M snares account with Russian law firm

Moscow: M: Communications’ work for London-listed Russian oil firm Sibir Energy has yielded the brief for one of the country’s top law companies.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, which with M has been
advising Sibir on its efforts to reclaim up to £565m from Roman Abromovich-owned Sibneft, has engaged the agency to handle its international PR.

M consultants Stuart Leasor and Julian Kalcheva are advising Egorov senior partner Dimitry Afanasiev, who is keen to raise the firm's profile with international firms that have interests in Russia.

Egorov is particularly close to the government of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Egorov partner Ednan Agayev helped form the Russian-American Business Council in 2000 to champion Russian corporate interests.

In 2004 Egorov handled the appeal of two Russian agents convicted by a Qatar court of assassinating Chechen rebel leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.

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