(en) (nl)
1 december 2016

(en) (nl)

Russian Federation

Justice International and Lawyers for Lawyers are concerned about the continued harassment of – and pressure on – lawyer Mark Feygin. We have reason to believe that Mark Feygin is subject to harassment in connection with his legitimate activities as attorney.

Mark Feygin is a well-known lawyer from the Russian Federation. He has represented clients in many political cases including Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists, the Ukrainian pilot and Member of Parliament Nadia Savchenko, Deputy Chair of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Ilmi Umerov, and publicist Andrei Piontkovsky.

Since October 2016, Mark Feygin has been defending a Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrainian state media agency Ukrinform in Paris, France. He was arrested in Moscow on accusations of espionage. Since the moment Mark Feygin became Sushchenko’s attorney, he has been under constant public pressure in connection with his legal defense of Ukrainian political prisoners. Feygin regularly receives threats and is subject to constant harassment.

This is not the first time Mark Feygin is facing difficulties in exercising his professional activities when representing clients in sensitive cases. In 2015, Russian authorities tried to initiate a criminal case against Mark Feygin for publishing tweets on his twitter account about the case against his client Nadiya Savchenko. Savchenko is a Ukrainian air-force pilot who was charged with the killing of two Russian journalists. The Ministry of Justice then also requested the Moscow Bar Association to conduct an audit of Mark Feygin’s activities, to establish whether these alleged ‘extremist statements’ are in violation of the code of lawyer’s ethics and could lead to disciplinary action.

To effectively fulfill their role as essential agents of justice and in upholding the rule of law, lawyers should be able to perform their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference, in compliance with internationally recognized laws and standards, including the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

Justice International and Lawyers for Lawyers call on the Russian authorities to comply with their international obligations to provide the necessary guarantees for the proper functioning of lawyers, including to do the utmost to protect Mark Feygin from persecution, improper restrictions and infringements, and to carry out an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats against him.

Meer nieuws uit Russian Federation

3 oktober 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council on the Russian Federation

Russian Federation

On 26 September 2022, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral statement on the situation of lawyers and human rights defenders

Lees verder
12 juli 2022

Statement on the criminal prosecution and pre-trial detention of Dmitry Talantov

Russian Federation

Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the criminal prosecution and pre-trial detention of Dmitry Talantov, human rights lawyer and the president of the Bar Association of the Republic of Udmurtia. In the morning of 28 June 2022, Mr. Talantov was

Lees verder
22 juni 2022

Interview with Daria Korolenko: “We’ve talked about it for a long time, but only now has it become more visible outside of Russia”

Russian Federation

To help or support lawyers from the Russian Federation, the international legal community should use their resources to advocate for the documentation, monitoring and investigation of human rights violations in Russia, says OVD-Info’s Daria Korolenko. OVD-Info OVD-Info is an independent

Lees verder
15 april 2022

Russian lawyers prevented from carrying out their professional duties

Russian Federation

Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about threats to the independence of the legal profession and access to justice in the Russian Federation. Since 24 February 2022 mass protests against the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine have been taking place in

Lees verder