Ivan Golunov: Russian anti-corruption publisher charged with drug dealing

Media captionPolice changed in and done arrests as protesters collected outward a court

A Russian inquisitive journalist, Ivan Golunov, has been arrested in a collateral Moscow and charged with perplexing to illegally sell drugs.

He was placed underneath residence detain after a justice hearing. Earlier, he was given a medical hearing amid reports he had been harmed during a arrest.

The contributor for Latvia-based news site Meduza was incarcerated on Thursday.

His counsel says drugs were planted on him, an indictment a Russian authorities deny.

Meduza says Mr Golunov, 36, is being “being persecuted given of his journalistic activity”.

What do we know about his arrest?

The justice deserted a ask by investigators to keep him in custody.

He contributor had been on his approach to accommodate another publisher on Thursday when he was stopped and searched by officers.

They contend they found a fake drug mephedrone in his rucksack, and that a after hunt of his prosaic incited adult some-more drugs and some beam – indicating that he was concerned in dealing.

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Investigative publisher Ivan Golunov was arrested on Thursday

The publisher was strictly charged on Saturday morning with attempting illegally to produce, sell or pass on drugs.

Police expelled photos that they pronounced showed drug outfit in Mr Golunov’s flat, though these were after withdrawn, BBC Russian publisher Olga Ivshina reports.

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The police, she adds, certified that “most of a published photos had not been taken during Mr Golunov’s prosaic after all, though were associated to another rapist review that competence be related to his detention”.

Meduza pronounced in a matter that Mr Golunov had perceived threats in new months over a story he was operative on.

“We are assured that Ivan Golunov is innocent,” a matter reads, according to Reuters news agency. “Moreover, we have drift to trust that Golunov is being persecuted given of his journalistic activity.”

‘A low feeling of helplessness’

by Nataliya Zotova, BBC Russian contributor

Ivan Golunov’s friends and reporters have been watchful outward a justice building given a morning, display their support for a co-worker they trust has been poorly arrested.

“I don’t trust we can change anything hire there. But what else can we do?” Evgeny Buntman of Ekho Moskvy, one of few eccentric radio stations in Russia, wondered aloud.

“People come here not given they can be of assistance here, though given of a low feeling of helplessness.”

In a courtroom, Golunov cried when he saw his friends and colleagues. Everyone was awaiting him to be jailed while he awaited trial. Instead, a decider motionless on residence arrest.

The indignant screams of a throng outward now remade into yelps of fun that carried by a open windows into a courtroom.

Now, it was Golunov’s friends to cry – out of relief.

What is being reported about his condition?

A medical hearing during Moscow’s Hospital Number 71 showed that he had an erosion on his behind and bruising around one eye though no critical injuries that compulsory a stay in hospital, Dr Alexander Myasnikov told Russian media.

None of his ribs were broken, he added, after progressing claims that he had suffered a fracture.

Meduza says he was beaten adult by officers both during his detain and after during a military station. He was, a news site says, usually means to hit a crony after 14 hours.

In a initial video of Mr Golunov given his arrest, posted by a Russian news site Breaking Mash, he rises adult his shirt to exhibit outlines on his back.

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Mr Golunov pronounced he had been concerned in “scuffles” with police, and showed bruises.

His lawyer, Dmitry Julay, told reporters that a publisher had been denied food and nap for some-more than 24 hours.

Who is Ivan Golunov?

The publisher has regularly unprotected crime among Moscow’s high-profile businesspeople and a domestic elite, as good as fake financial schemes in a city.

Journalists in Russia have mostly been tormented or pounded in new years for their work. Many antithesis total and tellurian rights activists in Russia have been incarcerated on apparently built drugs charges, that are widely seen as an try to stifle domestic dissent.

Much of Russia’s media is tranquil by a state and Russia is ranked 83rd out of 100 countries for press leisure by Freedom House.

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Mr Golunov’s mom Svetlana (centre) with Galina Timchenko

“We will find out by whose will Vanya [Ivan] is being pursued, and we will make this information public,” Meduza’s executive Galina Timchenko and editor Ivan Kolpakov said.

“We will strengthen a publisher by all accessible means.”

The journalist’s detain sparked protests in Moscow and St Petersburg, and some-more than a dozen people – mostly associate reporters – were reportedly incarcerated and after released.

On Saturday, military incarcerated several people perplexing to criticism about a detain outward Nikulinsky Court, with one poster condemning a box opposite a contributor as a “fabrication”.

Mr Golunov’s mother, Svetlana Golunova, told Reuters a detain was “not even a farce, it is something unbelievable”, and she approaching “only victory”.