ON SOME LEGAL MATERIAL ISSUES IN THE RULING
OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN
FEDERATION REGARDING THE INVOCATION
FOR SUBSIDIARY LIABILITY
I.V. GORBASHEV ,
State Counsellor of Justice, 3rd Class,
Member of the Bankruptcy Group of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation
This paper examines the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation regarding
subsidiary liability of persons controlling the debtor in case of bankruptcy. The relevance
of subsidiary liability of persons controlling the debtor in case of bankruptcy was growing
previous years as well as the number of court cases and some problem issues in this sphere
should be highlighted. New provisions of the law enacted in summer 2017 (which enlarged
legal base for subsidiary liability) on the one hand filled the gaps in legal regulation, but
on the other hand it did not give all the answers and, moreover, entailed new questions.
That’s why the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation had to react by issuing massive
ruling after short period of time since new provisions of the law were enacted. The article
has the same structure as material legal issues of the ruling and, from this point of view,
the article looks like commentary. The following issues are discussed in the article: reasons
for subsidiary responsibility in Russian law, specific in defining the person who controlling
the debtor in case of bankruptcy, who typical reasons for subsidiary liability – for not
providing documents and for failure to fully satisfy the creditors’ claims by controlling
person’s fault, and also statute of limitation for such cases.
Keywords: subsidiary liability; bankruptcy; delict; controlling person; impossibility
of providing documents; impossibility to fully satisfy the creditors’ claims; statute of
limitation for indirect collective action.
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Information about the author
Gorbashev I.V. (Moscow) – State Counsellor of Justice, 3rd Class, Member of
the Bankruptcy Group of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (121260,
Moscow, Povarskaya St., 15; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).