Irina Anyukhina

Irina Anyukhina

Irina Anyukhina

Chambers Europe

Irina Anyukhina is high knowledgeable and dedicated. She has a strategic and business-oriented approach. Clients appreciate Irina for her thoughtfulness and ability to clearly enunciate the core of the matter.

Recent work
Publications and Insights

Irina Anyukhina is an ALRUD Law Firm partner heading Labour and Employment practice.

Irina is a recommended expert on Labour law, advising international and Russian companies on international and cross-border workplace issues, reductions and restructurings, senior executives and expatriate issues.

Irina operates at the interface of employment and corporate laws in cases involving mergers and acquisitions, implementation of incentive programmes, executive compensation and benefits, global and local employment policies, outsourcing, and employee privacy issues. Irina is often involved in cross-border and internal investigations of employees’ misconduct. Irina represents clients in out-of-court settlements and disputes with employees.

Irina Anyukhina joined ALRUD in 2002 and became partner in 2007. Clients praise Irina for her business-oriented approach, outstanding communication skills, thoughtfulness and ability to clearly enunciate the core of the matter.

Irina graduated from the Moscow State University of International Affairs with Ministry of International Affairs of Russia, Public international law division of International law department.

Irina is a member of International Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Includes advising and representing:


in its major business merger deal with Yandex on a great number of employment and HR-related questions.

Akzo Nobel

with separation of its Specialty Chemicals business unit, development and implementation of employee restructuring plan.

Philip Plein

on the development of HR policies, including bonus policy for sales employees.

An internationally leading medical device company

with staff restructuring to ensure balanced shareholder control over business operations.


on the legal and tax implications of implementing the international employee share plan.

The major analytics company

with a complex internal investigation of alleged misconducts of two employees of the Russian subsidiary.

One of the leading Japanese manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines

with reviewing the evidences concerning incompliances of one of the top manager, and developed the strategy for protection of the Client’s and its CEO’s business reputation.

The group of music companies

in 4 litigations with the conflict employee who had access to the financial resources of the Client.

