19 November 2020
Victoria Burkovskaya to speak at the annual RCCA conference held jointly with the Russian Constitutional Court

This summer, St. Petersburg is to host an annual conference sponsored by the Russian Corporate Counsel Association (RCCA) jointly with judges of the Russian Constitutional Court. Victoria Burkovskaya, Partner heading the White Collar Crime Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is to speak at the event.

The topic of the upcoming conference is “Problems of the Standard of Proof”. Lower guarantees of respect for rights and freedoms of businessmen, as well as the public at large, result from a weaker standard of proof. This is a method and a tool used by any government seeking to extend its influence on the community and businesses beyond the law.


  • Part I. General Assessment of the Problem. Theoretical and constitutional requirements to the standard of proof. The Russian Constitutional Court’s view of the duty of regulatory bodies and courts to ensure a proper level of proof.
  • Part II. Adherence to the Standard of Proof in Regulatory Activities. Disregard of procedural rules as a factor of a lower quality of proof. Problems of proof in various areas of law (tax, customs, antitrust, etc.). General factors affecting the extensive disregard of the duty to submit quality evidence.
  • Part III. Problems of the Quality of Proof in Cases over Economic Crimes. Investigative agencies’ initiatives to “tame” expert institutions.
  • Part IV. Lower Strictness of Courts as the Key Term of Development of Adverse Trends for Standards of Proof. Prevention of “protectionist” approaches to governmental authorities.
  • Part V. Evidence in the Digital Era. Problems of electronic digital signatures, recording on evidence on the Internet, submittal of electronic evidence in court etc.

Victoria Burkovskaya will provide a report named “Standards of Assessment of the Evidence Given by Co-Defendants and Witnesses in the Case” at Part III.

Full details of the event will be available at the RCCA website here.