5.5. History of Innovation and (Legal) Controversy in Art

Wednesday, May 15
16:30 - 18:30

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

"Every person shall have the right to search for, receive, transfer, produce and disseminate information by any means permitted by law".*

The right to self-expression through creating a piece of art or writing a book is directly associated with the right to see a piece of art or to read a book. This means access to the results of intellectual activity and, in a boarder sense, access to information as a special kind of intangible benefit. The freedom of artistic creativity is a specific instance of the freedom to receive and disseminate information and exchange ideas.

The world is evolving and changing the perception of the facts of life. Things that used to be impermissible, immoral, provocative or "wrong" were criticised, banned and even destroyed in a certain historical period, but they still affected society. Views were changing. Both ideas and material objects that were initially rejected become the norm, and sometimes even deemed cultural heritage. The historical record is peppered with examples. The works of Michelangelo, Manet, Voltaire and many others have travelled a challenging path from denial and bans, to recognition and veneration.

A similar story is told in many spheres, both in arts and literature, and in science and business. Before becoming conventional and "normal", cars and aircraft travelled a thorny path through conflict, resistance and restrictions to becoming acceptable and permissible. Regulation had to follow technological, industrial and worldview changes. Law undergoes amendments along with the changes in the vision of the world: IP law, commercial law, information law, etc.

Innovation always provides for bilateral relations between the artist and spectator, the inventor and user, and the producer and consumer. The right of the one correlates with the right of the other. In this case, the role of a third party - the regulator -  is important, on one part, to set the boundaries of what is permitted and, on the other part, to support and develop innovation giving an artist, writer or inventor an opportunity to demonstrate the results of his/her work, and giving a spectator, user or consumer a chance to find and receive necessary information easily.

Culture professionals and lawyers will take part in the discussion.


* Part 4 of Article 29 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.


Yana Miloradovskaya

Editor-in-Chief, Sobaka.ru


Mrs. Miloradovskaya was appointed as Editor-in-chief of Sobaka.ru in 2007.

Mrs. Miloradovskaya is a creative director of the all-Russian network Sobaka.ru, which is a media brand about outstanding people from St. Petersburg. Multimedia projects of Sobaka.ru are published in 20 cities of Russia.

Mrs. Miloradovskaya studied art history at the Faculty of History of St. Petersburg State University. Before the collaboration with Sobaka.ru magazine Mrs. Miloradovskaya worked as a junior researcher at the State Russian Museum as well as the head of the culture department of the news portal on Mail.Ru.


Elena Kalnitskaya

General Director, State Museum Reserve 'Peterhof'

Till Olbrich

Deputy General Counsel, Philip Morris International


Mr. Olbrich was appointed Deputy General Counsel in 2017.

Mr. Olbrich is Deputy General Counsel at Philip Morris International where he manages a group of 240 lawyers and legal professionals around the world. Since he joined the company in 2005, he has held a wide range of positions in the Law Department and Corporate Affairs, covering such areas as brand protection, supply chain practices, product development, tobacco product regulation, sustainability, litigation, public policy and commercial law.

Mr. Olbrich studied law in Germany and Switzerland. He holds a degree from the University of Leipzig and is admitted to the bar in Germany. Prior to Philip Morris International, Mr. Olbrich worked in private practice at the law firms of Hengeler Mueller in Germany and Wachtell Lipton in the United States.

Mikhail Piotrovskiy

General Director, The State Hermitage Museum

Aleksandr Sergeev

Professor of the Civil Law and Procedure of the Law Faculty, HSE University in Saint Petersburg


Alexander Sergeev, Doctor of Law, is a recognized expert in the area of civil law and intellectual property regulation.

In addition to scientific and scholastic activities, Alexander Sergeev has been advising private companies and organizations for over twenty five years. He has represented his clients' interests in courts of various instances, including the Constitutional Court of Russia, the Supreme Court of Russia and the Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia, as a representative to parties and an expert. Alexander Sergeev has acted as an expert on Russian law in international and foreign arbitration and state courts on several occasions.

Alexander has membership with a number of scientific, advisory and editing councils; in 2000-2010 he sat as a member on the expert council to the Supreme Personnel Review Board of the Russian Federation. Alexander Sergeev is the President of the International Court of Arbitration UST (St Petersburg) and a judge of the International Commercial Arbitration Court to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation and of a number of other courts of arbitration.

Professional experience

  • 2006 – present Counsel, DLA Piper
  • 2015 – present Director of the civil law and civil procedure department, Branch of National Research University Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg
  • 2006 – 2015 Director of the civil law department, Law Faculty, St Petersburg State University of Economics
  • 1992 – 2006 Director of the civil law department, Law Faculty, St Petersburg State University


Alexander Sergeev is the author of over 180 scientific works, including 16 monographs on civil, copyright and patent law issues. He is a co-author and editor of a three-volume textbook on civil law, the editorial board of which received the highest award of the Association of law schools and departments of Russia for creating the best national textbook for law schools, and in 2002, – the award of the Russian government in the sphere of education (State Award). Alexander Sergeev is a co-author and editor of the Commentary to parts one, two, three and four of the Civil Code of Russia, the author of a fundamental monograph "Intellectual property rights in the Russian Federation". Since 1992 he has been participating in the drafting and analysis of numerous legislative acts in Russia as well as the laws and by-laws of St Petersburg.


Alexander has been conferred a number of national awards for merits in scientific and scholastic activities. In 1996 he was recognized as the Best Lawyer of St Petersburg and awarded a prize 'For merits in legal science.' Alexander is awarded the Order of Friendship, A. Koni medal, medal in Commemoration of 300th Anniversary of St Petersburg and others. He was awarded the title of 'Honoured Worker of the Higher School.'

Best Lawyers recognises Alexander as being one of the best lawyers in Russia in Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution in 2010-2016. He was recognised as the 'Lawyer of the Year' in Russia in Dispute Resolution (2010, 2014) and Intellectual Property (2013, 2015, 2016) in the same ranking.

Nikolay Uskov

Editorial Director of Russian Forbes


Mr. Uskov was appointed as an Editorial Director of Forbes Russia in 2019.

Mr. Uskov is an author of the book «Unknown Russia. The Amazing Story» and also of a series of detective books and science materials. Nikolay became an award winner of «Russian Gold feather» for high creative achievements. During the career he works with global brands and projects.

Mr. Uskov studied history at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Nikolay learned the medieval period of history and this theme is one of the interesting knowledges for him. Mr. Uskov was Head of the top glossy issues in Russia – Men’s Health, GQ, GQ Style, Forbes and «Snob» project in 2000 - 2018; was a founder of GQ Bar along with one of the popular restauranteurs Arkadiy Novikov, and other business partners.

* The Programme may be subject to change