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.
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