Russia’s history with eSignatures started with it recognizing electronic signatures on contracts in 2011, with Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 63-FZ “On Electronic Signature”.

Russia recognizes two types of electronic signatures within its territory:

The key point of difference between an electronic signature and a certified electronic (digital) signature is its admissibility in court. Though both are enforceable, however the certified electronic signature is given more weightage and creditability as evidence.

Key Conditions:

To be considered as a valid signature per the Russian regulations, an eSignature:

Use cases of electronic signature in Russia:

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.

Documents that cannot be e-signed in Russia:


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