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The Leningrad Region Bar Association terminates disciplinary proceedings against Safronov's lawyer Evgeny Smirnov

The Qualification Commission of the Leningrad Region Bar Association terminated disciplinary proceedings against lawyer Yevgeny Smirnov, defending ex-Kommersant and Vedomosti journalist Ivan Safronov, accused of treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code). This is reported by the “First Department”.

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The chamber commission found no violations in Smirnov's actions. “I am grateful to the Qualification Commission for the wise and legal decision. The Chamber of Advocates of the Leningrad Region has once again demonstrated its adherence to the principles of the legal profession, the law and its independence, ”said the defender.

Disciplinary proceedings against Smirnov were initiated by the Leningrad Region Bar Association a month ago. The Investigation Department of the FSB turned to the Ministry of Justice, claiming that Smirnov missed investigative actions in the Safronov case six times without good reason, as well as in the case of his other client – physicist Viktor Kudryavtsev, who was accused of treason – in April, the scientist died.

After initiating disciplinary proceedings, Smirnov announced that he had left for Georgia, but did not rule out that he would return to Russia. “My departure was not related to a disciplinary case, so I am still in Georgia,” the defender told Novaya Gazeta.

A criminal case was initiated against another Safronov lawyer Ivan Pavlov * in the spring in connection with “disclosing »Information on the Safronov case. The law enforcement officials' claims were related to the fact that the defense lawyer submitted to the Vedomosti newspaper a decision to bring his client into custody as an accused, and then told the media that an anonymous secret witness under a pseudonym had appeared in his case.

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