COMMERCIAL COURT JUDGE ACCUSED OF AIDING CRIMINALS  

The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia has requested permission from the Supreme Qualification Board of Judges to commence criminal proceedings against Mrs Irina Baranova, a judge of the Moscow Arbitrazh Court. Baranova’s possible involvement in a raiding attempt was revealed during the investigation into a case of a hostile takeover of a building in central Moscow. It is believed Baranova convinced the building's former owners to attempt to bribe the judge in that case.

Russian law requires law enforcement agencies to seek permission of a qualification board of judges in order to commence any criminal proceedings against judges. This time it was unable to give such permission due to the absence of Mrs Baranova (who allegedly left Russia for health reasons). If the Supreme Qualification Board of Judges approves Bastrykin’s proposal, Judge Baranova will be charged under Article 33 and Article 291 (soliciting a bribe) and Article 159 (large-scale fraud).