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6.6. A Private Person Advocating Public Interests: Legal Interests? Legal Curiosity? Legal Racketeering?

Friday, May 17
11:00 - 13:00

Hyde Park, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Is it possible for private individuals to advocate wider common interests? When and in what manner is it possible for them to do so? In the proposed discussion, we plan to explore the activity boundaries for individual activists. How do we know if the activist is genuinely trying to make up for the government’s failure to deliver on its duty to advance the common good, or is only in it out of his personal mercantile interest or, worse still, is committing an act of legal subversion? We will address these questions with the aid of examples taken from most sensitive areas of public life, such as culture, urban development and public procurement.


Roman Bevzenko

Partner, Pepeliaev Group

Ekaterina Smirnova

Head of Antitrust Law Practice, Ivanyan & Partners


Konstantin Bogomolov

Russian Theater Director and Poet

Ivan Medvedev

Associate Professor of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development and Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, NRU HSE

Yuliy Tay

Managing Partner, Bartolius Law Office

* The Programme may be subject to change