Russian Lawyer Who Defended Noted Opposition Figures Flees Country

Russian lawyer Vadim Prokhorov, who has defended noted opposition figures such as jailed politicians Vladimir Kara-Murza and Ilya Yashin, as well as the late Boris Nemtsov, has fled Russia fearing for his safety. Prokhorov told Voice of America in Washington, D.C. in an interview on April 18 that he left Russia days before a court in Moscow sentenced Kara-Murza to 25 years in prison. Prokhorov added that a Russian politician had tipped him off about a probe against him on unspecified charges planned by prosecutors. To read the original story by RFE/RL's Russian Service, click here.