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.
Zaur Dadaev, who is imprisoned for the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov, may soon be put in stricter conditions of detention. Being sent for any, sometimes contrived violations of the regime in a punitive confinement (SHIZO), Dadaev is being forced to pass a check on the lie detector and give evidence on the Nemtsov case.
The video showing prisoner being tortured by officers of the Yaroslavl correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1), which was published on July 20, caused a public outcry and the initiation of a criminal case by the Investigative Committee. However, a year ago, an ICR officer found no exceeding of official powers in the video, thus justifying the torture.
A large-scale purge of thieves in law, which started shortly after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s coming to power, continues in Armenia. After receiving threats of arrests, thieves were taken in custody for carrying weapons and drugs.
However, the thief, who is currently dividing the spheres of influence in Ukraine’s Odessa region with Antimoz Kukhilava through his representatives, has been sentenced in absentia. Mindiya Goradze is not in Georgia at the moment.