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About Viacheslav Kutuzov

Viacheslav Kutuzov, LL.M. in Taxation, is an international taxation expert based in New York city. His main practice focuses on elimination of double taxation between the U.S. and post-Soviet countries, international tax planning and reporting. Mr. Kutuzov is also licensed by the State of New York as a foreign legal consultant for Russia and has Enrolled Agent qualification of Internal Revenue Service.

In 2011, he graduated from School of Law of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (in Moscow) with the specialist of law degree. In 2014 Mr. Kutuzov accomplished his postgraduate studies from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). In 2023 Mr. earn an LL.M. in Taxation degree from New York Law School.

Since 2017, Mr. Kutuzov is an active philanthrope and a public activist. In August of 2020 Mr. Kutuzov established Viacheslav Kutuzov Foundation of Political Studies Ltd., which is a non-for-profit organization, whose mission consist in studying political affairs of the post-Soviet states, researching the ways of developing democratic political climate, statistical analysis of the politically important factors, promotion of political science, giving expert opinion to the U.S. and international authorities and organizations, providing expert advice on the political affairs of the post-Soviet states, giving public lectures and workshops on political science and immigration topics, raising funds for funding researches and grants in the field of political science, making contributions to other non-for-profit organizations, engaged in political and social studies, representing individuals in immigration proceedings.  


Currently, Mr. Kutuzov is the main trustee of Kutuzov House, a not-profit international organization, which aims to unite the descendants of Kutuzov house and to share its cultural legacy worldwide.


Personal Philosophy 

The key elements of Mr. Kutuzov's philosophy are as follows:

  • Taxes should be low and fair. High taxes discourage economic activity, which leads to lower tax revenue in the long run. Low taxes, on the other hand, encourage people to work, invest, and start businesses, which leads to economic growth and higher tax revenue.

  • Government spending should be limited. The government should only spend money on essential services, such as national defense, law enforcement, and infrastructure. Excessive government spending leads to higher taxes, which stifles economic growth.

  • Regulation should be minimized. Excessive regulation stifles economic activity, which leads to lower tax revenue and higher unemployment. The government should only regulate businesses that are a threat to public health or safety.

Mr. Kutuzov's philosophy is heavily based on the Laffer Curve. The Laffer Curve is a theoretical relationship between tax rates and the amount of tax revenue collected by governments. The curve is named after Arthur Laffer, who popularized it in the 1970s. The Laffer Curve assumes that no tax revenue is raised at the extreme tax rates of 0% and 100%, meaning that there is a tax rate between 0% and 100% that maximizes government tax revenue.

The shape of the curve is a function of taxable income elasticity—i.e., taxable income changes in response to changes in the rate of taxation. As popularized by Laffer, the curve is typically represented as a graph that starts at 0% tax with zero revenue, rises to a maximum rate of revenue at an intermediate rate of taxation, and then falls again to zero revenue at a 100% tax rate. 

The Laffer Curve has been used to argue that cutting tax rates can result in increased total tax revenue. The argument is that if tax rates are too high, people and businesses will have less incentive to work, invest, and produce, which will lead to lower tax revenue in the long run. By cutting tax rates, the government can encourage economic activity, which will lead to higher tax revenue in the long run.

Environmental Views

Mr. Kutuzov is a strong advocate for environmental protection and sustainability. He believes that climate change is a serious threat to the planet and its inhabitants, and that we need to take action now to prevent the worst consequences.

Mr. Kutuzov's views on climate change are similar to those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He believes that human activities are the main cause of climate change, and that we need to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Mr. Kutuzov's ecological agenda is based on the following principles:

  • Urgency: Climate change is a serious threat to the planet and its inhabitants, and we need to take action now to prevent the worst consequences.

  • Justice: The burden of climate change is not evenly distributed, and we need to ensure that the transition to a low-carbon economy is fair and just.

  • Solutions: The tax principle of neutrality should be abandoned. Taxpayers should have an option on their tax return to donate to a federally established environmental budget which is separate from the federal budget.   

In the pursuit of environmental sustainability, the traditional concept of tax neutrality, which advocates for non-discriminatory taxation across all economic activities, may prove to be an impediment. Embracing this principle could hinder the implementation of effective ecological taxes, which often necessitate targeted incentives to promote eco-friendly practices and discourage environmentally detrimental ones.

Instead of adhering to a strict tax neutrality principle, policymakers should consider a more nuanced approach that acknowledges the inherent imbalance between environmental protection and economic activity. By recognizing the environmental costs of pollution, policymakers can design ecological taxes that effectively discourage harmful practices without compromising overall economic growth.

To achieve these goals, Mr. Kutuzov advocates for a number of strategies, including:

  • Education: We need to educate people about climate change and its impacts, so that they can demand action from their leaders.

  • Activism: We need to organize and protest to put pressure on governments and businesses to take action on climate change.

  • Investments: We need to invest in renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies to create a more sustainable future.


Mr. Kutuzov's ecological agenda is an important call to action for all of us. We need to take climate change seriously and work together to create a more sustainable future.

