation which fall within the exclusive competence of the general meeting of the consumer society;
approval of the budget of the consumer society;
issuing powers of Attorney for conclusion of contracts.
5. issues related to the provisions of this law to the exclusive competence of the Council, may not be transferred by decision of the Board of the consumer society.
6. meetings of the Board of the consumer society are held as required, but not less than once per month. The Council is competent to deal with questions of the consumer society, if its meeting is present not less than 75 per cent of the members of the Council, including the Chairman of the Board or his Deputy.
7. Shareholders are entitled to participate in the meeting of the consumer society.
8. the Chairman of the consumer society, his deputies and other members of the Council are responsible for their decisions in accordance with the Charter of the consumer society and the legislation of the Russian Federation.
9. the Board of the consumer society not less than once a year is accountable to the general meeting of the consumer society.
10. distribution of authority among the members of the Council, the consumer society is administered by a Board of the consumer society.
11. Member of the Board cannot be a member of the Board of directors or a member of the Audit Commission of the consumer society.
Article 20. The Audit Commission of the consumer society, its powers, the members of the Audit Commission's responsibility 1. The Audit Commission the consumer society monitored compliance with the Charter of the consumer society, its economic and financial activities as well as activities created by a consumer society, organizations, departments, branches and representative offices. The Audit Commission of the consumer society is accountable to the general meeting of the consumer society.
2. the Inspection Commission of the consumer society elects from among its members by the Chairman of the Audit Commission and Deputy Chairman of the Audit Commission.
3. decisions of the Audit Commission of the consumer society are dealt with and executed by the Council or the Board of the consumer society within 30 days. In case of disagreement by the Audit Commission of the consumer society with the decision of the Council or of the Board of the consumer society, or when the no-action motion by the Council or Board of revision Commission of the consumer society transmits its decision for the consideration of the general meeting of the consumer society.
4. the Inspection Commission of the consumer society is guided in its work by the present law, the Charter of the consumer society and approved by the General Assembly of the consumer society the regulation on the revision Commission of the consumer society.
Chapter v. PROPERTY of the CONSUMER SOCIETY, article 21. The property of the consumer society, the sources of his assets 1. The owner of the property of the consumer society is the consumer society as a legal entity.
2. the property of the consumer society is not distributed on shares (deposits) between shareholders and working under a labor agreement (contract) in the consumer cooperatives of citizens.
3. The sources of formation of the property of the consumer society are the mutual contributions of shareholders, revenues from business activity of the consumer society and established organizations, as well as income from the placement of its own funds in banks, securities and other sources not prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
4. consumer society to fulfil its statutory goals can create economic society, medical, educational and other institutions, branches and representative offices, meet the statutory objectives of consumer societies, and may also be participants in business companies, cooperatives, investors in limited partnerships.
5. assets for institutions established consumer society, enshrines the right of operative management.
Article 22. Dimensions of the entrance and share assessments

Dimensions of the opening and the unit assessments are determined by the Charter of the consumer society.
The entrance fee is not included in the mutual fund and is not refundable when exiting shareholder of consumer society.
At the introductory and mutual contributions may not seek recovery for personal debts and obligations of the shareholders.
Article 23. Mutual and other funds of the consumer society 1. Mutual fund consumer society consists of contributions, which are one of the sources of formation of the property of the consumer society.
2. In carrying out its work, the consumer society may generate the following foundations: indivisibility;
development of consumer cooperatives;
reserve;
other funds in accordance with the Charter of the consumer society.
3. Dimensions, procedure of formation and use of funds of the consumer society are set by the general meeting of the consumer society.
Article 24. The income of the consumer society and their distribution 1. The income of the consumer society, received from his business activities, after making the required payments in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation shall be sent to the consumer society, funds for settlements with creditors and (or) cooperative benefits.
2. the amount of payment determined by the cooperative at the general meeting of the consumer society, should not exceed 20 per cent of the income of the consumer society.
Article 25. Liability of the consumer society and its members 1. The consumer society is liable for its obligations with all property belonging to him.
2. Consumer society is not responsible for the obligations of shareholders.
3. Subsidiary liability for the obligations of the shareholders of the consumer society is determined in the manner prescribed by the civil legislation of the Russian Federation and the Charter of the consumer society.
