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By Elena Novikova, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Legal and Economic Studies.
We are pleased to introduce the revival of our activity with the title "Expert support of West-Russia dialogue”.
The Center is a group of independent experts, mostly but not exclusively Russian,  working both inside and outside  the country...

The Center exists as a virtual ground since April, 2014.






Leszek Balcerowicz agreed to play an outstanding role in Ukraine's history - to help the country make significant economic changes in the conditions of crisis and the Russian aggression.

Professor of Higher School of Economics Leonid Grigoriev, "Russia: oil and the economy. New Trends".

At one's own suit.

Olga Filene: all citizens of Russia have less trust in the courts, but are increasingly at suit.

CommersantЪ Ogonek.

Ex-Judge Tamara Morschakova: Amnesty is profoundly discriminatory.

Interview of RainTV.

Rule of Law Index of Russia, 2013

The World Justice Project - an independent non-profit international organization whose purpose is to analyze the level of democratization around the world, published the latest report World Justice Project, which discloses the state of the rule of law in 97 countries including Russia.

Center published the international collective monograph

Rule of Law as  the Economic Factor

Report on Rule of Law and Economic development. McGill University and Lecs-Center, December, 2012, (in English).

General Prosecution of Russia established Department of supervision of businesmen right's obidance

Criminal prosecution of businessmen is not virtual

Council of Federation agreed the law humanizing punishment for economic crimes

Russia's President announced the amnesty possibility

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Let's check our spelling. How to get rid of the accusatory in the courts.

M.Barschevsky and T.Morshchakova on the possibility to get rid of accusatory bias in the courts. An article in "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" on 24 September 2013.

Civil control: public and parliament commissions, independent prosecutors

Civil control of law enforcement agencies and state's first persons, of human rights, executing laws and their correlation to accepted international agreements and conventions exists in any democratic society. Such control is exercised via the independent and parliament commissions, institute of independent prosecutors and Commissioner for Human Rights. The Center's experts as members of the independent commissions deal with the resonance having criminal cases and this work of out-of-system institutions is almost single in Russia possibility to move the needed process of criminal legislation humanization in economic sphere from the "dead point".

Fitzgerald commission report

Roderick A. MacDonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law.
Analysis of forms and functions of independend investigation commissions (Royal Commissions) in Canada. Brief review and bibliography. McGill University, 20.07.2011

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Симпозиум "Уголовная политика и бизнес"

April 2012. Roundtable “Criminal Policy’s Impact on the Economics”

The roundtable “Criminal Policy’s Impact on the Economics” took place on April 4, 2012 in the mainframe of XIII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development held by Higher School of Economics. Center of Legal and Economic Studies experts, together with invited lawyers, economists and other experts discussed the growing pressure of Russian law enforcement bodies on business, intensification of legislations’ repressive functions in economic sphere. In Russia every sixth business is prosecuted and this fact influences the speed of economic development, but changes of that practice are impossible if the practicing lawyers inside the law enforcement system and officials of the State bodies will not be interested in the reform.

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Mr. S. Alexeev - one of the biggest lawyers of nowadays, state and public personality.

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Humanization of criminal legislation in economic sphere is one of the most important questions in the Center of Legal and Economic Studies' agenda. These days in modern Russia criminal prosecution becomes the global instrument of the State's pressure on businessmen and the way to manage the economy, it gives birth to emigration moods in society and seriously worsen the investment climate.

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Amnesty of businessmen must be the first step on the way of criminal legislation in economic sphere humanization, that is the only measure that can may improve the country's investment climate and recover the business comunity's trust to the state. Today more than 100 000 people are held in prison who are convicted for economic crimes, every sixth businessmen is criminally prosecuted, a lot of cases brought into action "in the absence of injured". Significant number of businessmen are imprisoned for ordered cases that are used as instrument to take property away. Refuse to change the crinimal policy toward business will mean that the State tryes to build "market economy without businessmen".

Appeal of experts and public to the President of Russia. On amnesty of prosecuted businessmen

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Elena Novikova. Rule of law as the challenge of the time. Chapter from book "Rule of Law as Economic Factor", Moscow, 2012.

Andrey Fedotov. Rule of law: problems of comprehension. Chapter from book "Rule of Law as Economic Factor", Moscow, 2012.

Peter Solomon, “Criminal Prosecution and the Regulation of Business".Chapter from book "Rule of Law as Economic Factor", Moscow, 2012.

Mikhail Subbotin. Investment Climate and Rule of Law: Theory and International Experience.

Leonid Grigoriev. Second Start of the Transformation of the Ukrainian Economy.

Mikhail Subbotin. At the Dawn Of a New Energy Paradigm.

Mikhail Subbotin. Life After the Trend Had Broken.

Mikhail Subbotin. When the Politicians Were Big.

Mikhail Subbotin. Life After the Trend Had Broken.

Mikhail Subbotin. Not a Freeloader, But Partner.

Mikhail Subbotin. Courts As Sanctions.

Leonid Grigoryev. Analysis of current trends in the socio-economic development of Ukraine.

Leonid Grigoryev. Assessment of the competitive environment in Russia.

Leonid Grigoryev. Russia's entry into the economic and social crisis: Trends of 2015 and the comparative analysis.

Leonid Grigoryev. Human development in conditions of economic instability.

Leonid Grigoryev. Socio-economic crisis in Ukraine.

Peter H. Solomon, Jr. Must Low Rates of Acquittal Imply Prosecutorial Bias? The Impact of Pretrial Screening and Prosecutorial Discretion in Post-Soviet Countries and the West.

Peter H. Solomon, Jr. Law and Courts in Authoritarian States.

Peter H. Solomon, Jr. Enhancing the Independence of the Individual Judge.

Report by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, following his visit to the Russian Federation, from 3 to 13 April 2013

Security forces' business: the criminal policy. Program "Dialog", TV channel RBC, April 17, 2012

Vladimir Radchenko. The most unhuman court - for businessmen. Forbes, April 11, 2012

Rule of Law and problems of its' enforecemnt in law enforecement practice, 2009 (digest in .pdf)

Rule of Law in Russia, 2010 (in .pdf format)

Vladimir Pastukhov. The Revolution Betrayed. Novaya gazeta, №1, January 9, 2013 .

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On special prosecutors in the USA

Unofficial translation by "Arnold & Porter LLP" of UK law "On Bribery", 2010


Statement by R. Thornbough, former US General Prosecutor, in sub-sommission on crime, terrorism and national security of Chamber of Representatives of the US Congress

Over-criminalization and the need of legislative reform.




The Center for Legal and Economic Studies is organization established in 2010 by a renowned group of Russian legal experts and economists, including former justices of the highest judicial bodies in Russia. The Center seeks to support the development of the rule of law in Russia, with an emphasis on reducing the abuse or misuse by state officials of criminal law as it is applied to entrepreneurial activity.

Roundtable of business and power representatives,
May 25, 2011, business-center "Alexander House", Moscow

The experts affiliated with the Center have published a collective monograph entitled “Rule of Law in Russia - Issues of Implementation, Enforcement and Practice”. The monograph was published in Russian (2009) and English (2010) by Statut Publishers. In 2010, the Center developed a Concept for the Development of the Russian Criminal Code Chapter on Business Crimes, as well as a set of proposed amendments to the Code. On September 16, 2010, the Center presented the Concept at the public hearings in the State Duma.

The Center is now providing expert advisory support to both the Presidential Administration and the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation on an ongoing basis.





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