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Ben Emmerson QC is an international lawyer, specialising in European human rights law, public international law andinternational criminal law. He was a founder member of Matrix Chambers and has 25 years’ experience litigating before international courts and tribunals including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Within the UK he is a deputy High Court Judge, a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.
  Emmerson is currently the British judge on the Residual Mechanism of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. In June 2011 he was elected by the UN Human Rights Council as UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights. In this capacity he reports annually to the UN General Assembly.

- ведущий британский адвокат в области международного, гаманитарного и уголовного права. Спецдокладчик ООН по правам человека в контексте борьбы с терроризмом. Выступал как судья  международного уголовного суда по Руанде и Бывшей Югоставии. Защищвл Джулиана Ассанжа в деле о его экстрадиции и представлял иск Грузии против РФ в ЕСПЧ в Страсбурге

INDEPENDENT PROFILE: Ben Emmerson QC: The bête noire of the right wing press with a 'leviathan intellect'

Maya has combined a busy criminal practice with crime related judicial review as well as civil litigation with an emphasis on human rights issues. In recent times she has had a predominantly public law / civil liberties practice.

Мая сочетает работу по уголовным делам и выступления в апелляционной инстанции со специализацией в области прав человека и гражданских свобод.


Elena Tsirlina is the head of "Blokh Solicitors" law firm and a trustee of Gift of Life in the UK. As a solicitor, she specialises in UK immigration law, nationality law, human rights and asylum, and has been involved in a number of landmark human rights and asylum cases over the course of her career. In addition to her work as a lawyer, she is a notable author of various legal publications, including a leading book on student immigration, and participates in the activities of a number of legal, professional and public organisations related to the Anglo-Russian community in the UK.

Елена - глава юридической фирмы "Blokh Solicitors" и член попечительского совета Фонда "Подари жизнь" в Великобритании. Как юрист она специализируется в области иммиграционного права, гражданства, убежища и в вопросах прав человека. Она автор монографии об имиграционном законодательстве для студентов и активный участник жизни лондонского русскоязычного сообщества.


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Victor Borodulin
Mar. 26th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC)
Letter to Mr. Emmerson (unfortunately, I have not received any reply yet)
Dear Mr. Ben Emmerson,

I have grounds to be certain that I may possibly provide you and your client, Mr. Litvinenko’s widow, with the information on main reason behind attempts that have been pursued by the British authorities to prevent your client or any potential independent inquiry to gain any access to secret documents related to Mr. Litvinenko’s assassination. I am sure that the British authorities and British intelligence have something much more significant at stake compared to any lucrative commercial deal with the Kremlin or compared to any concern that Russia would not support UK’s position at the United Nations (two potential reasons that, as I am aware, have been quoted earlier).

As a former Russian banker who worked for Gazprombank (was owned by Russian gas monopoly Gazprom that was in talks with the British Centrica in 2003-2005), I am certain that Gazprom and Russian President Putin financed (via Gazprombank and offshore companies) election campaign of Tony Blair in 2005....

Thus, to make a very long story short, I am confident that the British intelligence assassinated Mr. Litvinenko who had previously worked for them. They used him, then they killed him...
The Russian authorities had been directly involved in the story, but it were the British, as I am certain, who designed and  implemented his assassination (you may ask someone to read and translate to you an attached extract in Russian from my postings published at a number of forums in the internet on that). Apparently, Mr. Litvinenko was poisoned by polonium (in case polonium had been used indeed) not at the Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel but at hospital. They used something else at the Bar, less lethal, no make him become separated and under their total “care” at the hospital. Similar circumstances happened to a prominent Russian opposition leader Egor Gaidar, former Russian prime-minister, when he attended a conference in Ireland. He was poisoned with water during his speech but was promptly taken by his team to the airport and brought back to Moscow where he recovered. Apparently, the British had changed the initial plan that was consulted with the Russians after the Russian authorities produced evidence that Mr. Putin and Gazprom were in a fury that Mr. Blair had not delivered what he had previously promised (British Gas)... Since Tony Blair was under severe criticism on war in Iraq and domestic issues he apparently decided not to risk an inevitable opposition at Parliament and in mass media on a potential sale of a key national asset to the Russian Gazprom. So facing the inevitable prospect of the British economic interests in Russia to be damaged by the Russian authorities and being not prepared to show any sign of “weakness”, the British authorities apparently developed their own plan...

Neither Russian, nor British authorities are prepared to make the public (either British or Russian) to become aware of the TRUE story. The top British officials claim they have been acting to prevent any access to the documents due to the reasons of “national security”. In my view, that is precisely in the best interest of you client, as well as in the best interest of both the British and Russian public to be aware of the secret arrangements and political intrigues that had been made by top officials from both countries “behind the scene” and directly against the best interests of their nations....

And finally, a mention should be made that although I do not sympathize with any existing or “former” intelligence officer of any country, and especially with anyone who is or was ever employed by the Russian intelligence, and regardless of my firm believe that Mr. Litvinenko was directly involved in a combined strategy to assassinate me in the UK (envisaged by both British and Russian intelligence), I am certain that he was doing what he was instructed and paid for by his superiors and there was nothing personal in his activities. What I do feel though, is sincere sympathy for his widow and his family who lost Mr. Litvinenko for the sake of political games played by top politicians on both sides...
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