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Russian Ministry of Justice demands Emil Kurbedinov to be expelled from the Bar

10 January 2019

The Ministry of Justice of Russia demanded that the Crimean Central Bar Association exclude from the list of founders and members the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. This was reported on the website Internet resource "Novaya Gazeta".

Russian Ministry of Justice refers to the decisions of the Zheleznodorozhny (January 26, 2017) and Kiev (December 7, 2018) district "courts" of Simferopol, which dealt with administrative proceedings against Kurbedinov under article 20.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation ("propaganda or public display of attributes or symbols of extremist organizations") for reposts in social networks dated of 2013. 

On his Facebook page Kurbedinov called it the continuing pressure on lawyers.

"The pressure on lawyers continues. The legislation of Russia in the field of extremism and terrorism as a tool to combat lawyers and activists," said Emil Kurbedinov.

On December 6, 2018, employees of the so-called Center for Countering Extremism in the occupied Crimea detained the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. On December 7, the Kiev district "court" of Simferopol arrested Kurbedinov for 5 days. He was charged with article 20.3 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses (“propaganda or public demonstration of attributes or symbols of extremist organizations”) for a post on Facebook dated of 2013.

Earlier, on January 26, 2018, the Zheleznodorozhny district "court" of Simferopol found the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov guilty of an administrative offense under the same article 20.3 of the  Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses. Then the "court" sentenced him to an arrest for 10 days.