The morning starts with the usual news — searches and detentions. This time police raided the home of Ivan Pavlov, a well-known lawyer, human rights defender and head of the Team 29 (Komanda 29)– association of lawyers and journalists fighting for the rights of Russian citizens to information access and distribution.
Pavlov has been detained. He is charged with Article 310 of the RF Criminal Code (“Disclosure of data of the preliminary investigation”). The penalties under this article are a fine of up to 80,000 rubles or up to 480 hours of compulsory work, or correctional labor for up to two years. A petition has already been published on the Change.org website with a demand to stop the harassment of the lawyer and his colleagues.
Ivan Pavlov recently handled the case of the journalist Ivan Safronov (charged with high treason) and the case of Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) under which the FBK, the Citizens» Rights Defense Foundation (FPZG), and Navalny’s offices nationwide could be declared extremist.
And here’s what we, the Community of Investigative Journalists — Fond 19/29, think about the Pavlov’s case.
Grigory Pasko: Ivan Pavlov’s detention was so expected, journalists have often asked him in recent interviews, whether he is afraid they will come after him too. Ivan joked: no need to fall before the gunshot.
The shot rang out.
A hundred years ago, I wrote in my story «The Biscuit»: «If you wait — they will come. If you don’t wait — they will come, but unexpectedly. And that’s worse, but not fatal. Be prepared for the fact that you’ll be taken out of bed at night, when you’re a guest, at the kiosk where you buy cigarettes, at the plane ramp (like me), or anywhere else. They have a lot of fantasies about it «.
They will come after everyone. Do not be fooled.
Why Ivan, it is clear. He’s in the thick of the most high-profile court cases of the Putin era. Why Article 310? It’s also clear: in almost all the cases in which Pavlov participates as a defense lawyer, there is a paper with the secrecy stamp.
I would like to add that (since Ivan Pavlov was my lawyer for many years, and I was able to study his style of work): Ivan is clever and meticulous, the highest professional. And, of course, he knows perfectly well the limits of what the “chekists” (secret police –ed.) call state secrets. Experience and knowledge ALWAYS tell him where, what and how to say, so to comply with the FSB claims (no matter absurd), and do everything in favor of the client.
The purpose of this “a la KGB” security forces show is to deprive Pavlov of the lawyer status and to intimidate other lawyers, to drive them into the stall with red flags.
Ivan is certainly not afraid of all this, but this does not mean that we do not need to help him and his team. As much as we can.
Galina Sidorova. Ivan Pavlov’s case is certainly not a private case of a lawyer. To be more precise, not just personal — it is clear that everyone has to deal with all of this government nonsense personally. This is yet another step in Putin’s planned reprisal against the civil society. Repressions are becoming both targeted and mass at the same time. Every day, they come after activists and journalists under pretexts that may seem absurd in the eyes of a normal person. Geographically it happens from Moscow to the very outskirts of Russia. Now, apparently, it’s the turn of the lawyers. Belarus, in my opinion, has set an example for the Kremlin: most of the independent lawyers there have already been deprived of their licenses, or are under investigation. Of course, there’s nothing to be surprised about; in a country where there is law and at the same time justice is trampled, the law turns into an anti-law. The only hope is that in this situation, gradually and painfully for the society, the Kremlin power devours itself.
And, of course, it is our common cause, a matter of honor and conscience — to fight for our friend, who put all his professional strength and skills to help many of us in exercising the right to professional activity, and to freedom, and for our readers — to their right to know.
Alexei Shlyapuzhnikov. Lawyers are not hired from the good life. People whose communication with the outside world is limited by the walls of the cell and the rules of the internal regulations of the Federal Penitentiary Service resort to their help. The role of the lawyer is to represent the interests of the client not only in court, but wherever the law, the situation and common sense require it, including communication with journalists.
Persecution of lawyers for the performance of their professional duty is unacceptable, because in this way the authorities violate and actually abolish the right of suspects and defendants to a fair defense.
Today’s events are not only an attack on Ivan Pavlov and his team. It’s an act of intimidation directed against the entire Russian Bar and the entire Russian journalism. The goal of the “siloviki” is to destroy communication between lawyers and the media by instilling fear. Fear and intimidation can only be resisted together, and we urge all lawyers and journalists to join our demand for an immediate end to the persecution and the release of Ivan Pavlov.