12 June: Freed Russian journalist Ivan Golunov thanks his supporters

Published on June 12, 2019 by

In a rare U-turn by the Russian authorities, the case against reporter Ivan Golunov was abruptly dropped. His supporters threatened to stage a mass protest in Moscow until the charges against him were suddenly ceased on Tuesday. The 36-year-old journalist (pictured as he left the Investigative Committee building in Moscow after the charges were dropped) is known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials. He was detained by police on Thursday last week and accused of serious drug offences which he flatly denied. But the crude way supporters said Golunov was set up and detained triggered an unusual show of media unity and an uncharacteristically swift response from authorities nervous about social unrest at a time when President Vladimir Putin already faces disquiet over living standards.

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