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5.3. Criminal Law in Relation to Economic Offenses: Further Measures

Wednesday, May 16
15:00 - 17:00

Hall #7, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

The main concept of the session: Evaluation of the changes in the criminal law regulations related to economic offenses for the creation of better environment for safe business operations in Russia. Development of new approaches to administrative and criminal-law barriers to business expansion. The role of new legislative initiatives by business and expert community in the area of criminal law for changes to domestic legislative landscape and applicable law humanization for better appeal of the Russian jurisdiction.

Issues for discussion:

  1. Further measures of criminal law humanization in relation to business.
  2. Specifics of the law-enforcement system’s influence on legal regulation and business climate.
  3. International statutory regulation practice.
  4. Evaluation of damages resulting from power pressure on business.
  5. Choice of detention as a measure of restraint for the purpose of illegal takeover.
  6. Indemnification for property damages suffered as the result of illegal or unjustified criminal prosecution.
  7. Growing number of registered offenses under Sec. 145.1 of the Criminal Law of the Russian Federation “Non-payment of Salaries” as a sign of the economic recession enhancement.
  8. Application of Sec. 169 of the Criminal Law of the Russian Federation “Obstruction of Legal Entrepreneurship”.


Aleksandr Kalinin

President, All-Russian Non-governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business OPORA RUSSIA


Aleksey Ananyev

Managing Partner, Legal Bureau OPORA

Victoria Burkovskaya

Partner - Head of Criminal and Legal Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners


Victoria has extensive experience of representing both Russian and foreign clients in legal proceedings at various stages from opening criminal cases to court hearings. She specialises in handling cases on corruption and financial crime, fraud and tax evasion, money laundering, smuggling, and crimes against government property.

Victoria is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris). She also acts as Co-Chair of the ‘Business against Corruption’ public center (under the auspices of the Delovaya Rossiya). In addition to her legal practice, Victoria is involved in drafting amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and other initiatives aimed at modernization of Russian regulatory framework.

She graduated from Moscow State Law Academy. She completed postgraduate studies at the Research Centre for the Enhancement of the Rule of Law and Public Order of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation. In 2000, Victoria obtained her PhD in criminal law, and in 2006, she received a Doctor of Laws degree by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Management Academy.

In 2015, the Russian Ministry of Justice awarded her with diploma for effective assistance in solving the tasks assigned to the Ministry.

Vladimir Gruzdev

Chairman of the Executive Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia

Aleksandr Gutsan

The Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

Aleksandr Klaus

Head of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation on the City of St. Petersburg

Andrey Nazarov

Co-Chairman of Delovaya Rossiya, Executive Сo-Chairman of Business Against Corruption Center for Public Procedures

Irina Novikova

Partner, PwC Advisory

Dmitri Petrovichev

Member of Presidium - Head, Bureau for the Protection of the Rights of Enterpreneurs and Investors Under OPORA RUSSIA

Aleksandr Potapov

Chairman, Altay Republic Regional Office of OPORA RUSSIA

Andrey Tenishev

Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation

* The Programme may be subject to change