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INTERIM MEASURES. HOW TO REBUILD RUSSIA?!

PROBLEMS OF CIVIL PROCEDURE


Yu.V. TAI, S.L. BUDYLIN

Yu.V. TAI,
Candidate of Legal Sciences, Managing Partner of JSB “Bartolius”,
Professor, School of Public Law, Faculty of Law, National Research University
Higher School of Economics

S.L. BUDYLIN,
Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Advisor to JSB “Bartolius”,
Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Law, National Research University
Higher School of Economics

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2020-10-4-89-130

Interim measures are supposed to ensure adjudication process efficiency. However, in practice
interim measures themselves are often used inefficiently. A serious problem in the Russian
civil and economic jurisprudence is the problem interim measures’ proportionality. In this
article we discuss the problem of interim measure application by Russian courts. We analyze
relevant statutory provisions, highest court guidelines, and case-law. For comparison, we
analyze procedure rules of England and the U.S., related to interim measures, as well as the
UNCITRAL arbitration rules. We conclude that there are serious problems with the usage
of interim measures in Russia an make some proposals on how to improve the situation. We
believe that the key parameter for making a decision on introducing interim measures is the
likelihood of claimant’s success on the merits; however, this parameter is mentioned neither
in the statutory text nor in highest courts’ guidelines. As a result, courts routinely impose
interim measures, highly burdensome for defendants, even in rather unrealistic suits. The
interim measures problem is especially burning in cases relating to managers’ subsidiary
responsibility in bankruptcy, where courts often introduce arrests of defendants’ property
for amounts several orders of magnitude higher than their personal fortune.

Keywords: interim measures; proportionality; bankruptcy; Russia; England; U.S.;
UNCITRAL.

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Information about the author

Yu.V. Tai (Moscow, Russia) – Candidate of Legal Sciences, Managing Partner of
JSB “Bartolius”, Professor, School of Public Law, Faculty of Law, National Research University
Higher School of Economics (38 Stremiannyi Lane, Moscow, 115054, Russia;
e-mail: tay@bartolius.com).

S.L. Budylin (Moscow, Russia) – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences,
Advisor to JSB “Bartolius”, Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Law, National Research University
Higher School of Economics (38 Stremiannyi Lane, Moscow, 115054, Russia;
e-mail: sergey.budylin@bartolius.com).

Recommended citation

Tai Yu.V., Budylin S.L. Obespechitel’nye mery. Kak nam obustroit’ Rossiiu?! [Interim
Measures. How to Rebuild Russia?!]. Vestnik grazhdanskogo protsessa – Herald of Civil
Procedure, 2020, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 89–130. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.24031/2226-
0781-2020-10-4-89-130

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