Sun. Jun 16th, 2019

Russian police detain more than 400 at protest over journalist

4 min read
[adguru adid="ad_id"]
By Editor / June 7, 2019

MINI NEWS: Big explosion blew every window in Central Linköping

Sweden: Several apartments have been blown up in Linköping, Sweden. From the images Webstynx can confirm it looks like a...

Read More
By Editor / June 6, 2019

MINI NEWS:U.S. Proposed Second Crimea Referendum in 2014

The United States had proposed a second referendum for Crimea to join Russia shortly after Moscow annexed the peninsula in...

Read More
By Editor / June 6, 2019

MINI NEWS: Increased CFC emissions linked to China

Korean Times// CFC-11, a potent greenhouse gas and one of the main culprits in depleting the ozone layer, was set...

Read More
By Editor / June 6, 2019

MINI NEWS: Chinese leader Xi may visit Seoul this month

Chinese President Xi Jinping is rumored to be visiting Seoul this month for a summit with President Moon Jae-in. The...

Read More
By Editor / June 6, 2019

MINI NEWS: CHINA-US TRADE

US-China trade war China- briefing// Total US tariffs applied exclusively to Chinese goods: US$250 billion Total Chinese tariffs applied exclusively...

Read More
By Editor / June 6, 2019

MINI NEWS:

French prime minister calls out for global peace OMAHA BEACH, France (AP reporting) — The Latest on the 75th anniversary...

Read More

MOSCOW (Reuters) – 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.

Police abruptly dropped drug charges a day earlier against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a rare U-turn by the authorities in the face of anger from his supporters who said he was targeted over his reporting.

READ:  Samsung Electronics says no anticipated shipping date yet for Galaxy Fold

Golunov, 36, known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials, was detained by police last Thursday and accused of dealing drugs, an allegation he denied.

The crude way supporters said Golunov was set up and detained triggered an unusual show of media unity and an uncharacteristically swift reversal from authorities nervous about social unrest at a time when President Vladimir Putin already faces disquiet over living standards.

The authorities had hoped freeing Golunov and promising punishment for those who allegedly framed him would appease his supporters, but they decided to go ahead with a protest on Wednesday, a public holiday in Russia, regardless.

Reuters witnesses said well over 1,000 people marched through central Moscow, chanting “Russia will be free”, “Russia without Putin” and “Down with the Tsar” as police warned them not to break the law and blocked access to certain streets.

Some of the protesters wore white T-shirts saying “I am/We are Ivan Golunov,” the same slogan as a front page headline carried by Russia’s three leading daily newspapers on Monday.

In an unexpected twist, a young woman wearing such a T-shirt managed to get a front-row seat at a ceremony in the Kremlin at which President Vladimir Putin was handing out state awards, official footage of the event showed. The ceremony was taking place at the same time as the protest in the city.

OVD-Info, a monitoring group, said police had detained over 400 people. It said police had started to release some of them without charge while drawing up charges against others.

Police said earlier they had detained over 200 people.

Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally in support of Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who was detained by police, accused of drug offences and later freed from house arrest, in Moscow, Russia June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Many of the marchers and those forcefully detained by riot police were prominent Russian journalists and activists.

READ:  Departures at South African state firms could drag out Ramaphosa's reforms

“We came to show the authorities that we have consolidated, that we are united,” said Vsevolod, 24. “We demand that hundreds of thousands of (criminal) cases where people are sitting in prison unfairly now be reviewed.”

The authorities had warned protesters that their demonstration would be illegal and could threaten public safety.

Under Russian law, the time and place of protests involving more than one person needs to be agreed with the authorities in advance. Organizers of Wednesday’s event had demanded that Moscow city officials negotiate those terms with them live on air during a TV broadcast, a demand they said officials refused.

A Reuters witness saw at least three police officers bundle opposition politician Alexei Navalny into a truck.

Kira Yarmysh, his spokeswoman, said on Twitter that Navalny was accused of breaking Russia’s protest laws, something he has been repeatedly found guilty of, and faced up to 30 days in jail.

Slideshow (27 Images)

Navalny, who said police had accused him of organizing the march, said on Twitter he had been glad to march “among honest people”.

One protester, Ivan, 28, explained why marchers had defied the police. “The freeing of Golunov was not a victory. It was a tactical move by the authorities to prevent disorder breaking out today. But we came here anyway.”

Additional reporting by Andrey Kuzmin, Maxim Shemetov, Maria Vasilyeva and Dmitry Madorsky; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Frances Kerry

Heard from http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7ls2iU1wTbo/russian-police-detain-more-than-400-at-protest-over-journalist-idUSKCN1TD12A

Ad

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may have missed