Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russia Police Detain More Than 400 At Moscow Journalist Protest

Russia Police Detain More Than 400 At Moscow Journalist Protest

Russian police detained more than 400 people, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow on Wednesday calling for punishment for police officers involved in the alleged framing of a journalist.

Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said on Tuesday the criminal case against Golunov was being dropped due to a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing on his part.

Numerous protesters demanded the reform of Russia's law enforcement agencies and the release of detained victims of police. Some wore T-shirts reading "I am/We are Ivan Golunov", the headline used by three national newspapers amid a public outcry over the case. Golunov and his publication, Meduza, claim that his arrest was in retaliation for his investigative reporting on corruption.

Officers in insurrection tools clashed with protesters all the blueprint during the unauthorised march in enhance of Ivan Golunov.

Golunov said he wouldn't participate in the protest but planned to continue investigating government corruption for Meduza news.

An older woman said: "Apart from what we achieved with Ivan a lot of other people are wrongly behind bars".

Police said earlier they had detained over 200 people.

Krivosheev also called on authorities "to immediately and unconditionally release the protestors arrested today".

"I'm loving the view", Navalny wrote in an Instagram post that included a photo of demonstrators taken from the barred window of a van where he was being held by police.

Mr Navalny tweeted that the authorities had become very nervous by the "improbable and unanimous expression of cohesion in the Golunov case" and become as soon as now setting about destroying that cohesion and intimidating and jailing of us who persevered.

On the same day, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova voiced her concern with Golunov's case saying that it has highlighted a number of important issues about existing detention procedures.

"We came to show the authorities that we have consolidated, that we are united", said a protester known as Vsevolod, 24. "We were lucky that Ivan was freed but it was a small victory - we haven't won the war". It said police had started to release some of them without charge while drawing up charges against others.

While welcoming Golunov's release, a spokeswoman for the European Union on foreign affairs said the trend in Russian Federation with regard to media freedom "remains worrying".

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