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Intellectual property (Russia)
I’m looking for an expert on Russian law to speak to me for 5 minutes – it seems that a death metal band called Cannibal Corpse are about to tour Russia, in spite of warnings from Orthodox activist groups about the tour being a contravention of blasphemy laws.

I’d like to speak to an expert on what Russia’s response will be – will it throw the band in prison, as it did Pussy Riot?

I’d basically like you to answer the following two questions:

1. Will Putin throw Cannibal Corpse in jail, or will he resist this option?

2. What will be the main considerations behind his decision?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
Hi Karina,

My wife and I are filing for divorce and I wanted to request your consultation
to determine if it is better to file in Russia or in the US.

Background:
I am an American citizen. My wife is Russian.
We have been married for 8 years and have two children.
We were married at ZAGS in St. Petersburg (our official marriage certificate is Russian).
We have resided in the US.

Question:
We are trying for an uncontested divorce and would like to agree on everything if possible and I would like to proceed so that everything is fair for my ex-wife and children. However I am concerned about the amount of spousal maintenance (alimony) that will be required if I file for divorce in the US.

This would be a fixed dollar amount based on my current earnings at my job here. However my plan is to move back to Russia following our divorce where I will do freelance / consulting work which might not be as stable as my current job. In that case I believe a % of my income would be more appropriate as I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to necessarily pay the fixed dollar amount based on my job in the US. I have heard that in Russia there is no spousal support but only child support which would be 25% of my income for each child. I believe that this would be a better situation given the circumstances.

So this brings me to my question(s)- is it possible for me to file for divorce in Russia? I could be the in person and feel comfortable communicating with the officials however my wife would likely not be present. What could I expect in terms of timeline and outcomes? In your opinion does it make more sense for me to file in the US or in Russia?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
I am an American woman married to a Russian man since 2012. I gave birth to our daughter in New York in February 2015. She has an American birth certificate and social security card, no other papers.

I want to file for divorce and full custody from my state, but I don't know what is going on with my husband. He came to New York one week before our daughter was born, got his name on the birth certificate, and left 8 weeks later after much arguing. He broke property, wrecked my car in September, and there are witnesses to his verbal abuse. He is angry that I left Russia for the U.S. (I am only American, I don't even speak Russian) and I don't see any reconciliation (he is angry, unapologetic and does not want to move to the U.S. and I don't want to live with him in Russia again).

My husband wants to be in our daughter's life somehow - he insists she must visit Russia, and he wants to visit New York next month to see his daughter. I feel our marriage is over. I want to know before I file for divorce (I am procrastinating, I think I still love him but we are terrible together and I don't want our daughter growing up with fighting and disrespect to me) what rights he may have under Russian law to his child. I don't know what he's doing- for all I know he is speaking with lawyers and filing from Russia. I believe he does not love me anymore and just wants to make sure his daughter is Russian and has a relationship to Russia, but I want to prevent this now as I have heard that if I allow her to go to Russia (I would not let her go alone, ever) I may have trouble leaving with her. Please advise.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
Dear Karina,

I have seen your website and the interesting and professional answers you provide and I
would like to have your legal advice before starting any legal process, in which case I will be happy to use your services.

I am American citizen married with a Russian girl in 2009. We have been living in Russia until 2011 when we move to United States with our little daughter.

During the previous Christmas we went to Saint Petersburg for a 2 weeks holidays and when I was there my wife told she will never come back to United States and that she will keep my daughter with her. I went back to United States and I have already started the divorce process with a lawyer.

She recently filed divorce in Russia.

From what i have seen in your website (answers) and what another lawyer told me already, I am aware that what she is doing is legal in Russia.

My question is: How the process works in Russia for my wife sending her demand to me? Should I have to have a lawyer in Russia?

If I disagree with what she demands (I will ask for the custody for myself) should I have to go to Russia to declare on the tribunal?

I have sent the official request via the Ministry of Foreign affairs, and they answered me by the Central Russian Authority. They offer me to reach agreement with my wife about child.

i have also seen that Russian Law does not care about which demand was first or if there is "opposite" demand coming from another country.

If my demand comes to her before she start the process, does this changes anything for me / for her?

Immigration Law (Russia)
I am Ukrainian citizen. Is it possible to have 2 residences and 2 visas (to make residence and permanent visa in Russia keeping at the same time my residence (green card) in United States?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I am married to Russian woman since July 2013. It is a long story but I have known her for more than 5 years before we married. We live in the United States. However since October she is pregnant and changed completely and does not speak any English at home and sleeps with her son in one bed and I sleep alone. I tried to talk to her but she refuses to talk at all.

Now in my state it is not possible to divorce when you are not married for 1 year. So I wonder if it is at all possible to divorce in Russia now? She lives legally with me in the United States and has a residence card based on the fact she is married to me. If the answer is yes, could you help me with this? And what would be the costs?

Just FYI I take full responsibility of the baby and don’t want in any way dump her or something. But I believe that a child should grow up in a normal family situation and not in a house where husband and wife basically have no relation at all and do not communicate about anything. The few times she has spoken she said she believes she has made a terrible mistake by marrying me. And I must say that she may be right.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)
If i know the requirements i could begin to negotiate a settlement. My main concern is that the purchased properties were acquired while married and i'm really not keen on just handing her half of the value there when this money was earned by my hard work years before i met her. Can you advise me on this?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I would like to pay an attorney to get my Russian marriage annulled. My wife and I were married in St. Petersburg on 1 Feb 2013. How long will it take to get the marriage annulled? How much would it cost?

I thought that extra money might make the process go faster. Once the US divorce is finalized, I will then hire you to see about getting the marriage annulled. I will keep in touch with you.

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