Litigation giant Patton Boggs took up the case of American lawyer Emanuel Zelster shortly after Mr. Zelster, an expert on Russian organized crime, was detained by the Belarusian KGB. While detained, Mr. Zelster was denied medical care for his heart condition.
After more than a year behind Russian bars, lawyers Tommy Boggs and Joe Brand have secured a full pardon for Mr. Zelster. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has also absolved Mr. Zelster of all charges against him, including espionage. Mr. Zelster, before being imprisoned, had worked as General Counsel to the American Russian Law Institute, an organization dedicated to bringing the rule of law to Russia and which is often opposed by Russian organized crime.