Lawyers' association confirms Navalny's qualification as defense lawyer

The Kirov Regional Chamber of Lawyers has confirmed that opposition activist Alexei Navalny has passed all the necessary procedures for acquiring a lawyer status that authorizes him to act as a defense attorney.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian Investigative Committee claimed that Navalny's acquisition of the status was illegal. Previously, Committee investigators questioned Navalny's new status during an interview that was part of the Kirovles company embezzlement case.

"Before one is allowed to sit the exam, one has to have all one's documents checked, and an admission report is written that says that the candidate meets all the criteria that are laid down in the law," Kirov Chamber of Lawyers President Marina Kopyrina told Interfax on Wednesday. She said Navalny had all his papers approved before passing his exam.

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