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Vadim Klyuvgant

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Areas of Expertise

Vadim’s core expertise encompasses criminal law and criminal proceedings, legal regulation of entrepreneurial and other economic activity, constitutional and state law, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, legislation on advocacy and the bar and attorney professional ethics. Vadim handles very complex and high-profile cases, and cases with a significant foreign component. Vadim participates proactively in drafting legislation as a member of different working groups and in the expert analysis of regulations, including on the federal level.

In 2017 Vadim was elected Vice President of the Moscow Bar Association and Deputy Chairman of the Council for the Protection of Lawyers’ Rights of the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers. He has been a Member of the Board of the Moscow Bar Association since 2015.

From 1979 to 1990 Vladim held various positions with the internal affairs agencies, rising from investigator to head of the investigative department. From 1990 to 1993 he was a people’s deputy of the RFSFR (Russian Federation), a member of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, a member of the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Federation, and a participant in the Constitutional Assembly of the Russian Federation.

From 1991 to 1995 Vladim held the position of Mayor of the city of Magnitogorsk and over the following decade held various executive positions in major companies such as: vice president and deputy CEO of the Stiltex Group; managing director of Nosta Metallhandels GmbH (Germany); vice president of Tyumen Oil Company OJSC; member of the management board and senior vice president for Internal Affairs at SIDANKO Oil Company OJSC, member of the management board and first vice president of Nobel Oil CJSC.

In addition, over the years Vadim has been a pro bono advisor to the Minister of the Russian Federation for Taxes and Duties, the Head of the State Tax Service of the Russian Federation and the editor-in-chief of the Russian Presidential Administration’s newspaper, Rossiiskiye Vesti.

Notable Cases

  • Heading the Russian defence team of the former head of YUKOS, Mikhail Khodorkovsky for seven years (2007-2014).
  • Representing the victims in a case concerning an attack on worshippers at the Moscow synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya Street in January 2006.
  • Defending Y.S. Pivovarov, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Representing on a pro bono basis defendants in a case concerning riots on Bolotnaya Square and in a case concerning an accident on the Moscow metro.

Professional Associations

Vadim is the vice president of the Moscow Bar Association and member of the board of the Moscow Bar Association. Vadim is the deputy chairman of the Council for the Protection of Lawyers’ Rights of the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers.


Vadim is the author of numerous publications on legal and related issues in trade publications and the general media. He is a member of the international team of authors of the monograph “Supremacy of the Law and Problems Ensuring it in Law Enforcement Practice”. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Moscow Advocacy and oversees the Bulletin, a publication of the Moscow Bar Association.