Ivan Golunov

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Investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested on Thursday

Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov has been charged with attempting to illegally promote medicine, distinguished rights lawyer Pavel Chikov says.

He says Mr Golunov turned sick at a Moscow police station, however medical doctors weren’t allowed in for a while. Russian officers have made no public feedback.

The 36-year-old reporter for the Latvia-based information web site Meduza was held by police on Thursday.

His lawyer says medicine had been planted on him, however the authorities deny this.

Meduza says he’s being “being persecuted due to his journalistic exercise”.

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Mr Golunov was formally charged on Saturday morning, Mr Chikov stated.

He added that a health care provider examined the reporter and located he had “a suspected rib fracture, concussion and haematoma”. The reporter additionally wanted to be taken to hospital.

The Russian authorities haven’t commented on this.

Mr Golunov appeared handcuffed in a video clip posted to social media on Friday night time. He stated he was concerned in “scuffles” with police, exhibiting bruises.

He has repeatedly uncovered corruption amongst Moscow’s high-profile businesspeople and its political elite, in addition to fraudulent monetary schemes within the metropolis.

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“We’ll discover out by whose will Vanya [Ivan] is being pursued, and we’ll make this info public,” Meduza’s director Galina Timchenko and editor Ivan Kolpakov stated.

“We’ll shield our journalist by all obtainable means.”

They added that Mr Golunov had obtained threats over the previous couple of months, in reference to an as-yet-unpublished story he had been engaged on.

His arrest sparked protests in Moscow and St Petersburg, and more than a dozen people – mostly fellow journalists – were reportedly detained and later launched.

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Victor Shenderovich, a Russian journalist and satirist, is detained whereas holding an indication that reads “Free Ivan Golunov”

In recent times many opposition figures and human rights activists in Russia have been detained on apparently fabricated medicine fees, that are broadly seen as an try and quash political dissent.

How was Ivan Golunov arrested?

He was on his technique to meet one other journalist on Thursday when he was stopped and searched by officers.

They declare they discovered the artificial drug mephedrone in his rucksack, and later search of his flat turned up extra medicine and a few scales – indicating that he was concerned in dealing.

Meduza stated he was overwhelmed up by officers each throughout his arrest and later on the police station.

He was solely in a position to contact a good friend after 14 hours, the assertion added.

Within the first video of Mr Golunov since his arrest, posted by the Russian information web site Breaking Mash, he lifts up his shirt to disclose what seem like carpet burns on his again.

Mr Golunov’s lawyer, Dmitry Julay, advised reporters that he had been denied meals and sleep for greater than 24 hours.

BBC Russian journalist Olga Ivshina stories that police launched images they claimed confirmed drug paraphernalia in Mr Golunov’s flat, however these had been later withdrawn.

The police, she provides, admitted that “many of the printed images had not been taken at Mr Golunov’s flat in spite of everything, however had been associated to a different felony investigation that may be linked to his detention”.

Journalists in Russia have usually been harassed or attacked in recent times for his or her work.

A lot of Russia’s media is managed by the state and Russia is ranked 83rd out of 100 countries for press freedom by Freedom House.