CHAPTER VI. FRAMEWORK of the CONSUMER SOCIETY, article 26. Accounting and financial reporting of the consumer society 1. The consumer society has an obligation to keep accounting records, as well as the present financial statements in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
2. The annual report on the financial activities of the consumer society is subject to verification by independent audit organization, as well as the Audit Commission of the consumer society. Conclusion the audit organization, as well as the Audit Commission considered at the general meeting of the consumer society.
Article 27. Order of the consumer society in the Charter documents of the consumer society should reflect the order of reference documents (recruitment and a list of shareholders, receive contributions, management protocols of general meetings of the consumer society and the protocols of the meetings of the Council and the decisions of the Board of the consumer society and others).
Article 28. Storage of documents of the consumer society consumer society is obliged to store at the location of the consumer society Council the following documents: decision on the establishment of a consumer society;
a certificate of its registration;
Charter of the consumer society, changes and additions made to it;
documents confirming the right of the consumer society on assets on its balance sheet;
regulations on the branch or representative office of the consumer society;
documents of accounting and financial reporting;
minutes of the General meetings of the consumer society;
minutes of the meetings of the Council and the decisions of the Board of the consumer society;
minutes of the meetings of the Audit Commission of the consumer society;
the conclusion of the audit and the Audit Commission the consumer society;
other documents stipulated by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
CHAPTER VII. Reorganization and liquidation of CONSUMER SOCIETY Article 29. Reorganization of the consumer society 1. Reorganization of the consumer society (merger, accession, Division, separation) is carried out by decision of the general meeting of the consumer society and other grounds stipulated by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
2. transformation of the consumer society is carried out by the unanimous decision of all the shareholders of the consumer society.
Article 30. The Elimination of the consumer society 1. The Elimination of the consumer society is subject to a decision of its general meeting or by a court decision in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
2. in adopting General Assembly of consumer society decisions on Elimination of consumer society, the Board of the consumer society in writing immediately notify the authority responsible for the State registration of legal entities.
3. the general meeting of the consumer society or accepting the decision on liquidation of the consumer society, the authority shall appoint, in agreement with the body responsible for the State registration of legal entities, a liquidation Commission (liquidator) and establishes the procedure and timetable for the Elimination of the consumer society.

4. In case of liquidation of the consumer society his undivided property Fund is not subject to section and is transferred to another (other) consumer society (consumer societies) on the basis of the decision of the general meeting of the liquidated the consumer society.
5. the property of the consumer society remaining after satisfaction of the claims of creditors, except an undivided property fund consumer society is divided among the shareholders unless otherwise provided by the Charter of the consumer society.
CHAPTER VIII. UNION of CONSUMER SOCIETIES Article 31. The basic principles of creating in the activities of the Union 1. Union is a non-profit organization and operates on the basis of the Charter and the constituent contract.
2. The members of the Union retain the autonomy and the rights of a legal person.
3. The Union is not responsible for the obligations of its members. Members of the Association bear subsidiary liability for its obligations at the rate and in the manner prescribed by the founding documents of the Union.
4. the Union may engage in business activities as long as it serves the purpose for which it was created. Income from business activity of the Union fully sent to cover the costs of implementing the statutory activities of the Union.
5. the Union has the right to carry out monitoring and administrative functions provided by the founding contract or by the Union.
6. the Union, which includes consumer society no less than 45 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, represents the interests of its members in the international cooperative movement in accordance with delegated authorities.
Article 32. How to create a Union (membership).
The founding documents of the Union 1. The founders of the Union of consumer societies may be established in accordance with this law and registered in the order established by the legislation of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Russian Federation.
2. How to create a Union defined by the founding contract.
3. Decision on establishment of the Union was adopted by the constituent Assembly, which it based on the applications for membership in the Union maintains a list of its members and the statutes of the Union. Constituent Assembly elects the managing bodies and monitoring bodies: the Council of the Union and its President;
the Inspection Commission of the Union;
other bodies, if provided for in the Charter of the Union.
