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Top human rights lawyer leaves Russia, citing criminal case against him

MOSCOW, Sept 7 — A outstanding Russian human rights lawyer who defended jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s basis and labored on many high-profile instances stated as we speak that he had left Russia because of a criminal inquiry against him.

Ivan Pavlov is well-known inside Russia for taking up politically delicate instances and defending individuals accused of every thing from treason to espionage.

Russia opened a criminal case against him in April, accusing him of revealing labeled info regarding an ongoing treason investigation against former journalist Ivan Safronov, one in every of his purchasers.

“The restrictions imposed on me in reference to the criminal case have step by step made my work unimaginable,” Pavlov wrote on messenger. “The restrictions didn’t contact upon one factor: my potential to go away the nation. This was an indication pointing to the exit.”

Russia’s Investigative Committee, the physique that probes main crimes, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Pavlov, who stated he had been barred him from utilizing the web and speaking with purchasers and colleagues in Russia, stated he was now based mostly in Georgia within the South Caucasus.

“I’ll have to begin many issues from scratch, nevertheless it received’t be the primary time,” Pavlov stated. “I plan to proceed the work that brought about me to be compelled to go away my nation.” — eNM

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