Pro Bono

Our team understand the importance of their social responsibilities and undertake pro bono work (free of charge and without expectation of future payment) to support individuals and organisations with important social aims. These projects represent 5% of our total work.

Our permanent pro bono client is Sunflower Charity Foundation.

MGAP organises and arranges the following for Sunflower:

  • Donation agreements (money donations, toys and furniture for playrooms  for children receiving treatment in Russian hospitals)
  • Contracts for sale and delivery of medicine for treating children
  • Agreements with employees
  • Documents necessary for Sunflower charity events
  • Documents for Sunflower’s support of children undergoing treatment in Russian hospitals.

MGAP also advises Sunflower on questions of legislation, litigation, and law enforcement.

MGAP helps the parents of children in Sunflower’s care to lodge a legal complaint against the Russian government and regional powers refusing to provide free of charge medical and drug support to Russian citizens.  We have helped provide medicine free of charge for children suffering from life-threatening immune system disorders in the Russian Federation republics including Bashkortostan, Kalmykia, Udmurtia, the Perm Territory, and Lipetsk, Yaroslavl and Chelyabinsk regions.

Sunflower Charity Foundation

Founded in 2006, works to save the lives of babies and children with immune system disorders.

The Foundation raises money to purchase expensive pharmaceutical drugs for children up to the age of 18 with life-threatening immune system disorders:

  • Primary immune-deficiency
  • Severe combined immune-deficiency syndrome
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, etc
  • Doctors are able to apply for payment to treat patients with a proven medical history.

The Foundation organises weekly arts activities, special events and concerts for children undergoing immune-related medical treatment,

Since its inception, Sunflower has helped hundreds of children. This is made possible through the help and support of Russian companies and individuals. All funds donated to Sunflower are used for treating children. The fund’s  administrative costs are covered from other sources.

The rights of disabled children to free medical drugs

For several years we have helped the parents of children in the care of the charity Sunflower to lodge legal complaints with the prosecutor’s office against the Russian Ministry of Health and its regional bodies for refusing to provide free of charge medical and drug support to disabled children. The prosecutor’s offices from the Russian regions recognisedour complaints and appealed to the courts on behalf of various parties in the Russian Federation. Based on our complaints the prosecutor appealed to the courts to safeguard the rights of disabled children, and the courts judged that it was illegal for the Russian government and regional powers to refuse to provide free of charge medical and drug support to disabled children.

As a result at present important court practice is being formed about the provision of free of charge medical and drug support to disabled children.

Payment of financial support for a child without custody of parents

MGAP successfully represented in the appeal court their client, a disabled adopted child which the custody and guardianship authorities had unlawfully refused to pay a monthly allowance guaranteed by the state.

The custody and guardianship authorities claimed that the child, who was adopted in one Russian town and moved to another town with his adoptive parents , had no right to receive monthly financial support.  These authorities were supported by the regional court of the city that the child and his adoptive parents moved to.

However the appeal court agreed with MGAP’s argument that the child, adopted on Russian territory by Russian citizens has the right to material support from the state regardless of where they live in Russia.

As a result the appeal court ordered the custody and guardianship authorities  to:

- Pay the adopted child a monthly allowance for the entire time the allowance should have been paid but in fact had not been paid,

- Pay a monthly allowance to the adopted child from the state until the child reaches the age of 18.

The rights of disabled children to free medical drugs

MGAP as part of its pro-bono work for social groups provides help to several people to complain to the procurator about the rights of disabled children to free medical drugs by the executive department of the government of Russia.

The unique methodic of correction pedagogics

Author the unique methodic of correction pedagogics asked MGAP about pro bono legal advice including answers to the questions about intellectual property protection and legal aspects of her methodic creation for publish about correction pedagogics. This methodic is complex linguistic and audio materials for special needs children. By dint of use this material could make the grade in children’s speech defect.

MGAP has prepared agreement which provides her intellectual property protection for publish her methodic (including audio materials).

The release of CD in memory of the poet and social commentator Vasili Stus

MGAP provides full pro-bono support to the release of CD in memory of the poet and social commentator Vasili Stus.

MGAP provided and had signed all agreements for production and future distribution of the CD, including agreements with Vasili Stus's descendants, the poems' Russian translators, creators of the image on the CD cover in Stus's memory, cover text authors, actors reading the poems and sound engineers.

MGAP provided legal support to Olga Nikolaevna Boitsovoi - a teacher at the M.C. Shelkin Theatre High School of the Maly Theatre State Academy of Russia – for the creation of a CD in memory of the poet and social commentator Vasilii Stus.

Included on the CD were poems by Vasili Stus read in Russian by students and graduates of the M.C. Shelkin Theatre High School of the Maly Theatre State Academy of Russia.

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival has been being in England more then 10 years. The main Festival's targets are promotional documentary movie, young filmmakers, promotional alternative young international documentary movie in England.

More then 3 years MGAP has been providing pro bono legal support for Aldeburgh Documentary Festival: support of Russian filmmakers' workshops on Festival, providing legal advice of migration legislation (questions of arrival and departure in UK of other countries’ citizens and tangible mediums with projects of Festival's participants. 

MGAP has provided legal support of Sergei Mirishnichenko’s (Ostrov studio) and Sergei Dvortcevoi’s (filmcompany KinoDvor) workshops within the framework of Aldeburgh Documentary Festival. It was good opportunity for English people to see Russian documentary films and for Russian documentary films was being participant of English festival.

MGAP assists in incorporating and running The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust

MGAP has recently incorporated The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust registered as a charity.

The Trust is created in honour and memory of the recently deceased Alexander Piatigorsky, one of Russia’s most important philosophers and the author of “Remember the Strange Person“ (1999) and “An Ancient Man in the City“ (2001) amongst many other outstanding works.

Over the last year, MGAP’s Managing Partner, Sergei Gratchev was involved as both secretary and student in Piatigorsky’s last philosophical classes held in London. Sergei kept invaluable records of these classes which now form part of the philosopher’s legacy.

One of the Trust’s aims is to make information about the philosopher and materials from the final classes available to everyone.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust please contact Sergei Gratchev.

The illegal reduction of salaries in cutting a bonus paid to class teachers

MGAP  helps a group of teachers from the city of Korolev to make an appeal again the General Procurator of the Russian Federation regarding the carrying out of law enforcement procedures on the territory of Russia.

MGAP advocates as part of their Pro bono work, helped the teachers file a complaint against the General Procurator of the Russian Federation asking him to reconsider the illegal reduction of salaries in cutting a bonus paid to class teachers, and to take measures to punish this action by the Procurator.