4. the Statute of the Union should include information about: the name of the Union;
the seat of the Union;
subject and objectives of the Union;
order of entry into the Union;
order of withdrawal or expulsion from the Union;
composition and competence of the management and control bodies of the Union;
order of decision-making authorities and control bodies of the Union, including decisions taken unanimously or by a qualified majority;
rights and duties of members of the Union;
the order of formation and use of property;
types of entrepreneurial activity of Union;
branches and representative offices of the Association;
the procedure for reorganization and liquidation of the Association;
the distribution of the property left after the liquidation of the Union, as well as other provisions that do not contradict the legislation of the Russian Federation.
5. the Union is considered to be established from the moment of its State registration in the order established by the legislation.
6. the relationship between consumer associations and their unions, as well as between the unions are determined by statutes and treaties.
Article 33. The property of the Union 1. The owner of the property of the Union is the Union as a legal entity.
2. the property of the Union is the property formed by contributions from Union members, income from entrepreneurial activity of the Union and established organizations, as well as other sources not prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation. Union can generate the following foundations: indivisibility;
development of consumer cooperatives;
reserve;
other funds in accordance with the Charter of the Union.
3. To achieve its statutory objectives, the Union can have and create economic society, medical, educational and other institutions, branches and representative offices, and can also be a member of the commercial companies, cooperatives and investor in limited partnerships and to exercise their rights in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
4. assets for institutions established Union, establishes the right of operative management.
Article 34. Administration and control bodies of the Union 1. Union management exercise general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union, the Council and the Management Board of the Association.
2. the highest body is the general meeting of representatives of the Union of consumer societies Union. The rule representation of consumer societies in the Union is set on the number of shareholders general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union. The decision to change the rules of representation was adopted by the Council of the Union with the approval at a general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union.
3. in the period between the General meetings of representatives of consumer societies of the Union Union Management Board.
4. the executive body of the Union is the Management Board of the Association.

5. Monitoring of compliance with the Charter of the Union, its economic, financial and other activities carries out the Audit Commission Union.
Article 35. Powers of the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union 1. The general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union is competent to determine all matters relating to the activities of the Union.
2. exclusive competence of the general meeting of representatives of the Union of consumer societies include: the adoption of the Charter of the Union, amending and supplementing it;
determination of the main directions of activity of Union;
the election of the President of the Council and members of the Council, members of the auditing Commission of the Union and the termination of their powers, hearing reports on their activities;
admission to membership of the Union and the exception thereto;
determination of the contribution of the members of the Union;
approval of the annual reports on the activities of the Union;
definition of the types, sizes and conditions of formation of Union funds;
decisions about reorganization and liquidation of Union.
3. the Charter of the Union can be attributed to exclusive competence of the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union and other issues.
4. issues related to the provisions of this law and the Charter of the Union of consumer societies within the exclusive competence of the general meeting of representatives of consumer cooperatives Union, may not be transferred to a specified Assembly to address other bodies of Union.
Article 36. The procedure for decision-making by the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union 1. The general meeting of representatives of the Union of consumer societies is qualified if attended by not less than two-thirds majority of the representatives of the Union of consumer societies. The decision of the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union shall be considered adopted if it receives not less than 50 per cent of consumer societies of the Union present at a general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union.
2. the representative of the consumer society Union shall have one vote when decisions are taken by a general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union.
3. The decision of the general meeting of representatives of the Union of consumer societies may be appealed to the members of the Union in court.
Article 37. Council of the Union of 1. The Union Council is the governing body of the Union and is accountable to the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union. The Council exercises the powers defined by this law and by the Charter of the Union, with the exception of the powers assigned to the exclusive competence of the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union.
2. The exclusive competence of the Union of consumer societies include: the implementation of the Mission of the Union of consumer societies;
preparation and holding of general meetings of representatives of consumer societies of the Union;
the submission to the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union report on the work of the Union in the period between the General meetings;
definition of the powers of the Board of the Union of consumer societies and overseeing its activities;
appointment and dismissal of the Vice-Presidents of the Council of the Union, Chairman of the Board and members of the Board of the Union, as well as the heads of agencies, organizations or structural units, including branches and representative offices;
ensuring the effective use of human, material and financial resources;
decisions on the establishment of companies, institutions, separate structural divisions, including branches, as well as participation in companies, cooperatives or participating in limited partnerships as investors;
the disposition of the property of the Union of consumer societies;
approval of the budget and funds of the Association;
issuing powers of Attorney for conclusion of contracts.
