Journalism and Protests – level 3
Russia is definitely not the safest country for journalists – people say that 58 reporters have been killed in the country since 1992.
Most recently, Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter for the news site Meduza, was arrested on June 6. He was known for his exposés on local government corruption in Moscow.
The police said that he had drugs which he was going to sell, which could lead to up 20 years in prison, but his supporters said that the police planted the drugs. His arrest led to demonstrations which pushed Russian authorities to set the journalist free. However, the demonstrations continued until last Wednesday, ever after charges against Golunov were dropped.
Police responded to the demonstrations, arresting more than 500 people, which included a leading opposition politician. On Thursday, the Kremlin got involved and fired two police major generals in Moscow and the city’s drug control chief for their roles in opening a criminal case against Golunov.
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