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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:22 AM

Russian newspapers show rare solidarity with detained, beaten journalist

Russian newspapers show rare solidarity with detained, beaten journalist
Source: CBS News

Moscow -- In a show of rare solidarity, Russia's three major newspapers on Monday put out nearly identical front pages to support a detained journalist. Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK, among the most respected daily newspapers in the country, published a joint editorial under the headline "I am/We are Ivan Golunov," calling for a transparent probe into the case of the prominent investigative journalist.

Golunov, who works for the independent website Meduza, was beaten and kept in custody for 12 hours without a lawyer after he was stopped by police in Moscow on Thursday. He was transferred to house arrest on Saturday following a public outpouring of support, but he still faces drug dealing charges that could send him to prison for as much as 20 years.



The circumstances of the journalist's arrest have alarmed the media community. In an apparent attempt to portray Golunov as a professional drug dealer, police on Friday released several photos, reportedly from Golunov's home, of what appeared to be a drugs lab before they retracted the statement, saying that the pictures were taken elsewhere.

Golunov rose to prominence with his investigations into corruption at the Moscow City Hall, the crime-ridden funeral industry and the murky food markets.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ivan-golunov-arrested-russian-newspapers-show-solidarity-with-detained-beaten-journalist/


There have been recent threats after Golunov's reporting on corruption in Moscow's funeral business.

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