MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow Bar Association concluded Friday there was no evidence to disbar three lawyers of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's defense team for alleged ethics abuse.
Earlier this month, the Prosecutor General's Office requested that Anton Drel, Yelena Levina and Denis Dyatlev be disbarred for "breaching lawyers' ethics" by refusing to represent the former Yukos chief in an appeal hearing instead of their hospitalized colleague Genrikh Padva.
The prosecutors accused Khodorkovsky's lawyers of deliberately "dragging out" the appeal to enable their client to run for a parliamentary seat in a December by-election.
The Moscow City Court rejected the man's appeal on September 23, but reduced his prison sentence from nine to eight years.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.