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Decriminalization of Commercial Disputes: How Long Must Business Stay Under the Threat of Criminal Persecution?

Wednesday, May 15
09:30 - 11:00

Meeting Room II, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)



February 20, 2019 President Putin addressing to the Federal Assembly raised the question of increasing economic growth rates. One of the main priorities is to improve the business climate and the quality of national jurisdiction. Following the Message to the Federal Assembly, the President instructed the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, together with the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, to analyze the current situation regarding the qualification of actions in the economic sphere and prepare amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation (Articles 108, 109) in order to reduce the motives for detention of persons suspected and accused of committing business crime.

At the business breakfast, experts will discuss the issues of interference of Russian security agencies in civil disputes and the possibility for a change in the law that will prohibit security agencies to use criminal prosecution in corporate disputes.



Nikolay Uskov, Editorial director, Forbes



  • Vadim Volkov, the Institute for the Rule of Law (IRL) at the European University at Saint-Petersburg
  • Victoria Burkovskaya,  Partner, Head of White Collar Crime Practice at EPAM 
  • Kirill Titaev, Senior researcher at the Institute for the Rule of Law (IRL) at the European University at Saint-Petersburg
  • Sergey Belov,  Dean of the Faculty of Law of St Petersburg University
  • Genri M. Reznik,  Senior partner at “Reznik, Gagarin & Partners” law firm
  • Alexander Hurudzhi, The representative of the business ombudsman 

* The Programme may be subject to change