Paris Court of Appeal (RF’s appeal against six Exequatur Orders) - active

On 12 May 2017 Paris Court of Appeal heard the parties in the hearings concerning appeal filed by the Russian Federation against six Exequatur Orders obtained by the Yukos parties in 2014.

The appeal was filed by the Russian Federation in June 2015.


Paris Court of Appeal (Proceedings concerning freezing of payments owed by French companies to various Russian companies) - active

23/11/2016 - The First President of the Court of Appeal of Paris refused the stay of enforcement of several decisions lifting the freezing orders confirming that the frozen assets did not belong to the Russian Federation.

The freezing orders inter alia applied to the payments due by Eutelsat to RSCC (Russian Satellite Communications Company) and by VTB Bank (France) to RIA Novosti, RT and Goszagransobstvennost.

The appeal on decisions lifting the freezing orders is still pending.


District Court of Paris (Regarding Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris) - failed

10/11/2016 - Yukos oligarchs drop claims to a land site in Paris owned by the Russian Federation where a spiritual-cultural centre was being built. Following this the Enforcement Judge of the District Court of Paris formally acknowledged discontinuation of attempts to seize the property. The same judge had previously ruled on 28 April 2016 that the Center was protected by immunity from execution (especially diplomatic immunity).

Court Documents
Paris Court rules that Russian spiritual-cultural centre has immunity from execution.

Enforcement Judge of Evry (Regarding amounts owed by Arianespace to NPO Lavotchkine and TsENKI) - failed

10/02/2017 - An Enforcement Judge lifted seizure of payments to Russian companies NPO Lavotchkine and TsENKI by Arianespace. An appeal of the decision is pending before the Paris Court of Appeal.


Paris Court of Appeal (Regarding freezing payments from Arianespace to Roscosmos) - active

On 19 January 2016 and 12 April 2016 The Enforcement judge of Evry repeatedly lifted seizures applied on assets of Roscosmos in France (payments due by Arianespace). These rulings have been appealed by the Yukos oligarchs. The hearing took place on April 19 2017, with the intervention of the Russian Federation, the French State and the French “Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales - CNES“, due to the importance of cooperation between Arianespace and Roscosmos in the space industry.

On 27 June 2017 the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the release from seizures of Roscosmos’ receivables.

Court Documents
Paris Court of Appeal confirms lifting of seizures of Roscosmos’ receivables.

Enforcement Judge of Bobigny (on seizure of payments from Air France to the Russian Federation) - failed

25/05/2016 - French court lifted seizure of payments to the Russian state from Air France. Enforcement Judge of Bobigny ruled to lift the seizure because the payments due were linked to State’s sovereignty. The seizure has been fully lifted by the Enforcement Judge.

An appeal of the decision is pending before the Paris Court of Appeal.


Enforcement Judge of Lyon (on seizure of shares in Euronews) - failed

10/05/2016 - Enforcement Judge of Lyon lifted the seizure of shares in Euronews.

An appeal of the decision is pending before the Lyon Court of Appeal