Vyacheslav Lebedev will give earrings to all sisters

The Supreme Court begins to share the seats of deputies.
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The re-election of Vyacheslav Lebedev as the head of the highest judicial body for a new term did not end staff intrigues: the question of deputy chairmen of the RF Armed Forces should be decided by mid-December. A PASMI source talked about two moves, one of which will be able to maintain its post, and the other will be indicated on the way out.

At the end of September, the Federation Council re-elected Vyacheslav Lebedev as chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. There were no other candidates - Lebedev was the only one who was recommended to be appointed to the high post by the Higher Qualification Collegium of Judges.

Interestingly, this time we decided on the chief judge of Russia much earlier than the expiration of Lebedev’s term of office - his previous contract ended in May 2010. According to the source of PASMI, the question of who will become chairman of the Armed Forces, the country's leadership certainly wanted to decide before the end of the year. The editorial staff then said that, along with Lebedev, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev could apply for this post. But no surprises happened - Vyacheslav Lebedev, who has been heading the country's highest court since 1989, will remain president for another six years.

But now a new intrigue has arisen - who will take the post of deputy chairman of the Supreme Court. According to the source of PASMI, this issue should be resolved by mid-December. As the interlocutor of the publication said, so far there is clarity on two out of seven candidates.

Unsinkable deputy

In particular, it is known that Vasily Nechaev, chairman of the Judicial Collegium for Civil Cases, will remain at his post. He has been Deputy Lebedev since 2006.

In 2014, when the Supreme Court was merged with the Supreme Arbitration Court, Nechaev could leave his post - he did not receive the recommendation of the Special Qualification Collegium of Judges the first time, although he was the only candidate. The reason was “questions for children”: Nechayev’s son at that time worked in the FAS of Moscow Region, and before that he was a judge of the Moscow Arbitration Court. The candidate’s daughter also worked in the same court. But then, apparently, these issues were removed.

Last year, Vasily Nechaev again nearly lost his job due to reaching the age limit of 70 years. The Higher Qualification Collegium of Judges even announced the opening of a vacancy for the head of the Judicial Collegium for Civil Cases of the RF Armed Forces. But soon he entered the State Duma, and then a law was passed that increased the age limit for deputy presidents of the Supreme Court to 76 years. Most likely, this is a simple coincidence, but, as the PASMI source notes, a good working relationship has developed between Vyacheslav Lebedev and Vasily Nechaev.

Meanwhile, Internet resources wrote about the active joint work of Nechaev with Vladimir Pligin, a former deputy of the State Duma. Pligin was called one of the main lobbyists of the lower house of parliament, and according to journalists, his interests were lobbied in the Supreme Court by Deputy Lebedev.

Ambition summed up

Unlike Nechaev, the chairman of the Judicial Collegium for Economic Disputes, Oleg Sviridenko, is likely to leave his post. According to a source from PASMI, the reason is that Sviridenko was trying behind the scenes to get appointed to the post of chairman of the Armed Forces, which Lebedev knew about.

Oleg Sviridenko has been in office since August 2014, before that he was chairman of the Federal Arbitration Court of the Central District.

In 2015, Sviridenko was involved in a scandal: the media reported that the judge of the Moscow Arbitration Court complained about pressure from him to the Prosecutor General’s Office Larisa Sheveleva. The judge allegedly stated that she “could not take the side of the law” in a number of cases. But then Sheveleva stated that the letter was a fake.

Another unpleasant story was related to the doctoral dissertation of Sviridenko. The Dissernet community found borrowings on 170 pages of 300 of scientific work. In August 2015, the Dissernet team turned to the Ministry of Education and Science with a request to deprive the deputy chairman of the Supreme Court of the academic rank. But the complaint was sent to the dissertation council at Moscow State Law University. O.E. Kutafina, of which Sviridenko himself was a member. It is not surprising that the complaint was considered unfounded.

In 2017, online resources again wrote about the pressure of Oleg Sviridenko on judges. With reference to eyewitnesses, it was reported that the chairman of the judicial board for economic disputes publicly spoke out about the result of the consideration of cassation appeals by him in the suit of the Rostov Electrometallurgical Plant against Mechel. The first and appeal instances sided with REMZ, and Sviridenko allegedly demanded that these decisions be rescinded, which was subsequently done.

Pending Reveal

By the way, on the eve of the election campaign in the Supreme Court, Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote about an impending information attack on the chairman of the Russian Supreme Court and his deputies. According to the publication, “several metropolitan PR agencies received contracts for“ discussing ”the judicial topic in the federal media and social networks - preparing materials in completely different styles, from serious comments by experts on the upcoming elections to frankly yellow publications with fake information.”

Along with Vyacheslav Lebedev, Nezavisimaya called the judges making decisions on high-profile economic disputes, among which the aforementioned Vasily Nechaev and Oleg Sviridenko, as well as the first deputy chairman of the Supreme Court, Petr Serkov, as the most vulnerable.

According to the source of PASMI, nothing is known about the chances of Serkov’s re-election. The same can be said of the four deputy head quarters - the head of the Judicial Collegium for Criminal Matters, Vladimir Davydov, the chairman of the Judicial Collegium for Administrative Matters, Tatyana Petrova, as well as of Vladimir Khomchik and Sergey Rudakov, who head the collegium for military personnel and the disciplinary collegium.