Russian Federation: End persecution of Ivan Safronov’s lawyers

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the unprecedented pressure placed by the Russian authorities on defence lawyers Ivan Pavlov and Evgeny Smirnov representing Russian journalist, Ivan Safronov, who has been charged with high treason. The organization is also concerned about the continuing unlawful pressure exerted by the investigative authorities on Ivan Safronov and the conditions of his pre-trial detention. The actions of the Russian authorities violate the rights to fair trial, freedom of expression and freedom of association, as well as are entirely inconsistent with the obligations to protect human rights defenders.

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