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Prominent Russian Lawyer Barred From Leaving Russia

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Mark Feygin (file photo)

Mark Feygin (file photo)

Prominent Russian human rights lawyer Mark Feygin has been barred from leaving Russia in a move he says is aimed at preventing him from defending Crimean Tatars at an Organization for Security and Cooperation event in Warsaw.

Feygin posted a photograph of the order barring him from leaving on Twitter on August 18 and said it also is intended “to block my visits to Ukraine."

Feygin was one of the main defense lawyers for Ukrainian military aviator Nadia Savchenko, who spent nearly two years in Russian custody after being captured in Ukraine.

The document that Feygin posted indicates that Russian court bailiffs ordered the travel ban because he is a “debtor from the Russian Federation.”

Feygin did not comment on the nature of the purported debt.

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