Key changes in labour legislation. A quarterly review
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, We present to your attention our new format - a quarterly review of the key changes in labour legislation and related areas (including migration, tax, military registration). The document includes a description of the latest legislative changes, which either have already entered into force in the current 2024 or will be put into effect in the near future. This review will be useful for HR directors, company executives, compliance officers, heads of legal departments and other interested parties.
22 May 2024
Concise and to the point with ALRUD: HR & DIGITAL (№18)
The Russian government has approved draft amendments to the Russian Criminal Code that increase the severity of punishment for leaks of personal data (“PD”) The amendments have changed slightly compared with the version adopted in the first reading. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) proposed mitigating liability for leaks and editing the wording so that penalties are imposed only in the event of the leakage of (1) data of 50 or more PD subjects, or (2) information about people’s private life, personal or family secrets, special categories of PD, or biometric PD. The Ministry of Justice opposed such amendments, arguing that restricting the number to 50 PD subjects would result in attackers intentionally splitting up databases with leaked PD, while those who leak the PD of fewer people would be able to avoid criminal punishment. Under the draft law, if a violation results in severe consequences, the guilty parties may be punished with a fine of up to 3 million RUB (approximately 32,730 USD or 30,476 EUR) and maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years, as well as forced labour and deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities. We are closely monitoring the consideration of this draft law and will keep you posted about the latest news. Russia may soon have a mechanism to compensate for damages caused by the leakage of PD The Federation Council has drafted a bill on mandatory insurance for PD leaks. The law would clearly specify not only the insurance amount, limits and list of risks, but also a list of exceptions that should not be set by the actual insurance companies. We understand that the legislators’ main goal is to encourage companies to pay closer attention to their IT infrastructure, in part to ensure the best possible protection of stored PD or to refuse to process it if it is not required for business. Growing number of PD-related legal disputes The number of disputes over the illegal use of PD is on the rise in Russia: since the start of 2024, their number has already increased by 17% compared with the beginning of 2023. There were a total of 17,400 cases across the country in 2023, an increase of 23% from 2022. Last year, the greatest dynamics in this regard were seen in administrative and criminal cases. The disputes under the Russian Criminal Code concern the illegal receipt of PD about a particular person, which is due to increased attention to the problem of growing terrorist threats. Businesses, in turn, face claims from employees about the reliable storage of their information and the legality of processing their PD. On the one hand, this poses reputational risks, while, on the other hand, it attracts the attention of the Russian PD authority (Roskomnadzor). We recommend that data controllers regularly conduct an audit of the processes of PD processing to bring them into compliance with the requirements of law and minimize financial, operational and reputational risks.
17 May 2024
Irina Anyukhina speaks at the conference of
On 4 April 2024 the conference “Labour Law and Labour Disputes - 2024” was held by Irina Anyukhina, Partner in ALRUD Labour and Employment practice, moderated the round table of the third session: “UNCONFERENCE. “Brain drain” – trend to relocation and staff shortage”. Irina offered the participants of the conference to discuss how to operate business under the conditions of staff shortage due to skilled employees relocation and general lack of manpower Irina mentioned that business started to resolve the problem of staff shortage by maintaining contacts with prospective candidates and using civil contracts and hiring self-employed and retiring workers as an alternative. Irina also believes that some tasks can be delegated to artificial intelligence. However, there is a risk of financial liability in case the decision taken on the basis of algorithms is challenged. The discussion was rather hot. The participants shared their case history and asked questions to the expert.
15 April 2024
Irina Anyyukhina and Elena Chershintseva prepared an article for the international review of antidiscrimination laws
Irina Anyukhina, ALRUD Labour Practice Partner, and Elena Chershintseva, ALRUD Labour Practice Senior Associate, PhD in Law, participated in preparation of the international review of antidiscrimination laws organized by Lewis Silkin LLP. Their report ”Review of Russian anti-age discrimination law” was published on the AGEDISCRIMINATION.INFO information portal. The experts described how the Labour Code of the Russian Federation and other federal laws provide certain age differentiation in labour conditions, restrictions, and preferences basing on the performance requirements and labour conditions. The following issues were also covered: To whom the legislative requirements apply? What legal remedies exist? How common are the claims in this regard? What claims are most common and what issues prove to be most problematic for the employers? Does the legislation provide any particular exceptions? Retirement age Full text is available on the portal website.
04 December 2023
New migration requirements for foreign nationals
Please be informed that Federal Law No. 316-FZ dated 10 July 2023 (the “Law”) made changes to legislation regulating the legal status of foreign nationals in the Russian Federation, including highly qualified specialists (“HQS”). The amendments will come into force starting from 2024.
07 November 2023
Full-service support in challenging situations caused by confrontations involving the local management of companies
Numerous foreign companies have recently decided to exit the Russian market or restructure or suspend their operations. The rapid implementation of these business decisions within constrained timeframes not only entailed legal risks for companies, but also led to practical difficulties in cooperation between global and local management. The unique legal status and significant scope of powers that Russian law grants to a company’s general director may further complicate communication processes and adversely affect the company’s future outlook. This situation has led to increased demand for full-scope legal services that aim to establish and ensure a framework of control over local management and a procedure for it to cooperate with the foreign owner of the business. This document provides a list of the practical issues that most clients of ALRUD Labour and Employment Law Practice face in crises arising from confrontations involving the local management of companies and the services we provide to resolve them.
28 September 2023
Irina Anyukhina and Elena Chershintseva prepared a review for the IBA
The International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA) published its 11th annual global report on general international trends in human resources law with examples from 55 countries. Irina Anyukhina, Partner of ALRUD Labour Practice, and Elena Chershintseva, Senior Associate of ALRUD Labour Practice, PhD, covered a block of issues related to current regulatory trends and developments in Russian labour and migration law, including flexible working, alternative workforce, unions, labour disputes. The global report can be found here.
14 June 2023
Corporate transactions. Key labour issues
Business reorganization is a commonly utilized strategy to enhance efficiency and reduce costs within a business. Reorganization not only impacts corporate changes, but also has an effect on labour relations, which can pose certain risks. We have summarized the key labour issues that illustrate the red flags associated with corporate transactions, along with practical issues that should be taken into consideration.
06 June 2023
Step-by-step plan: What should an employer do in the event of an occupational accident?
ALRUD experts have prepared this material for HR directors, compliance officers and heads of legal departments, detailing the obligatory and recommended actions that should be taken in the event of an occupational accident. The purpose of this step-by-step plan is to provide high-level guidance on how to protect the interests of affected employees, investigate occupational accidents and thus mitigate risks of administrative and criminal liability for the employer and its officers.
21 March 2023
ALRUD team managed to save the business of an international manufacturing company
ALRUD specialists provided comprehensive support in all aspects of sanctions compliance for the Russian division of a major international welding materials and tools manufacturing company. ALRUD developed and implemented effective solutions to preserve the client's business in Russia under sanctions pressure, in particular: structured large-scale HR solutions for production employees and office staff, represented the client in communications with state authorities and counterparties, conducted claims work on commercial contracts and provided legal assistance on corporate issues, including the possibility of dividend distribution. Thanks to ALRUD's comprehensive support, the client was able to retain its business and minimise its risks under the current sanctions regime. Leading Partner - Irina Anyukhina, Head of Labour Practice. The project was run by Margarita Egiazarova, Senior Associate, PhD. The ALRUD team included Dmitry Kuptsov, Dispute Resolution Partner, Sergey Khanaev, Corporate and M&A Practice Partner, and lawyers from the Labour Law, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Corporate, Commercial law, Crisis Management, Economic sanctions and Compliance practices.
13 March 2023
We use cookies to offer better performance of the website and fulfill some other purposes specified in the Privacy Policy. By way of ticking the box you provide your consent to use of cookies. Otherwise, we will only use technical cookies, which are necessary for proper functioning of the website.