3. matters relating to the exclusive competence of the Council, may not be transferred by them to the decision of the Board of the Union.
4. the Union's Board Meeting shall be held at regular intervals, under the Charter of the Union, but at least once in every six months. The Union Council is empowered to resolve issues, if at a meeting of the Council of the Union is present not less than 50 per cent of its members, including the Chairman of the Council of the Union or his Deputy.
5. the Chairman and members of the Union are elected for a term of five years. The Chairman and members of the Union may be exempt from duty (powers) at any time by decision of the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union. Early elected Chairman or member of the Board of Union is elected for a term of Office of the previous Chairman or a member of the Council of the Union.
6. the Charter govern adoption of Union Council of the Union, the President of the Council of the Union and his deputies of decisions and order of their registration, as well as issues on which decisions of the Union Council Chairman and his deputies have the right to take alone.
7. the Chairman of the Council of the Union, his deputies and other members of the Council are responsible for their decisions in accordance with the Charter of the Union and the Russian Federation.

8. the Council of the Union for the implementation of current activities of the Union has the right to elect the Bureau of the Council of the Union. The Presidency of the Council of the Union is responsible before the Council of Union acts on the basis of approved by the Council of the Union of the provisions on the Presidium of the Council of the Union.
9. The members of the Council should not be members of the Board or the members of the Audit Commission of the Union.
Article 38. The Commission of audit of the Union 1. The Audit Commission monitors compliance with the Charter of the Union Union, economic, financial and other activities of the Union. It is accountable to the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union.
2. The Commission of audit of the Union shall elect from among its members by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Commission of audit of the Union.
3. The Commission of audit of the Union is guided in its activities by the present law, the Charter of the Union, the regulation on the revision Commission of the Union, adopted by the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies Union.
Article 39. Reorganization in eliminating Union 1. Reorganization (merger, accession, Division, separation) is carried out by decision of the general meeting of representatives of the Union of consumer societies and other grounds stipulated by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
2. The conversion of the Union shall be performed by the unanimous decision of all members of the Union of consumer societies.
3. Liquidation of Union shall be by decision of the general meeting of representatives of consumer societies of the Union or by a court decision in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
4. when adopting the general meeting attended by representatives of consumer societies of the decision on liquidation of Union Council Union forthwith in writing notify the authority responsible for the State registration of legal entities.
5. the Council of the Union or ordered the liquidation of Union body shall designate by agreement with the body responsible for the State registration of legal entities, a liquidation Commission (liquidator) and sets the order and terms of liquidation of Union.
CHAPTER IX. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS Article 40. Transitional provisions 1. Consumer organisations, unions, consumer cooperatives, their organizations and agencies, created before the entry into force of this Law, shall be obliged to bring its statutes into line with them within 12 months from the day of official publication of the present law. To bring the statutes in accordance with the present law, consumer organisations, unions, consumer cooperatives, their organizations and agencies are guided by the provisions of existing charters if they do not contradict the provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation and the present law. When the State registration of changes in the statutes of the existing unions view the founding treaties is required.
2. paragraph 3 shall be invalidated the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation dated June 19, 1992 N 3086-I "on the entry into force of the law of the Russian Federation" on consumer cooperatives in the Russian Federation "(records of the Congress of people's deputies of the Russian Federation and the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, 1992, no. 30, art. 1789). decisions of the management bodies of consumer societies, unions, consumer societies on consumer cooperatives ' assets for legal and physical persons, adopted in 1992-1994, lead in accordance with the present law.
3. constituent documents of joint-stock companies, limited liability partnerships, created on the basis of property consumer societies and their unions in violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation, including in the absence of a decision of the supreme body of the consumer society, the Union of consumer societies, subject to adjustment in accordance with the present law within 12 months from the date of its official publication.
Article 2. This federal law shall enter into force on the day of its official publication.
The President of the Russian Federation, b. Yeltsin, Kremlin, Moscow, N 97 July 11, 1997-FZ