But that is not an isolated incident. Dozens of others have been subject to criminal prosecution or had to fight off official applications to strip them of their right to practice. “Lawyers … are viewed as fair game,” said Robert Amsterdam, who has been barred from entering Russia over his role as part of the legal team for jailed tycoon and Kremlin opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky. “Any professional groups that are independent and outside the control of the authorities in (President Vladimir) Putin’s Russia are viewed as a threat,” said Amsterdam.
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