Ivan Golunov: Russian journalist walks free after police drop criminal charges

Written by On Jun 12, 2019

Russian police say they have got dropped a criminal case against an investigative journalist among claims he was framed.

Ivan Golunov , known for his work probing corruption , was caught last week after law enforcement said they found drugs on him.

The 36-year-old , incurred over the weekend with attempting to illegally sell drugs , walked free on Tuesday afternoon .His situation sparked public outcry and three Russian newspapers published identical front-page headlines to protest his detention.

The 36-year old journalist is an investigative reporter with Meduza , a private Russian language media outlet based in Latvia that explains itself as “the real Russia today.”

By basing itself in an EU country , Meduza will get around censorship from Moscow , although some of its journalists live in Russia , including Golunov.

The journalist is well-known in Russia for investigating corruption specifically among Moscow city officials and in his work he has risked the interests of many powerful people.

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