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Published in Stream:
Day 926: August 31, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
FSB Claims Detained Ukrainian Panov Rejected Lawyer's Services
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Igor Kotelyanets, brother of Yevgeny Panov, the Ukrainian citizen detained by the Russian security services in occupied Crimea earlier this month and accused of terrorism, has told the Crimean Human Rights Group that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has declared that his brother has refused a lawyer.

Kotelyanets presented the Group with a scan of a letter sent by the FSB to a lawyer (whose name is redacted) who had approached the occupying authorities in order to represent Panov.
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The letter contains no signature or statement from Panov, even though, according to Russian law, a lawyer can only be rejected by a detainee in writing.

The unnamed lawyer, brought in by Panov's family, intends to appeal as they do not recognise the FSB letter as legal. 

In the opinion of the Crimean Human Rights Group, the occupying authorities are trying to hinder lawyers from having access to Panov, possibly in order to conceal evidence of torture or coercion.

-- Pierre Vaux