Advocate Nicolai Polozov who represents the interests of the deputy chairman of Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz in "case of February 26," and the son of Mustafa Dzhemilev, appealed to the Moscow Chamber of Attorneys for support due to the pressure from the Federal Security Service, reports "Radio Svoboda".
According to the advocate, FSB investigator on the case of Ilmi Umerov who charged with separatism, tries to remove him out of the process transferring to the status of a witness and asking the court the permission to interrogate Polozov about the case circumstances. "The investigator doesn’t have grounds for questioning me as a witness. Article 8 of the Law on Advocacy of the Russian Federation impose a direct ban on lawyer's questioning as a witness in the circumstances that became known to him while providing legal aid," he noted.
Polozov called the actions of the investigator a pressure. "It is an element of pressure on me as a defender, an attempt to remove me from the defender status to the status of witness so that I cannot represent the interests and protect Ilmi Umerov in the next hearings. And in general, it is the same element of pressure, as previously announced by the Russian Federation Investigative Committee pre-investigation checks aimed at me. Of course, the desire of the Russian authorities is aimed to squeeze me out of the Crimea, to make me stop my legal practice here, which is to protect the rights and legitimate interests, in particular, of the Crimean Tatar population," the lawyer said.
Earlier it was reported that former attorney of Nadiya Savchenko Nikolay Polozov announced that the Federal Security Service of Russia initiated an investigation against him. He called it a “pressure” and a “hunt” and links the fact of the investigation to his current acting for the Deputy Head of the Mejlis Ahtem Chiygoz.