MOSCOW, March 29 - RAPSI. Chairman of the Moscow City Bar Association (MCBA) Henry Reznik said the claim to strip lawyer Pavel Ivlev of his license should be lodged only by his clients.

Ivlev represented the interests of First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and his family.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that over the past 12 years Shuvalov and his family made millions thanks to investments in securities, particularly Gazprom shares. The magazine quoted several sources and financial documents.

The magazine noted that Shuvalov made his fortune legally, but attempted to find a link between his wealth and the growth of companies whose business depended on government decisions.

The ALM Feldmans law firm, which employed Ivlev, assumes that he provided the materials for the article and said it will seek to deprive Ivlev of his license.

The firm reported on Wednesday that Ivlev could have spread information in foreign media about the alleged affiliation between Shuvalov and financial companies.

Ivlev said earlier that he was a course mate of Shuvalov and former YUKOS lawyer Vasily Aleksanyan at the legal department of the Moscow State University.