The Russian lawyer Ivan Pavlov has left his country. He left due to restrictions imposed on him as part of the criminal proceedings concerning the alleged disclosure of data from the investigation. “I was forbidden to do anything without which the work of a lawyer cannot be effective. The bans did not apply to only one thing – the possibility of leaving the country. It was a sign showing a way out” – he wrote in social media. He reported that he went to Georgia.
Russian lawyer Ivan Pavlov, the founder of the Komanda 29 lawyers group, announced on Tuesday that he had left Russia for Georgia in connection with a criminal case against him concerning the alleged disclosure of data from the investigation. Pavlov represented in trials, among others Foundation for Fighting Corruption (FBK), founded by oppositionist Alexei Navalny.
“I am now an emigrant, for now in Georgia,” Pavlov wrote on social media. “The bans imposed on me in connection with the criminal case gradually made my work impossible. I was banned from using means of communication and the Internet, communicating with clients and some colleagues. In general, I was forbidden to do anything without which the work of a lawyer cannot be effective. The prohibitions did not concern only one thing – the possibility of leaving the country. It was a sign showing the exit “- he added.
The lawyer declared that the trip was temporary and that he would return to the country. He also announced that he would continue his work, which was the reason for forcing him to leave.
Famous lawyer Ivan Pavlov in the crosshairs of the Russian services
In 2014, Pavlov founded a group called Komanda 29 that provided legal assistance. The lawyer was involved in criminal cases involving the disclosure of state secrets, high treason or espionage. Komanda 29 publicized cases of such accusations, usually – due to the specific nature of the accusations – hardly accessible to the public.
Pavlov acted as a defense attorney in such high-profile proceedings as the criminal case against the former journalist of the newspaper “Kommersant” Ivan Safronov and the scientist Viktor Kudriavtsev. Both were charged with high treason. Komanda 29 also represented the Foundation for Combating Corruption (FBK) established by the opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Earlier, after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Komanda 29’s lawyers defended people accused of providing information on the movement of Russian troops.
In April this year Ivan Pavlov was arrested and charged with breaching the secrecy of the investigation. Investigators claimed that the attorney had disclosed information about a secret witness in a criminal case against Safronov. Pavlov may be imprisoned for up to three months and deprived of his lawyer status. The court forbade him to use the telephone and the Internet. More than 40 Russian lawyers have filed appeals against the court’s decision in a court in Moscow.
In the summer of that year, Komanda 29 ended its operations after the organization’s website was blocked at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office.
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