Thank you for your question. The rule is you had to live there two out of the last five years. Not two years while the owner of the apartment.
The US-Russia agreement is there to eliminate double taxation. Therefore, if you're not taxed in Russia, then you can still be taxed in the United States. You would pay capital gains tax which has a rate of 15% if your income is below $400,000 per year and 20% if your income is above that amount.
You need to have, for your own records only, the purchase price and sales
information. You do not have to furnish this to the IRS
unless they ask for further information in the event of an audit
. You would need, at that time, to have an official translation. Therefore, it doesn't hurt to get this now so that you have it in the future.
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