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  • Mr. Kutuzov has been a vocal critic of world leaders for their inaction on climate change.

  • He has called for a rapid and drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

  • He has also argued that the burden of climate change is not evenly distributed, and that the transition to a low-carbon economy must be fair and just.

  • Mr. Kutuzov has been involved in a number of environmental initiatives, including the Fridays for Future movement and the Extinction Rebellion protests.

  • He is a strong believer in the power of individuals to make a difference, and he encourages everyone to get involved in the fight against climate change.

Professional Publications:

1. Caselaw review of disputes about the bonuses of top managers. Employment Law, No. 10 (173), October 2014.

2. Real property acquisition through of adverse possession. Housing Law, No. 8/2014.

3. Violation of exclusive rights to construction documentation. Economy and Law, No. 6 (449), 2014.

4. Competition in the developing as a new legal phenomenon. Law, No. 9, 2013 (RUS).

5. Legal aspects of placing a building on two or more land plots. Economy and Law, No. 6 (437), 2013.

6. Atypical complex development. Enforcement issues. Law, May 2013.

7. Legal aspects of harmonization of technical regulation in Russia, the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Community. Business and Law, No.11 (430), 2012.

8. The acquisition of title to land through  adverse possession in the English and Russian law: public law perspective. Business and Law (Appendix), No. 8 (427), 2012.

9.Comparative analysis of the English Leasehold and the Russian land lease contract. Researches of young scientists in comparative law, No. 2 (11), 2011.

About Kutuzovs Dynasty

The Kutuzovs are an ancient noble dynasty, listed in the Velvet Book. The dynasty gave the world many famous persons in the field of diplomacy, public administration, military, science, art and spirituality. At present time Kutuzovs reside in 48 countries of the world.


Originally, the Kutuzov dynasty came from Prussia, a region which had long-lasting historical connections with Germany. In Russia, Kutuzov family is presented since the beginning of XII century (and, perhaps, even earlier). The historiographers debate over the ethnical origins of earlier Kutuzovs. According to one approach, first Kutuzovs are ethnic Old Prussians who relocated to Russia because of crusade invasion in Prussian region in XIII century by the Teutonic Order. Under another approach, supported by historiographers of the Russian Empire Fyodor Sinelnikov and Nikolay Dubinin, Kutuzovs come from Slavic tribe of rus from Visla river in Prussia.

Russian chronicles contain the lineage of Kutuzovs in the earlier Russian lands, also called Novgorod Rus. A person named Radsha was the first mentioned ancestor of future Kutuzov dynasty. The Velvet Book provides the following description: "From Germans came Radsha, And Radsha had a son Yakun, and Yakun had a son Alexa, and Alexa had a son Gavrilo Alexich" [1]. 

Gavrila Alexich, a grand-grandchild of Radsha,  was a prominent warlord, who participated in the Battle on the Neva on June 15, 1240. In XVI century Kutuzov dynasty split into three branches: Fyodor Alexandrovich Kutuzov became the ancestor of the senior branch of the Kutuzovs. Grigory Alexandrovich Kutuzov Gorbaty bacame the ancestor of the second branch, which extinct in the 16th century. Danila Ananievich became founder of the junior branch of the Kutuzovs.

In the middle of XIV century Golenishchev-Kutuzov branch emerged. Golenishchev-Kutuzovs branch gave the world many bright personalities, such as Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov, a military vis-a-vis of Napoleon Bonaparte and Ilya Golenishchev-Kutuzov

The Kutuzov family is included in the VI, I, III and II parts of the genealogical books of the Novgorod, Pskov, Ryazan and Tver provinces (Gerbovnik, V, 17).


Viacheslav Kutuzov and his family members belong to the senior branch of Kutuzovs.


Coat of arms of Kutuzov dynasty

 Earlier lineage of Kutuzov Dynasty

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Etymology of Kutuzov family name 

The etymology of the word kutuz is debated. The most common interpretation of the name Kutuzov was provided by the Soviet historian professor N.A. Baskakov. In his monograph “Russian Surnames of Turkic Origin”, Baskakov gives the following elucidation of Kutuzov family name:

The surname Kutuzov is based on either the Russian word kutuz 1. ‘pillow on which lace is woven’; 2. in the Kostroma region. 'knot, things in a knot' [Dal, II, p. 227], or, more likely, the nickname Kutuz, which goes back to the Türkic word, found in Turkish qutuz ~ quduz in the meaning of 'mad, quick-tempered, excited' [2].

Our thorough and extensive research showed that the first meaning (slavic language origin of Kutuzov) is more likely. We provide our arguments in the article "To the question of the origin of the name Kutuzov". 

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[1] Sviblov family // Book on Genealogy of Princes and Noblemen, Russian and Entrants. Part I. — Мoscow: Novikov Typograthy, 1787. — p. 309

[2] N.A. Baskakov (1905-1996). Russian surnames of Turkic origin. Rep. ed. E.R. Tenishchev. USSR Academy of Sciences. Institute of Linguistics. - M. 1979 Ed. The science. Main edition: Eastern literature. pp. 92-93. ISBN 978-5-458-23621-8.

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