Lawyer Ivan Pavlov was detained in Moscow on April 30. On the same day, in the presence of representatives of the Moscow and the St. Petersburg Bar Associations, searches were carried out in his room in the Moscow Mercure hotel, in the home and office of Ivan Pavlov in St. Petersburg. In the course of the searches, the investigators seized, in particular, Pavlov's lawyers 'proceedings, as well as information carriers containing the correspondence of the defense lawyer with his clients and electronic copies of documents from lawyers' proceedings. All the lawyer's dossier in the case of Ivan Safronov, one of whose defenders is Mr.Pavlov, was seized at the hotel as well. Ivan Pavlov is charged with Art. 310 of the Criminal Code «Disclosure of preliminary investigation data». According to the decision to initiate a criminal case, Ivan Pavlov, without the consent of the investigator, handed over to Vedomosti journalists a copy of the decision to bring journalist Ivan Safronov into custody, and also «organized the placement» of this document on the Web. In addition, Ivan Pavlov told reporters about a secret witness who appeared in the case.
On June 30, the Commission for the Protection of the Professional Rights of Lawyers of the Bar Association of St. Petersburg prepared an opinion, where numerous violations committed in the criminal case against the lawyer Ivan Pavlov were revealed. The Commission for the Protection of the Professional Rights of Lawyers of the Bar Association of St. Petersburg emphasized that it is unacceptable to bring a lawyer to justice for their acts of defense, expressed in the refutation of inaccurate information.