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Russian investigative journalist put under house arrest

Russian investigative journalist put under house arrest

Three of Russia's leading newspapers have published identical front pages questioning the motives behind the arrest of investigative reporter Ivan Golunov, who was injured while in police custody.

He was placed below condominium arrest after a court docket hearing.

The Meduza website is based in European Union member state Latvia to circumvent censorship from Moscow, but some of its journalists live in Russian Federation.

The editorial management of Meduza, which is based in Latvia, has said Mr Golunov received threats in recent months in connection with a story he was working on.

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The court rejected a request by investigators to keep him in custody.

The US embassy called on the Russian authorities to free Golunov and ensure the transparency of the investigation, Interfax reported.

Police detained Golunov on Thursday after finding five packets of a powdery substance in his possession, which later tests found to be mephedrone.

"The entire staff of Meduza is 100% certain that the charges against Ivan Golunov are related to his journalism".

The court may also extend his detention by 72 hours.

The special correspondent of Medusa, Ivan Golunov, is accused of "attempted large scale drug sale". General Director Galina Timchenko and editor-in-chief Ivan Kolpakov are convinced of Golunov's innocence and link the persecution with his professional activities.

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A scientific examination at Moscow's Health heart Number 71 confirmed that he had an abrasion on his serve and bruising around one glimpse however no necessary accidents that required a quit in scientific institution, Dr Alexander Myasnikov informed Russian media. He also may have suffered concussion and fractured ribs.

In an open letter, hundreds of Russian journalists demanded Golunov's immediate release.

Mr Golunov said he had been involved in "scuffles" with police, and showed bruises.

"There are a lot of facts signaling that the drugs have been planted", the lawyer said.

The journalist has persistently uncovered corruption among Moscow's excessive-profile businesspeople and its political elite, as effectively as wrong financial schemes in the metropolis.

Journalists in Russian Federation have often been harassed or attacked in recent years for their work. Rights groups Amnesty said there was evidence that the authorities were fabricating drugs charges to shut up their critics.

Necessary of Russia's media is controlled by the state and Russian Federation is ranked 83rd out of 100 countries for press freedom by Freedom Home.

"They said "we'll bury you forever", Timchenko said.

"We can give protection to our journalist by all available in the market capacity".

Both the head of the Moscow Police Oleg Baranov and Moscow Ombudswoman Tatyana Potyayeva have said they will closely monitor Golunov's case.