MOSCOW (QHA) -

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov represents the interests of the Deputy Chairmen of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ahtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and a son of the leader of the Crimean Tatars, Hayser Dzhemilev, in the courts of the occupied Crimea. The lawyer asked the Council of the Bar Chamber of Moscow for help, according to his Facebook page.

Polozov noted that this decision is connected with the FSB attempts to remove him from defense of Ilmi Umerov in court and give him a witness status.

“Due to the ongoing illegal attempts by the Russian FSB and the Crimean Prosecutor to involve me into investigation activities, namely to interrogate me as a witness in the criminal case against Ilmi Umerov, as well as due to the circumstances known to me after granting Umerov legal aid, I had to appeal to the Bar Chamber of Moscow for clarification on the actions of a lawyer in a difficult ethical situation,” the lawyer wrote.

He noted that "the lawyer corporation must express its strong opinion on the preservation and protection of the attorney-client privilege, guaranteed by the Constitution of Russia, from the unconstitutional efforts of the FSB and prosecutorial bodies to crush this institution."

Earlier QHA reported that November 8, the Supreme Court of Crimea considered the case against Nicholay Polozov, the lawyer of the Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The lawyer said that the attempt of the "Investigative Committee" of Crimea to bring a case against him is caused by the desire of the Russian authorities to deprive the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov protection.

It was reported earlier that Ilmi Umerov was detained by the Russian FSB in Bakhchysarai on May12. The criminal case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov was launched at the request of the so-called Public Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea.

The prosecution alleges that in March 2016, Umerov being in the territory of Ukraine, publicly called to "violate the territorial integrity of Russia" during his live interview with ATR TV Channel.

July 21, District Court of Simferopol, rejected his complaint against the decision to institute criminal proceedings against him.
September 7, Umerov was released from a psychiatric hospital in Simferopol, where he underwent a forced psychiatric examination for three weeks.

The human rights organization Human Rights Watch compared the repression against Umerov with punitive psychiatry of Soviet times.

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