Vice President of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers Vadim Klyuvgant and FPA Deputy President Konstantin Dobrynin withdrew from the Council of the chamber, in order to avoid agreeing with Russia's decision to annex the territories of Ukraine. A copy of the statement was at the disposal of The Insider.
The lawyers wrote a joint statement about the impossibility of their participation in the work of the Council of the chamber.
Dobrynin and Klyuvgant were among the main initiators and signatories of the FPA anti-war statement. After that, Dobrynin left the position of Secretary of State of the Chamber, saying that he could not exercise his powers "due to the current situation." The anti-war appeal was followed by a scandal, as some of the members of the FPA Council made an appeal in support of the “special operation”. It was their supporters of Alexei Navalny who included in the list of those against whom the EU should impose sanctions. At the same time, the president of the FPA Yuriy Pilipenko, who also signed the anti-war appeal, also got on the list.
Both appeals were removed from the FPA website due to the scandal, and those who signed the anti-war statement were required to withdraw their signatures. As a source in the Chamber told The Insider, one of the signatories of the anti-war appeal, President of the Presidential Administration of the Moscow Region Alesksey Galoganov, withdrew his signature and signed an alternative appeal.
After Russia has accepted the annexed "DPR", "LPR", as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, the FPA may include new chambers of lawyers operating in the annexed Ukrainian territories. The departure of lawyers may be due to the reluctance to be associated with such decisions.
On September 27, on the eve of the annexation of Ukrainian regions, Konstantin Aranovsky, a judge of the Russian Constitutional Court, resigned early. The court did not name the reasons for his dismissal.
Earlier, Vladislav Inozemtsev, Doctor of Economics, director of the Center for Post-Industrial Society Research, told The Insider that the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) proposes to include the leadership of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers, in particular, Igor Mikhailovich, Alexei Galoganov and Yuri Pilipenko, on the sanctions list . However, according to Inozemtsev, it is not necessary to impose sanctions against these persons, since not all members of the Chamber of Advocates are "friends of the regime." According to him, one should be more careful with regard to lawyers, who “play rather a positive role in modern Russian society and are themselves targets of numerous attacks by the regime.”