In 2005, he graduated with honours from the Russian Academy of Justice at the Supreme Court.

Since 2005 till 2015 - Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Advance Training of Judges.

professional experience

Since August 2011 - Senior Partner at Honcharova, Novikov & Partners Law Firm.

On January 12, 2012, he received Lawyer’s Certificate No.11735 for practice in the Russian Federation.

Since January 2013 – Partner at Tensor Consulting Group, Consulting Company.

The People’s Deputy of Ukraine Nadiia Savchenko and political prisoners in the Russian Federation, namely: Nikolai Karpiuk, Stanislav Klych, Oleksiy Chirnyi and Valentyn Vyhovskyi are among other trustees of Lawyer Novikov. Another his client is Viacheslav Platon, the Moldovan businessman and politician, who is charged in Moldova for fraud in particularly large amounts and for money laundering (Articles 190 and 243 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Moldova).

Since December 15, 2017, he became a partner at the Barristers Lawyers Association.


  • ‘Student-Lawyer of the Year in Russian Federation‘ awarded by the Federal Association of Legal Universities of the Russian Federation, the year of 2001;
  • ‘Defender of the Year‘, the prize to the Lawyer S.L. Aria. - ‘Novaia Gazieta‘, 2016;
  • Nomination for the ‘Person of the Year Award’ under the version of the GQ Russia, the year of 2017.


He debuted in the ‘What? Where? When?‘ TV Show in the year of 2002 in Marina Ufaieva’s Team. Subsequently, he acted for the team of Oles Mukhin, Serhii Vivatenko and Oleksii Blinov. He has been recognized as the best player in the team many times. He is Two-time winner of the Crystal Owl (autumn of 2004 and summer of 2014), owner of Diamond Owl (the final game of 2014). In 2010, for the first time in his career, he won Super-Blitz, a round, where only one of six players is at the playing table.

In the sports version of that game, he plays for KSEP Team. He is a Multiple World Championship winner, and he is a World Champion for the year 2014. Champion of Russia for the years 2002, 2013 and 2014. He is the winner of the Cup of Nations (unofficial name ‘World Championship among National Teams‘) in the year 2006 as a member of the Russian national team. He is the winner of the Student Cup of Europe for ‘What? Where? When?‘ Game in the year 2005. According to ‘What? Where? When?‘ International Game Website, he is among the 11 players who took part in all the first ten ‘What? Where? When?’ World Sports Championships.

 In the season of 2016, the team of Oles Mukhin, which includes Illia Novikov, has not been allowed to play. In his interview to the ‘Moscow Komsomol’, the presenter and program manager Boris Kriuk admitted that it was due to Novikov’s involvement in the defence of Nadiia Savchenko and that Novikov would no longer be able to play in the elite club of connoisseurs. Novikov did not consider Mr. Kriuk guilty in the situation, and he told in his interview that, after the start of the Savchenko’s case, he was ready to withdraw from the Show on his own initiative at any moment. In a short period, there was information in the media that Novikov would play in the‘ What? Where? When?’ Show released by Ukrainian television.