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Lidings' Counsel Stepan Guzey commented on the initiative of Ministry of Justice

Stepan Guzey, a Counsel of Corporate and Tax practice at Lidings, participated in the discussion dedicated to a draft Federal law introduced by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation stating that citizens now obtain the right to apply to court with collective claims. Mr. Guzey has shared his views and opinions on perspective application of this innovative change live on ExpertTV.

The story, highlighting this draft Federal law that has been introduced to the Government of RF, was released on August 2nd. Currently, Russian citizens do not have any legislative rights to address collective claims; however, this may change soon in case the Ministry of Justice’s initiative will be approved by the Government. Stepan Guzey pointed out that creators of this law have used rather wide terms when identifying specific situations that can be subjects to addressing collective claims, stressing out that acts and standards stated in this draft law will create a broad perspective for the citizens’ ability to protect their rights collectively. Moreover, in case this draft law is approved Russia will make a step farther than any other European country where at this point the possibility of addressing collective claims is very conditional and available only to certain specific unions and associations and extends to a narrow range of issues regarding protection of consumer rights.

According to Stepan Guzey, at this point the Ministry of Justice’s initiative is aimed primarily at reducing the workload of the courts by creating a procedural economy in terms of dealing with particular issues. "I hope it will contribute to a more stable, clear and transparent legal practice, both for professionals and for ordinary citizens on which this bill is targeted", - said Lidings’ Counsel.

The second part of the draft law is aimed to define conditions allowing to challenge normative regulations in court. In Stepan Guzey’s opinion, it will give the citizens an opportunity to more widely use the law to protect their interests from the actions of unscrupulous officials violating rules and regulations of the Federal laws. This initiative should be direct and logical continuation of the course determined by the Government in order to facilitate the access to public services for the citizens and legal entities and ease their direct communication with government officials to solve specific issues.

"In my opinion, this is a very positive trend, especially when the draft law explicitly mentions municipal and state services that are available through the Internet portal. Thus, the draft law makes the system of normative regulations that regulate the relationship between the Government, actions of officials and legal entities and individuals more transparent", - said Stepan Guzey.

To learn more about the story dedicated to the draft Federal law initiated by the Ministry of Justice, please visit TV channel’s website.

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