Sergii Vynnyk, an attorney, a human rights activist, and a citizen of the Russian Federation, has recently been the subject of an administrative criminal proceeding resulting in a criminal fine for representing a client. He is also currently facing criminal charges for alleged personal financial improprieties. These charges were filed against Mr. Vynnyk by the Russian Federation after he agreed to represent the Ukrainian World Congress following the Russian Federation’s determination, in 2019, that it is an “unwelcome organization.” The Ukrainian World Congress is a non-profit, nonpartisan international coordinating assembly of Ukrainian public organizations in the diaspora, established in 1967 in New York City.
One of the principles of the rule of law is that everyone is entitled to a right to counsel and to a fair trial. Attorneys cannot be persecuted on the basis of their clients’ identities. The UABA strongly condemns the violations by the Russian Federation of the principles of the rule of law and Mr. Vynnyk’s rights both as an individual and as an attorney and calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately cease perpetrating such human rights violations and drop all criminal charges brought against Mr. Vynnyk.
The Officers and Governors of the Ukrainian American Bar Association