An attorney for bribery under Articles 290, 291, 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code

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What to do if you are suspected of giving or receiving a bribe?
The maximum punishment for giving or receiving a bribe to a public official or being a bribery intermediary involves imprisonment for up to 15 years. These crimes are considered extremely serious. Additionally, significant fines (up to 70 times the amount of the bribe) are imposed.

Often, during the initial hours, pressure is exerted on the suspect by law enforcement authorities. In a stressful situation, people may succumb to panic and unintentionally say something which may not correspond to reality. They may enter into a deal with the investigation on unfavourable terms or worsen the situation with impulsive actions.

The outcome of the case depends largely on your actions in the first 48 hours. Any thoughtless statement can lead to undeserved accusations or an increase in the severity of punishment. The punishment depends on the amount of the bribe and the circumstances of the case. The maximum punishments are as follows:
  • Receiving a bribe (Article 290 of the Russian Criminal Code) and giving a bribe (Article 291 of the Russian Criminal Code) — an imprisonment for up to 15 years and a fine of up to 70 times the amount of the bribe, or other penalties with a fine of up to 100 times the amount of the bribe.
  • Bribery mediation (Article 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code) — an imprisonment for up to 12 years and a fine of up to 70 times the amount of the bribe, or other penalties with a fine of up to 80 times the amount of the bribe.

If the bribe was given in the interests of a legal entity, in this case, in addition to criminal liability, the legal entity is also subject to administrative liability under Article 19.28 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. The punishment is a fine of 100 times the amount of the bribe, but not less than 100 million rubles ($ 1,3 million) with confiscation.

It is important to understand that the fact of giving a bribe requires evidence. Even video and audio recordings made during operational activities do not prove the commission of a crime. The transfer of money to a public official is considered a bribe only under certain circumstances.

In most cases, only making a confession (even if later retracted) serves as the main evidence for referring the case to court. Therefore, it is crucial to seek the assistance of an attorney in the first hours. Only an expert can establish the correct course of action and defence strategy.
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What situation are you in?
During investigative actions, you were caught receiving, giving, or mediating in the bribery process (Articles 290, 291, 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code).

What should be done? The best strategy in this case is to remain silent, as allowed by Article 51 of the Сonstitution of the Russian Federation (no one is obliged to testify against themselves, their spouses, or close relatives), even if you were caught red-handed. In any case, you will be detained for 48 hours (Article 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation). Until you receive qualified assistance from an attorney, it is essential not to explain anything to the police, investigative authorities or anyone else while in a detention facility or temporary holding facility.

It is better to provide any information only after consulting with an attorney and developing a defence strategy. An attorney is the only person who can provide you with legal assistance, assess the situation adequately, advise on the information to disclose, and how to present it.
Seek the assistance of an attorney for bribery to protect your rights and legal interests
We provide a comprehensive defence for your interests and rights from the initial hours of the investigation or your detention:
The attorney visits the place of detention or temporary confinement, assesses the risks, and helps develop a defence strategy.
The attorney strives for the release of the suspect or the defendant from custody during the investigation.
The attorney provides assistance during pretrial inspections for further decision to refuse to initiate criminal proceedings.
The attorney offers legal support throughout the investigation and court proceedings: analyses the position of the prosecution and the evidence, assists in forming a defence strategy of your innocence and presenting evidence and arguments to reason your position.
Andrey Olifir, a leading criminal defence attorney and partner at "Rusyaev & Partners"
Our key objective is to build an optimal defence considering all case circumstances and gain tactical advantages from each piece of evidence supporting your innocence.

The attorney's extensive work experience in law enforcement authorities enables to assess the situation objectively, understand how events will unfold, and establish an effective dialogue with law enforcement authorities.

Depending on the case circumstances and investigation progress, we aim to:
  1. Completely exonerate the defendant and preserve his/her reputation.
  2. If the evidence in the case does not allow to avoid criminal liability, our minimum task is to assist you in presenting evidence that you did not commit crimes under Articles 290, 291, 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, as a maximum there could be offences under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation — "fraud." Punishment under this article is less severe and usually results in a suspended sentence.
Cost of attorney services for Articles 290, 291, 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation
The attorney defends the suspect at all stages of the case, from pretrial inspection to court representation. The services may include:
Consultation with the attorney over the phone.
Prompt visit of the attorney during operational and investigative activities or detention.
Situation assessment and development of a defence line.
Collection of evidence to prove the innocence of the suspect, accused, or defendant and the presentation of evidence to law enforcement authorities, the investigation, or the court.
Appeal against the actions of law enforcement authorities and the investigation, as well as other assistance in proving your innocence.
Active assistance in preventing improper classification of the act, i.e., avoiding excessive severity of the crime, its illegal overqualification, etc., as well as challenging these unlawful actions of the investigation when necessary.
Defence of the defendant in court and appeal of the verdict.
20000 rubles / hour ($ 267)
Cost of attorney services
The best way to protect yourself, prevent corruption risks and defend yourself against them is to have a framework agreement with an attorney. You can receive expert consultations at any time, as well as the support of the attorney in emergency situations.
30000 rubles / hour ($ 400)
Cost of attorney’s and company partner’s services
Over 30 years of legal practice in criminal law
7 individuals acquitted and 13 criminal cases terminated on rehabilitating grounds
Obtained the status of attorney in March 2010
Denied the initiation of over 75 criminal cases
Saved over 2.5 billion rubles ($ 33,3 million) for our clients by avoiding fines
Who protects your interests and legal rights?
Andrey Olifir
Company partner, criminal defence attorney specialising in economic and corruption cases
Case Studies
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Bribery sum of over 70 million rubles ($ 930 000) to a public official

All evidence presented by the investigation was refuted, and the criminal case against the company director was terminated after 4 years of investigation.
The director of a major enterprise was accused of repeated bribery to a government official, totaling over 70 million rubles ($ 930 000). The purpose of the bribery was to secure the official's approval of an allegedly inflated price of the equipment supply. The accusation was based on the testimony of the government official.
The alleged agreements and bribery during three meetings between the suspect and the government official, for the alleged approval of a non-inflated contract price, were refuted. Evidence was presented to demonstrate the significant reduction in contract prices caused by the government official. The evidence of the suspect's guilt, including the government official’s polygraph examination results, was challenged.
The accusation of collusion and bribery by the company's director towards the public official has been refuted. The investigation, which lasted over 4 years, was terminated due to the lack of any evidence supporting the existence of agreements or bribery.
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Effective protection
Our attorney objectively assesses the situation and develops an optimal defence strategy. With experience in law enforcement agencies and handling cases in the fields of economics and corruption, we are able to build a strong defence.
Prompt response
You receive assistance from our attorney within a few hours of contacting us. The actions taken in the first 48 hours are crucial in determining the course of the case. Our attorney promptly evaluates the situation and helps define the defence strategy.
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