Lawyers threaten to stage mass strike due to 700-million-ruble debt
According to the media, the Ministry of Internal Affairs owes the Russian lawyer community 700 million rubles as payment of royalties.
Lawyers are getting ready to stage a massive public strike.
According to Andrey Suchkov, serving as vice president of the Federal Chamber of Advocates of Russia (FCAR), the number of lawyers who refuse to handle cases on investigative activities is currently increasing.
Previously, the police would engage public defenders from the Federal Chamber of Lawyers to work with detainees, who can not afford a lawyer. At the same time, delays in the payment of royalties payment, which began in the summer of 2013, have increased this year. Today, the MIA's debt to the legal community is 700 million rubles, and there is a 'pre-strike' situation.
The MIA explained the delays in payment of fees to lawyers by the fact the agency's budget has been reduced. During a meeting, which took place on December 21, the representatives of the FCAR, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, and the Ministry of Finance promised to reduce the existing debt by 40% by the end of this year, and pay the remaining money to lawyers in January 2017.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?