Accused Russian reporter to crawl free after outcry

Accused Russian reporter to crawl free after outcry

Accused Russian reporter to crawl free after outcry

A drug test on Monday for a court hearing found that Golunov had not consumed any illegal substances.

Golunov was jailed on Thursday and put under house arrest on Saturday.

Most Russian observers believe the Kremlin had no direct stake in Golunov's arrest, which most suspected had been brought about by mid-level officials or others involved in regional rackets that he most frequently wrote about.

"I have chose to request the Russian president to dismiss the police chief for western Moscow Major-General Andrei Puchkov and the head of the Moscow police department for narcotics control Major-General Yury Devyatkin", Mr Kolokoltsev said in a statement.

He was cheered by several hundred reporters and onlookers outside a police building.

Since his arrest, protesters had picketed around the country holding signs that read "Free Ivan Golunov".

Pro-Kremlin journalists joined their independent colleagues in celebrating Golunov's release, some of them using the incident to argue that true justice is possible in Putin's Russian Federation. He was released a few hours after the announcement.

The abrupt turnaround by Russian authorities came amid mounting protests over Golunov's detention, which has been widely criticized by his supporters, including an exceptional show of solidarity by the country's journalists and even pro-Kremlin commentators.

Dmitry Peskov denied the existence of instructions to close the case of journalist Ivan Golunov before the "Direct Line" with President Vladimir Putin June 20.

Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in a statement on Tuesday that the criminal case against Mr Golunov was being dropped due to a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing on his part. His supporters said the charges were politically motivated. It occurred under conditions of a global war on journalism, which has been spearheaded by the illegal persecution of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.

"It be correct awesome data", Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny acknowledged on Twitter. But Golunov as he walked free said he would prefer supporters spend time with "loved ones and family".

The European Union (EU) also welcomed Russia's withdrawal of charges against Golunov, but called for a "thorough and transparent investigation" into an eventual "police brutality" during his detention.

His arrest - carried out with what his lawyers say were numerous legal violations - has sparked outrage over what critics see as the impunity and corruption of law enforcement agencies.

The scale and breadth of the criticisms in support of an independent journalist have been nearly unheard of in today's Russian Federation.

It is not hard to understand the reasons for the New York Times' concern with "free speech" in Russian Federation: it directly coincides with the interests of U.S. imperialism, which for years has been engaged in a massive campaign aimed at pressuring, undermining and ultimately toppling the Putin regime in Russian Federation. The journalist vowed to continue his investigative reporting for Meduza, which is based in EU-member Latvia to allow it to work more freely.

This latest incident is another alarming example of the growing threats to journalists and media outlets worldwide, as authoritarian countries like Russian Federation crackdown on independent media, and major democracies move further towards populism.

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