A criminal case has been opened against lawyer Dmitry Talantov, one of the defenders of journalist Ivan Safronov, said Dmitry Zair-Bek, head of the First Department human rights project.
According to him, the case is being investigated by the investigative department of the Main Investigative Committee of the ICR for the South-West Administrative District. There are 4 searches in the case.
Earlier, lawyer Ivan Pavlov announced Talantov's detention:
“Another defender of journalist Ivan Safronov, lawyer Dmitry Talantov, has just been detained. He was taken away in handcuffs by employees of the Investigative Committee for Udmurtia.
Ivan Pavlov himself left Russia in the fall of 2021 after he was accused of disclosing investigation data in the case of journalist Ivan Safronov, who is accused of treason. His organization "Team 29" was considered undesirable in Russia. Later, the Ministry of Justice included Ivan Pavlov in the register of “foreign agents” media.
Safronov was detained on July 7, 2020 and placed under arrest. The investigation stated that in 2012 he was recruited by a representative of the Czech intelligence service, to whom in 2017 he passed 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 ultimate recipient of the classified information, according to investigators, was the United States.
Safronov does not admit guilt and believes that the criminal case is connected with his journalistic activities.