On this picture taken on Saturday, June eight, 2019, Ivan Golunov, a distinguished Russian investigative reporter, who labored for the unbiased web site Meduza, leaves the cage in a court docket room in Moscow, Russia. Golunov left the courtroom after the ruling to position him beneath home arrest till Aug. 7. Within the court docket listening to, he denied being concerned with medicine and stated he can be keen to assist investigators. (Evgeny Feldman/meduza.io through AP) The Related Press
MOSCOW (AP) — In a present of uncommon solidarity, Russia’s three main newspapers on Monday put out almost similar entrance pages to assist a detained journalist.
Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK, among the many most revered each day newspapers within the nation, revealed a joint editorial beneath the headline “I am/We are Ivan Golunov,” calling for a clear probe into the case of the distinguished investigative journalist.
Golunov was crushed and saved in custody for 12 hours and not using a lawyer when he was stopped by police in Moscow on Thursday. He was transferred to deal with arrest on Saturday following a public outpouring of assist, however he nonetheless faces drug dealing expenses that would ship him to jail for as a lot as 20 years.
The papers dismissed proof introduced within the case towards the journalist.
Russia’s media panorama is fragmented, and such a present of solidarity within the media isn’t seen.
All three papers have confronted strain from authorities and covert censorship.
Pavel Chikov, head of the attorneys’ affiliation Agora that represents Golunov, on Monday revealed outcomes of assessments that Golunov has taken to show his innocence. He stated the assessments indicated that it’s unlikely that he usually handles medicine as police has steered.
Yevgeny Bryun of the Russian well being ministry stated on state tv on Sunday that lab assessments of Golunov’s urine didn’t discover any traces of medicine.
The circumstances of the journalist’s arrest have alarmed the media group. In an obvious try to painting Golunov as knowledgeable drug seller, police on Friday launched a number of photographs, reportedly from Golunov’s dwelling, of what seemed to be a medication lab earlier than they retracted the assertion, saying that the photographs had been taken elsewhere.
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