Journalist Ivan Safronov was interrogated as a witness in a criminal case against his lawyer Ivan Pavlov, who is charged with disclosing the data of the preliminary investigation, and was forbidden to communicate with his lawyer. About this reported Pavlov himself.
“Last week Ivan Safronov was questioned as a witness in my criminal case. Since among the prohibitions imposed on me as a measure of restraint by the Basmanny Court there is a prohibition to communicate with witnesses in my criminal case, this means that now I cannot communicate with my client. This is the kind of competition and equality of the parties, ”Pavlov said.
At the same time, he remains Safronov’s defender.
The journalist, who remains in the position of adviser to the head of Roscosmos, has been charged with high treason. According to the defense, the investigation believes that Safronov was recruited in 2012 by a representative of the Czech secret service. In 2017, Safronov allegedly gave her secret information related to Russia’s military-technical cooperation in African countries and the actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the Middle East. The final recipient of the classified information, according to the investigation, was the United States. Safronov does not admit guilt and believes that the criminal case is related to his journalistic activities.
Lawyer Pavlov in April 2021 became a defendant in a criminal case on the disclosure of data from a preliminary investigation. The investigation believes that the lawyer illegally organized the publication of the decree on bringing Safronov as an accused, and also told reporters about a secret witness in the journalist’s case. Pavlov also does not admit his guilt and considers the claims of the investigation to be unfounded. According to the position of the lawyer, he reported to the media about violations of the law against Safronov.