Kremlin Moves to Disbar Human Rights Lawyer

May 16, 2007 03:38 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Distinguished Russian human rights advocate Karinna Moskalenko, whose clients include Garry Kasparov and the family of murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya, may lose her right to practice.

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Moskalenko is the founder of the Moscow-based International Protection Center (IPC). The IPC brings Russian cases before the European Court of Human Rights, whose jurisdiction Russia officially recognized in its 1993 constitution.

In the Yeltsin era the IPC's cases numbered in the dozens, but under the current administration it receives 12,000 requests for representation a year.

One of Moskalenko's most well-known clients is former CEO of Yukos Oil Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was Jailed for fraud in 2005. He was found guilty of fraud. However, Putin's critics say that Khodorkovsky's real crime was to support the Kremlin’s political opponents.

On April 18, the prosecutor general's office ruled that Moskalenko failed to adequately represent Khodorkovsky. Allegedly, she breached the rules of proper conduct by leaving a conference early to attend to her sick son.

The IPC claim that the Russian prosecutor's move is the latest in a series of Kremlin acts designed to intimidate human rights advocates and lawyers.


Karinna Moskalenko’s Notable Clients

Moskalenko is currently serving as a member of the defense team for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former CEO of Yukos Oil.
The rest of Khodorkovsky’s defense team.
Khodorkovsky's ongoing trial updates.
Moskalenko also provided legal services for the families of those killed in the Nord-Ost Theater siege.
Moskalenko is the legal advisor to Garry Kasparov and his coalition, The Other Russia.
Moskalenko is also legal counsel to the family of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Karinna Moskalenko was legal counsel to Valeriy Kalashnikov during her suit against the Russian government for human rights violations.

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