The Legalization of Russian Documents
As for the legalization of documents, there are two possible cases:
Legalization of Foreign Documents to Be Used in Russia
Foreign documents that are to be used in Russia have to be legalized by the embassy of Russia in the issuing country after undergoing the legalization process in the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any other authorized official institution in accordance with national laws.
In the case of the UAE, documents need to be legalized by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has offices in Dubai and Sharjah.
Documents produced or certified by the embassies of foreign states in Russia need to be legalized by the Consular Department of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Legalization of Russian Documents to Be Used Abroad
Documents prepared by Russian authorities to be used in foreign countries should be legalized, unless otherwise stated by the provisions of international treaties abolishing the legalization process (both Russia and the recipient state should be signatories to such a treaty).
The legalization of these documents is generally performed following these steps:
- the notary office in Russia certifies a copy of the document and its legal translation into a foreign language;
- Russia’s Ministry of Justice certifies the authenticity of the signature and the seal of the notary;
- the Consular Department of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the authenticity of the seal and the signature of the Ministry of Justice’s official;
- after the legalization of the Consular Department, documents have to be legalized by the Consular Section of the Embassy or the Consulate General of the recipient state.