Journalism and Protests – level 2

19-06-2019 15:00

Russia is not a safe country for journalists, as people say that 58 reporters were killed there between 1992 and 2019.

Most recently, Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter for the news site Meduza, was arrested on June 6. People knew him for exposing corruption in Moscow.

The police said that he had drugs which he was going to sell. He was facing up to 20 years in prison, but his supporters said that the police planted the drugs. The supporters also started demonstrating which pushed the police to let Golunov go and set him free of any trouble.

However, the demonstrations went on. The police arrested more than 500 people. The Kremlin was involved on Thursday and fired three police generals for their roles in opening a criminal case against Golunov.

Difficult words: expose (show), supporter (somebody who supports – likes and helps someone), plant (secretly put something to get a person in trouble).

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