Director and General Counsel
born in Russian Siberia, Emanuel Zeltser, is a
Board member and General Counsel of the Institute.
Emanuel is a practicing attorney in New York
specializing in complex and international litigations, transnational
financial crimes and money laundering issues.
Emanuel also is a Russian attorney and expert on Russian law,
practices and politics. Mr. Zeltser served as counsel and advisor to
agencies of Russian government and multinational corporations,
including Academy of Jurisprudence of the Ministry of Justice of
the Russian Federation, Academy of Justice
of the Supreme Court of Russia, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, and
Emanuel lectured at the Russian Legal
Academy as a visiting professor to the senior Russian judiciary,
professional staff of the Ministry of Justice of Russia and Office
of the Russian Prosecutor General.
In September of
1999, Emanuel was called upon to provide
provide expert testimony for the Congressional
Hearing on the Bank of New York Russian Organized Crime and Money
Laundering Matters. He also, at the request of the House Committee on
Banking and Financial Services, together with other experts of the
Institute, assisted the Committee in analyzing, evaluating and editing
a Bill of the "Foreign Money
Laundering Deterrence and Anticorruption Act." (H.R. 2896.)
At the request of
the Minister of Justice of Russia, Emanuel and other experts of
the Institute participated in the drafting of the new Russian
banking legislation, and drafting of
portions of the anti-money
laundering bill for the Russian Parliament (Duma)
Emanuel numerously appeared as
legal expert and guest on international TV and radio networks, including
the Voice of America, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, Fox News Channel, CNN,
ABC-TV (Australia), ORTV (Russia), CBC (Canada) and others, addressing
many legal and political issues, including international terrorism, money laundering,
and organized crime. Emanuel
serves as legal analyst and law
correspondent for MT~NewsWire™.
leading English-language web-based news and information
service focusing on developments in Russia, Eastern Europe, the
Caucasus and Central Asia.
as State Advisor of the United States Congressional Advisory Board,
and also served on the advisory boards of international
non-governmental organizations, including
Libre Russe A. Sakharov
and Shimon Perez Peace Center.
expose and shut down corrupt Russian bank Inkombank, controlled by
Semyon Mogilevich, one of the world's most powerful mafia "dons",
who appears on the FBI 10 most wanted list.
co-authored (together with the Ministry of Justice of Russia,
University of Pittsburgh Law School and other Institute's experts) Trade
and Commercial Laws of the Russian Federation. Official Codification
and Commentaries (© 1993-1995 Oceana Publications, Inc. ISBN
0379-101831). The "Official Codification" became the first
official English language reference source on new
Russian laws, relied upon used by the US Courts, British Courts and
international public institutions.
Together with other experts
of the Institute Emanuel co-authored multiple
articles and essays on the subject of Russian and international law,
Russian organized crime and transnational financial crimes.
Emanuel's name was
entered in the official presidential papers of Ronald Reagan "in
recognition of outstanding support of the [Presidential] Task Force."
received an award from the United States Congressional Advisory
grateful recognition of the outstanding services as State Advisor"
(signed by Sen. Paul Laxalt, Sen. Dennis DeConcini, Rep. Jack Kemp
and Rep. Bill Schappell.)
At the behest of
President Ronald Reagan, an American flag was dedicated in the
Rotunda of the United States Capitol "for Mr. Emanuel E. Zeltser."
Emanuel is a
the coveted Honorary Degree of "Doctor of Laws of Russia" "in
recognition of exemplary scholarship and supreme contribution
towards world justice and democracy."
In the US Emanuel is admitted to practice before
the Supreme Court of the State of New York and Federal Courts of the
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
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