Administrative law

Administrative law — in the sense understood in Russia — covers almost all areas of our lives. You can be held liable for administrative offence for crossing the road in the wrong place, and for the creation of a spacecraft without a license issued by Roscosmos. A fine can either amount to one hundred rubles (for example, for failure to submit information to the tax authority) or to a billion rubles (a “turnover-based” penalty for antitrust law violation).

In order to correctly represent the principal in an administrative case, a lawyer needs to know his way around Administrative Offenses Code (AOC) and in legal relations that are protected by the relevant articles hereof. And this is not to mention the understanding of the procedural features of such cases!


Unfortunately, the existing Administrative Offenses Code is largely outdated. Its provisions are often formulated either incorrectly or incompletely. Despite the continuous amendments, the Code has long been falling short of standards.

The authorities admit it: there has been a working group created in the government to draft a new code. But it is still unclear when the results are to be seen.

The imperfection of the law imposes increased responsibility on lawyers who have to seek justice for clients, despite the poor-quality law.


Bartolius has extensive experience in representing clients in administrative offense cases.

Usually we deal with protecting entrepreneurs from unreasonable claims of state bodies, such as antitrust authorities. But there is another category of cases where the client is trying to achieve justice with the help of authorized state bodies. For instance, in disputes between minority shareholders and the management of their companies, shareholders sometimes have to report to the regulator (Bank of Russia) about violations by the company’s management. For example, when the company refuse to provide shareholders with documents which they are entitled to by law. If the regulator does not support shareholders, then its inaction can be appealed in court.

Our lawyers are well versed in antitrust legislation, corporate law, and other areas. More information can be found in the relevant sections of our website. Of course, our lawyers know all the details of the applicable procedural laws.

Administrative disputes

— Development of strategy and tactics of the process
— Assistance in the commission of examinations
— Witness interviews
— Collection and preparation of evidence
— Representation in courts of any instance and in any region
— Solicitation in the Supreme Court