Anti-enforcement injunctions in Russia

02.04.2015 Although Kyrgyzstan v. Stans Energy Corp is known as an investment arbitration case having been heard by the Moscow Arbitrazh (Commercial) court on the issue of setting aside the arbitral award there is something else interesting – on 12 March 2015 the court refused the motion on anti-enforcement injunctions in the case.

JSC “Kyrgyzaltyn”, not being the party neither to the investment arbitration case nor to the litigation trial, sought measures on postponing the proceeding of enforcement the Arbitral Award in Canada as well as some others. In the Moscow Arbitrazh (Commercial) court’s ruling the court refused the motion due to several reasons.

First and foremost, the court stresses the JSC “Kyrgyzaltyn” has no the right to seek any measures since in accordance with the procedural law only a party to the proceeding may seek interim measures.

Further, the Moscow Arbitrazh (Commercial) court has not found its competence on granting the sought injunctions but, unfortunately, the Court gives not reasoning why it has not found its competence on the issue.

However, the issue of competence of a Russian commercial court to grant an anti-enforcement injunction is rather controversial. It is well known that an anti-enforcement injunction is a neutral measure granted by both a state court and by an arbitral award. The Commercial Proceeding Code of Russia (hereinafter – the CPC) grants courts the power to take interim measures prescribed by article 90 (1) the CPC. Meanwhile, article 90 (2) the CPC reads as the court may take other interim measures.

The ruling dated on 12 March 2015 is only available in Russian.

Mikhail Samoylov, KIAP

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