Russian journalist walks free as drugs charges dropped after outcry

Russian investigative journalist Golunov attends a court hearing in Moscow

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. In a country where the acquittal rate in courts is less than 1%, instances of high profile cases being closed are essentially unheard of and, even in ordinary cases, charges are rarely dropped. When it does happen, authorities tend to avoid taking any blame.

In a statement announcing Golunov's freedom, Meduza's leader thanked what they called "an unprecedented global solidarity campaign" of journalists and others who are committed to free speech.

In an apparent attempt to portray Golunov as a professional drug dealer, police on Friday released several photos, reportedly from the journalist's home, of what appeared to be a drugs lab.

This case change into turning correct into a severe embarrassment for the Russian authorities.

"The temperature of public displeasure needs to be reduced" by the show date, Proekt said, citing people close to Putin's administration.

Police say they found drugs in Mr. Golunov's rucksack, and he faces between 10 and 20 years in jail if found guilty. Police said he would be released from house arrest later on Tuesday.

The circumstances of Golunov's detention alarmed others in the media.

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A Russian journalist has been freed after drug-dealing costs against him had been dropped following a public outcry.

Many Russian journalists have to tread carefully in their work, especially when reporting about Putin and his family. It was founded in 2014 by exiled dissident journalists in the Latvian capital, Riga, and grew to become one of the most widely read Russian-language media outlets in the world. "I must justify trust", he told journalists who welcomed him at the building of the Main Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry's Moscow Department, applauding and chanting "Vanya, Vanya".

Three top editors at the business newspaper RBC, including Badanin, were ousted in 2016 after reporting on Putin's inner circle, including an investigative piece about an oyster farm near a mansion that a whistleblower has described as "Putin's palace".

The decision to end a criminal investigation against Ivan Golunov on June 11 for purportedly selling drugs is a rare concession by Russian law enforcement, whose power has largely been unassailable under President Vladimir Putin. The newspapers all had first-hand experience of government pressure and indirect censorship. "There are many questions that the public must receive clear and intelligible answers to".

"The problem here is that this kind of success as in the case of Golunov is isolated".

Golunov's lawyer Sergei Badamshin said Golunov's fingerprints were not found on any of the items police said they seized during a search of his flat. Framing people for drug-related crimes is a common way for influential figures across Russian Federation to sideline opponents, rights activists claim.

In the case of Golunov, the defense of "free speech" by the United States media and Western politicians is facilitated by the fact that he, like many Russian journalists close to the liberal opposition, has focused his investigations on corruption cases involving figures that were close to or politically aligned with the Russian president, including former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych who was toppled in a US- and German-backed coup in Kiev in February 2014. "This is just the beginning, a lot of work lies ahead".

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