Jailed Russian Journalist Freed After Supporters Rally
Public figures including rappers and movie stars came to the defense of 36-year-old investigative reporter Ivan Golunov, who was arrested last week on narcotics charges in what critics claim was revenge for his work probing corruption. His supporters say police planted drugs on him, a tactic commonly used against reporters and other government critics. Before Golunov’s release Tuesday, activists had called for a march in Moscow tomorrow to demand his freedom. The country’s three most respected newspapers also ran identical front pages in solidarity.
What now? Critics are celebrating a rare victory for civic activism in Russia after Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said all charges would be dropped and that two high-ranking Moscow cops would be fired.