Pavel Ivlev

П. ИвлевChairman of the Committee for Russian Economic Freedom

Pavel Ivlev was a long-time legal counsel to YUKOS and its former CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who fled to New York from Russia under fear of unjust prosecution. A district court in Moscow issued an arrest warrant for Ivlev in 2005 on charges of embezzlement and money laundering, identical to those of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev. Ivlev believed that the arrest warrant was a result of his refusal to provide false incriminating evidence against Khodorkovsky and other key YUKOS managers. Ivlev has vowed not to return to Russia.

A graduate of Moscow State University Law School in 1993, Ivlev also studied law at Columbia University (New York) and Queen Mary College (London) law schools, and is a member of the International Bar Association and the U.S.-Russia Business Council. In 1997 Ivlev became a partner of a leading Moscow-based international law firm, ALM Feldmans, which was effectively destroyed by the broader attack on YUKOS and its advisors.