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1.12. Digital Sandboxes. An Open Discussion on the Law on Experimental Legal Regimes

Friday, May 17
16:00 - 18:00

Hall #2, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

According to the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation national program, the law on experimental legal regimes, also known as the law on "regulatory sandboxes", should be adopted before the end of 2019.

The exceptional importance of the document is explained by the fact that the existing legal norms significantly limit the development and implementation of innovative services and products since their full testing often contradicts the existing legal norms and entails the legal liability of innovators. The creation of special regulatory regimes in which the operation of national legislation would be limited for the purpose of conducting trials would allow creators of innovative solutions to act without risk of breaking the law. In addition, the test results obtained in the sandboxes will give the state the opportunity to improve the regulation of new technologies, relying not only on assumptions but also on the results of specific experiments.

The draft law should allow individuals involved in the development and implementation of digital innovations to implement them and test their usefulness with dropped restrictions, limiting conditions, and other encumbrances established by regulatory legal acts without the risks of violations.


Ruslan Ibragimov

Member of the Board – Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs at MTS PJSC, Statutory Regulation Workgroup of the 'Data Economy' Organization


Education, academic degree:

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, PhD


Professional experience:

In 2006 joined MTS as Director of Legal Department. Prior to joining MTS he worked in the Moscow Bar Association "Ibragimov, Kagan and Partners", held senior positions in the tax and legal advice company «RSM Top Audit», worked in commercial banks.

Board Member, Vice-President of the Russian Association of Corporate Counsel (RCCA). Member of the Russian public organization "Association of Lawyers of Russia" and its Commission on New Technologies and Society Digitalization. Member of the Association of antitrust experts. Member of the Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs for Telekom and Information and Communication Technologies. Senior Director of the Association of Independent Directors. Member of the Council for the Improvement of Arbitration, chaired by the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Autonomous non-profit organization “Data Economy”, Head of the “Regulatory Group” in “Data Economy”.


Specialist area, professional interests:

Legal support - including litigation, M&A transactions (including disputes with foreign countries), corporate governance and brand protection, strategic GR.


Achievements, rewards:


State Award: Medal of the Order for Services to the Fatherland, II degree, 2017



-“For active participation in the improvement of antimonopoly legislation and the development of competition policy”, 2012;

-“For a significant contribution to the development of the regulatory framework of the telecommunications industry and telecommunications services of the Russian Federation, for many years of hard work in the communications industry”, 2015;

-“For special merits in ensuring freedom of competition and effective protection of entrepreneurship”, 2017


The winner of "The best legal departments" in the nomination "Information Sector" (magazine "Corporate Lawyer", 2018)

The winner of "The Best Legal Departments of Russia" in the direction of "Telecommunications" in the nomination "For the construction of an effective system of corporate governance" (magazine "Legal Insight", 2018)


Publications, scientific works: Ruslan is the member of editorial board of the magazine "Competition and Law." Articles of Mr. Ibragimov are published in Russian and foreign thematic publications: “Legal Insight”, “Corporate Lawyer”, “Law”, “Documentary Telecommunications”, “Standard Tribune”, etc.


Igor Alekseev

Government relations and corporate affairs deputy director, Yandex

Elena Borisenko

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, Gazprombank JSC


As the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, Ms. Borisenko is overseeing the Gazprombank’s Legal Department and responsible for addressing all legal matters encountered by Gazprombank and its group of companies.

  • Education

Saint Petersburg State University, Law School (2000)

  • Legal practice

Private legal practice, corporate and commercial law (2000-2008)

Member of Saint-Petersburg Bar Chamber (2001-2008)

  • State Service

2008 - 2009 - Advisor to the Head of the Federal Registration Service

2009 - 2010 - Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation 

Feb. 2010 - March 2011 – Head of the Department of Legal Aid and Cooperation with Judicial System, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation

2011 - 2012 - Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Official Representative of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

2012 - 2015 – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.

Areas of responsibility: development of legal profession: pro bono legal aid, attorneys and bars, notary, forensics, improvement of the national arbitration legislation.

  • Teaching and lecturing

 Saint-Petersburg State University, Law School, State and Administrative Law Department (2013-till now)

Igor Drozdov

Chairman of the Executive Board, Skolkovo Foundation

Andrey Gabov

Chief Researcher, Institute of State and Law of The Russian Academy of Sciences

Anatoliy Golomolzin

Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation

Victor Naumov

Partner – Head of the Russian IP, IT and Telecommunications, Dentons Europe

Denis Novak

Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

Dmitriy Sazonov

Deputy Vice-chairman of the Committee for Economic Policy, Industry, Innovation and Enterepreneurial activity, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Savva Shipov

Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Viktor Vaypan

Vice-Rector, Lomonosov Moscow State University

* The Programme may be subject to change