MOSCOW — A Russian investigative journalist was positioned below two months’ home arrest in Moscow on Saturday, accused of promoting medicine.
The reporter, Ivan Golunov, 36, was on his strategy to a gathering with a supply on Thursday when he was detained, with unlawful medicine present in his rucksack, in response to the police and his employer, the net information portal Meduza, primarily based in Latvia.
A lawyer for Mr. Golunov, who is thought for investigating corruption amongst Moscow metropolis officers, mentioned he believed officers had planted the medicine, and accused them of beating Mr. Golunov as nicely.
Mr. Golunov denied the fees on Saturday, telling folks in court docket throughout a recess that he had acquired threats in reference to an inquiry into the funeral service business.
“I didn’t commit against the law. I’m able to cooperate with the investigation. I’ve nothing to do with the medicine,” Russian information companies quoted him as saying.
Mr. Golunov is accused of large-scale drug dealing, for which investigators had requested the court docket to maintain him in custody for 2 months.
Exterior the court docket, a number of hundred supporters chanted, “Freedom! Freedom!”
The extent of any accidents to Mr. Golunov was unclear. Earlier Saturday, he was taken to a hospital. Whereas the Interfax information company cited an unidentified paramedic as saying the reporter had chest abrasions, bruised ribs and suspected head accidents, the RIA information company later reported that the hospital’s chief physician had mentioned there was no proof of significant harm.
America Embassy urged the Russian authorities to free Mr. Golunov and guarantee a clear investigation, Interfax reported.
Journalists essential of the federal government or different authorities have led a harmful existence in Russia for the reason that 1990s.