To: Lieutenant General V.V. Kozhokar
Chief, Investigations Department, Russian Interior Ministry
6 Gazetnyy Pereulok, Moscow 125009
From: Defence Lawyers:
Dolomanov and Partners Bar
Gauf and Partners Bar
Gridnev and Partners Bar
In defence of A.F. Borodin
In the established procedure, we are carrying out defence of A.F. Borodin in criminal cases being investigated by the Investigations Department of the Russian Interior Ministry.
Throughout the entire period of the criminal prosecution against A.F. Borodin, officials of the Interior subdivision under your supervision have been conducting a purpose-oriented defamation campaign. Apart from constant “leaks” to the media by “sources close to the Investigations Department who wished to remain anonymous” on criminal cases allegedly under investigation with their specific circumstances named, similar unlawful activity is being conducted officially. Continue reading
Russian law-enforcement agencies have opened a criminal case against unnamed employees of the Bank of Moscow for a 540 million ruble fraud, a source close to the bank said Friday, as cited by RIA Novosti.
The source said that the Bank of Moscow’s employees and other unidentified persons stole 540 million rubles from the bank under the guise of foreign exchange transactions in 2009–2010. Continue reading
The Russian government has appointed former first deputy CBR chairman Gennady Melikyan its representative at VTB Bank’s supervisory board. As an independent director was also nominated Leonid Melamed, deputy board chairman at AFK Sistema, a relevant order was posted on the government’s web site.
As representatives of the Russian Federation in VTB Bank’s supervisory board were also nominated the bank’s current supervisory board chairman Sergey Dubinin, VTB Bank CEO Andrey Kostin, Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Savatyugin, director of the department at the Finance Ministry of Russia Alexey Uvarov and first deputy CBR chairman Alexey Ulyukaev. Continue reading
Author: Vladimir Krasnov, lawyer
“Honest” has been the word of the day lately. The call “For honest elections” has resulted in major shifts in the political coordinate system. This slogan is uniting all those whose sense of dignity dominates, all those who have not lost their civic consciousness.
Among the principal civil and human rights, the right to justice in general and judicial justice in particular is among other rights whose recognition, honouring and protection are proclaimed to be an obligation of the state (Article 2 of the Constitution). It is precisely these inalienable and direct-action rights that determine the sense, content and application of laws and are supported by judicial justice (Article 18); it is from there that general equality before law and court, proclaimed in the Constitution, stems (Article 19).
It would seem that everything is fine: the citizen has his rights and all the state, represented by its plenipotentiaries, does is thinking about honouring them. I am sure that participants in any of the latest rallies, both the Bolotnaya one and the Poklonnaya one, have good grounds to believe that this, regrettably, is far from being that way.
Journalists justifiably believe that their best “article” is Article 29 of the Constitution: “The freedom of mass communication shall be guaranteed. Censorship shall be banned.” Continue reading
The Investigations Department of the Interior Ministry has made yet another strong statement with accusations against Andrei Borodin, founder and former head of the Bank of Moscow. Following time-tested tactics, instead of legal procedural actions of official indictment, the Ministry of Internal Affairs continues to spread publicly unsubstantiated information smearing Borodin’s reputation. Continue reading
It has become known today that Mr Melikyan, former deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank in charge of bank supervision, will most probably form part of the VneshTorgBank (VTB) supervisory board. At first glance, this is a second-rate piece of news; yet, it explains a lot of things in the case of the Bank of Moscow. Continue reading
MP Denis MacShane warns against investing in Russia; A former minister for Europe has urged the Government to attach “health and safety” warnings to promotional material that encourages businesses to invest in Russia.
Denis MacShane, Labour MP for Rotherham, has written to Lord Green, the trade minister, in protest at a conference scheduled for today and sponsored by UK Trade & Investment that will promote Skolkovo, billed as Russia’s Silicon Valley.
Citing the damage caused to companies by “corrupt officials in Russia”, he wrote: “It seems irresponsible for British companies to be putting themselves in harm’s way without full disclosure about the tragedies that could befall them in Russia. Continue reading
Henry Reznik, President of the Moscow Chamber of Lawyers
The first demand of the Bolotnaya rally is immediate release of political prisoners. As though in response to it, Vladimir Putin stated, when meeting with political scientists, that there were no political prisoners in Russia. Now, are there people who should be released? Lawyer Henry Reznik has spoken to Novyye Izvestia about that. Continue reading
Having refused the appeal of Andrei Borodin’s defence team against the decision of Moscow’s Meshchanskiy District Court on 1 February 2012, the Moscow City Court made conclusions that are clearly at odds with law.
“The decision of the Moscow City Court clearly shows that Russian courts refuse to provide judicial protection to my client even in cases when it is by all means provided to all who bring similar claims. There are no doubts that the decision made by the Moscow City Court is politically motivated and is at odds with uniform practice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in totally identical cases and the legal stance of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. In its Decree No. 3-P of 25 March 2005, the Constitutional Court pointed out that severance of a labour contract under Paragraph 2 of Article 278 of the Labour Code of the Russian Federation, as it happened in the case of Mr Borodin and the Bank of Moscow, is inadmissible without the payment of compensation. Nonetheless, the Moscow City Court, in its aspiration to do away with Mr Borodin’s legal guarantees, made a conclusion that is directly opposed to the legal stance of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation,” Mikhail Dolomanov, a lawyer of Andrei Borodin, noted.
The appeal was against the unlawful decision of the Meshchanskiy District Court in Moscow, which refused Andrei F. Borodin’s suit against the Bank of Moscow seeking compensation for an early severance of his labour contract. Andrei Borodin was intending to give the entire amount of the compensation to charity.