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Anatoly Kucherena

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Nationality  Russian
Spouse  Olga Maidan
Role  Attorney

Name  Anatoly Kucherena
Occupation  Lawyer
Movies  Snowden
Anatoly Kucherena
Full Name  Anatoly Grigorievich Kucherena
Born  August 23, 1960 (age 55) (1960-08-23) Mindra, Calarasi District, Moldova (then Moldavian SSR)
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Anatoly Grigorievich Kucherena (Russian: Анатолий Григорьевич Кучерена; born August 23, 1960) is a Russian attorney, public figure, Doctor of Law, and professor. From mid-2013, Kucherena has represented former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's interests in the Russian Federation. Kucherena continues to represent Snowden pro bono on an occasional basis. In 2013, according to Izvestia he was known as a person spoken pro forbiding anonymizer software, prosecuting development, distribution and usage of it by including them into "malware" software category (which contradicts the terminology used in the industry).


In June 2014, American film director Oliver Stone acquired rights to a screen adaptation of Kucherena's novel, Time of the Octopus, the story of fictional American whistleblower Joshua Cold. Threatened by his government and waiting for a decision on his request for Russian asylum, Cold spends three weeks in the transit area of the Moscow airport. Stone said, "Anatoly has written a 'grand inquisitor'-style Russian novel weighing the soul of his fictional whistleblower against the gravity of a 1984 tyranny that has achieved global proportions." The book, first in a "psychological-political thriller trilogy," is set to be released on March 3, 2015, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. The Moscow Times reported that Kucherena said Snowden had already received a copy of the book and liked it. In April 2015, WikiLeaks revealed that Oliver Stone paid $1 million for the movie rights to Kucherena's novel.


  • Kucherena was born in the village of Mîndra, Călărași District, Moldova (formerly Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic).
  • In 1979-1981, he did his military service in the Soviet Army (missile troops) serving at the Kapustin Yar and Aralsk launching ranges. He left the service as a squad leader.
  • In 1991, Kucherena graduated from the All-Union Correspondence Law Institute (now Kutafin Moscow State Law University).
  • Since 1993, he is a member of the Moscow City Bar Association. In 1993-1995, he worked at the First Moscow Legal Advice Center where Henri Reznik, a prominent Soviet and Russian lawyer, was his mentor.
  • Since December 26, 2001, Head of Chair, Bar and Notariat, Kutafin Moscow State Law University.
  • In 1995, Kucherena established and became the head of one of the first law offices – Argument Attorneys at Law (since 2003, Kucherena & Partners Law Firm).
  • Kucherena is a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation since 2005.
  • Kucherena is the Chairman of Public Council at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation since 2013, the Chairman of the Central Council, the All-Russia Social Movement Civil Society, and the Chairman of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation (non-profit foundation).
  • In 1999, Kucherena defended his master’s thesis on Administrative Justice in Defense of Human and Civil Rights and Freedoms in the Russian Federation.
  • In 2003 Kucherena became the Doctor of Law with the thesis on Advocacy Role in the Civic Society Formation in Russia.
  • High-profile cases and clients

  • In 1997-2001, Kucherena defended Platon Obukhov, a writer and diplomat on charges of “spying” for the United Kingdom. The court found Obukhov not responsible on the grounds of mental illness and ordered to transfer him from prison to a psychiatric clinic. In 2003, he was discharged from the clinic for outpatients’ treatment.
  • In 2000-2005, Kucherena represented Tamara Rokhlina charged of murdering her husband, General Lev Rokhlin. In 2000, she was sentenced to 8-year imprisonment. The sentence was reversed by the Supreme Court in 2001 and a new 4-year suspended sentence judgment was passed in 2005. In the same year, the European Rights Court recognized that Rokhlina’s rights were violated in the investigation—in particular, she served an excessive term in detention.
  • At different times, Kucherena also represented:

  • Businessman Sergey Lisovsky (Boris Yeltsin’s electoral campaign funding in 1996 case);
  • Valentin Kovalev, former Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation;
  • Nikita Mikhalkov, film director and public figure;
  • Singer Iosif (Joseph) Kobzon;
  • Businessman Suleyman Kerimov, charged in the Uralkali case in Belarus;
  • Grigory Lepsveridze (known as Grigory Leps), a Russian crooner blacklisted in the U.S.A. on accusations of being a money courier for the Brothers’ Circle, a Eurasian criminal organization. The news sparked a public outcry and a petition in support of the singer posted on the U.S. White House website;
  • Viktor Yanukovych, fugitive ex-president of Ukraine;
  • Edward Snowden, former CIA employee and NSA contractor. As of February 2015, Kucherena represented Snowden pro bono on an occasional basis.
  • Literary works

    Anatoly Kucherena authored the following books (all in the Russian language)

  • The Ball of Lawlessness. Attorney’s Diagnosis. — Moscow, Politbureau Publishers, 1999. — 351 pages
  • Advocacy Role in the Civic Society Formation in Russia. — Moscow, Penates Publishers, 2002. — 223 pages.
  • Advocacy under Judicial Reform. — Moscow, Penates Publishers, 2002. — 87 pages.
  • Origin and Fundamental Operating Principles of Russian Advocacy. — Moscow, Law and Life Publishers, 2002.
  • Who Stands to Gain from It? Attorney’s Biased Notes. — Moscow, 2003. — 238 pages.
  • Rule of Force — Feebleness of Law. — Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2003. — 350 pages.
  • We Cannot Do Without Bloodshed… — Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2003. — 253 pages.
  • Between the Public and the State. 30 Centuries of Civic Societies. — Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2004. — 317 pages.
  • Advocacy: Textbook. — Moscow, Lawyer Publishers, 2004. — 351 pages.
  • Advocacy: Textbook. — 2nd reworked and supplemented edition. — Moscow, Lawyer Publishers, 2006. — 751 pages.
  • Attorney’s Resource Book. — Rostov-on-Don, Felix Publishers, 2007. — 1004 pages. — (Legal Advisor).
  • Housing Disputes: Legal Reference Book for the Public. — Rostov-on-Don, Felix Publishers, 2008. — 445 pages. — (Legal Advisor).
  • From the State Terror to the Mercy Era. In 2 volumes: Vol. 1. — Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2008. — 560 pages; Vol. 2. — Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2008. — 383 pages.
  • Daydreamers of the Civic Society. Four Years in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. – Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2009. — 576 pages.
  • Magna Charters. How Human Rights Were Melt in the Fire of Four Revolutions. – Moscow, National Review Publishers, 2011. — 536 pages, with pictures.
  • References

    Anatoly Kucherena Wikipedia

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