Russian rights advocates work on downside of denial of attorneys’ entry to detention

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Russian rights advocates work on problem of denial of attorneys’ access to detention

14:44 15/12/2020

MOSCOW, December 15 (RAPSI) – According to the chairman of the panel, Valery Fadeyev, members of the Russian Presidential Council for Human Rights are working on the issue of denial of lawyers’ access to their clients in custody.

Previously, lawyers had complained that they could not visit their clients in Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center. Members of the Citizens’ Chamber have also repeatedly complained about this problem. However, the investigators are allowed to visit the detention center.

In denying lawyers access to their clients, Lefortovo law enforcement officials cite the lack of permission from the investigators. However, the Code of Criminal Procedure provides that lawyers may look after inmates on their attorney’s card or arrest warrant.

It is necessary to solve the problem and achieve the exercise of equality, Fadeyev said during his meeting with journalists on Tuesday.