We provide a full range of legal services on Sakhalin Island, Russia



Our main focus –

Providing legal support to foreign companies and Russian companies with foreign shareholders, engaged in oil & gas and related industries on Sakhalin Island, Russia.

We also support Russian business and private clients.

Our clients are engaged in:

  • Oil & gas and related industries
  • Air, sea and road transportation
  • Construction and development
  • Engineering and Design Services
  • Education
  • Supply of industrial equipment


Sakhalin Partners was founded by Evgeny Kuzmenko.

Evgeny has more than 15 years legal experience. He started his career in the Sakhalin branch of an international law firm as a paralegal. He was promoted to the position of branch director within 5 years. After that Evgeny joined the Sakhalin branch of one of the “Big Four” companies, where he managed its legal practice in Sakhalin.

Since 2018, Evgeny is completely focused on Sakhalin Partners, serving its current and future clients.

We strictly observe three main principles in our work:


all information and documents received from an existing or potential client are strictly confidential and cannot be disclosed to any third parties.

Conflict of interest management

before we take a new assignment from an existing or potential client, we always check whether such assignment could create a conflict of interest situation for another client.


upon provision of service we act exclusively within the legal framework.

  • Key Services
    Our knowledge and practical experience allow us to resolve complicated legal issues in most areas, which may be a concern for our clients. Our services include:
  • Dispute resolution and representation in courts
    including within commercial, corporate, land, tax, employment and bankruptcy disputes.
  • Consulting on various issues of Russian law
    including in the areas of contractual, civil, corporate, employment, migration, land, bankruptcy, licensing, currency control and other issues, as well as consulting regarding Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 Production Sharing Agreements.
  • Corporate services, including structuring operations of foreign investors in Russia
  • Structuring contractual and investment relations, drafting contracts, auction documentation and other documents
  • Structuring employment relations
    with Russian and foreign nationals
    including drafting and reviewing employment contracts, internal policies and other documents, legal support of dismissal procedures.
  • Legal support during audits by Russian authorities
    (including tax, customs, migration, land supervisory authorities, antitrust, etc.), contesting results of audits in higher authorities and courts.
  • Due diligence of companies and property

The following is a summary of some of the projects completed by Sakhalin Partners:

  • 1

    Successful resolution of a series of commercial disputes
    with a major state customer due to construction works

  • 2

    Representing a foreign creditor
    within a bankruptcy case initiated against a major Sakhalin company (as a result, the client received a portion of the debt for the services provided)

  • 3

    Consulting regarding investment project
    at the territory of advanced social-economic development with financing through state subventions

  • 4

    Consulting and legal analysis of contracts
    for the implementation of a major minerals production project

  • 5

    Representing a client before the Department of Federal Antimonopoly Service
    in a matter relating to possible inclusion in the “black list” of suppliers (based on the arguments provided, the Department decided not to include information on the client in the “black list”)

  • 6

    Legal support of a large-scale staff reduction process
    including development of methods and documents related to assessment of productivity and qualification of personnel subject to the reduction

  • 7

    Consulting on personal data issues
    including on “localization” and cross-border transfer requirements

  • 8

    Consulting on regulations introduced due to COVID-19 pandemic
    including restrictions of entry to Russia, operations during the pandemic, obligatory vaccination of personnel, etc.

Reviews of Russian legislative updates


Notarization of decisions taken by General Meetings of Russian LLCs


Amendments to the procedure of registration of foreign nationals


Overview of amendments to Russian migration law of June-July 2018

Online payment

If you have a valid contract with Sakhalin Partners, you may pay for legal services online with a bank card. The scope of service, amount of legal fees as well as terms and conditions of their refund are determined by such contract. Personal data is processed according to Personal Data Policy.

To complete the payment (enter the details of your bank card) you will be forwarded to the payment gateway of PJSC Sberbank. Connection with the payment gateway and transfer of information are completed in protected mode with SSL encryption. If you bank supports safe methods of Internet payments Verified By Visa, MasterCard SecureCode, MIR Accept, J-Secure, you may be also required to enter a separate code.

The minimal amount of legal fees is RUB 5,000. The final amount of legal fees is determined by Sakhalin Partners based on provisions of the contract and is reported to the client in the respective invoice.

The payment is completed through PJSC Sberbank with the bank cards of:


Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia