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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Property Rights Lawyer Attacked

Sergei Shevyrev, a high-powered Moscow lawyer who made a name for himself defending international trademarks in copyright cases, was seriously injured in an attack this week that is believed to be connected to his work.

An unidentified assailant shot Shevyrev in the arm, leg and stomach as he alighted from his Saab sedan near his apartment building on Ulitsa Akademika Anokhina in western Moscow late Tuesday.

Shevyrev, 39, underwent surgery, and his condition was listed as critical but stable Thursday.

The attacker fled the scene of the shooting, and police have failed to find any witnesses.

The attack was probably related to Shevyrev's work at his law firm, Shevyrev and Partners, where he has a reputation of "aggressively" defending his clients, Kommersant and Gazeta reported Thursday, citing unidentified officials involved in the investigation.

Shevyrev and Partners represents the local interests of brand names such as Guinness, Martell, Pernod Ricard, Bacardi, Havana Club, Chivas, Olmeca and Grant's.

Last year, Shevyrev won a ruling in favor of Pernod Pickard after a two-year case involving one of its trademarks, the Czech-made liquor Becherovka.

A descendant of Becherovka's inventor had demanded more than $4 million in royalties, and court marshals had seized Pernod Pickard assets in Russia in lieu of the court ruling.

When the case dragged on and Russian officials refused to return the assets, Shevyrev wound up threatening to sue the government for $4 million in damages.

Kommersant reported Thursday that corrupt Russian officials may have been involved in the case.

The district prosecutor's office did not return telephone calls seeking comment Thursday.

A staff member at the offices of Shevyrev and Partners said that no one was available for comment.