Hundreds arrested at Moscow protest over Ivan Golunov's arrest

Police officers detain a protester during a march in Moscow Russia

Police officers detain a protester during a march in Moscow Russia

OVD-Info, a group which monitors arrests of opposition figures, said: "More than 400 people had been detained at the march".

The case against the reporter, Ivan Golunov, was dramatically dropped by Russia's minister of internal affairs this week, but protesters said they wanted the police officers responsible for his arrest to be prosecuted.

Hundreds of people were detained Wednesday as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a crime.

Mr Golunov was arrested last week and charged with dealing mephedrone and cocaine, accusations that many linked with his muckraking of corruption by Moscow officials.

The crude way supporters said Golunov was set up and detained triggered an unusual show of media unity and an uncharacteristically swift reversal from authorities nervous about social unrest at a time when President Vladimir Putin already faces disquiet over living standards.

Despite the journalist's release, his supporters on Wednesday chose to go ahead with the unsanctioned demonstration in Russia's capital to demand punishment for those involved in his alleged framing.

Some of the protesters wore white T-shirts saying "I am/We are Ivan Golunov", the same slogan as a front page headline carried by Russia's three leading daily newspapers on Monday. It said police had released many of them without charge later on Wednesday while drawing up charges against others.

Is No Credit Better Than Having Bad Credit?
In fact, that’s the best possible use of credit — engaging it to do something that can help you make money. No Credit The good news about having no credit history is there’s nothing negative about you out there.

Those arrested during today's protest included a number of journalists from both Russian and foreign outlets as well as bystanders who did not take part in the event.

An older woman said: "Apart from what we achieved with Ivan a lot of other people are wrongly behind bars".

"We came to show the authorities that we have consolidated, that we are united", said a protester known as Vsevolod, 24.

The authorities had warned them in advance that the demonstration would be illegal and could pose a risk to public safety.

A Reuters witness saw at least three police officers bundle Navalny into a truck.

Ivan Golunov was freed on Tuesday following an unprecedented show of media and popular solidarity. "But we came here anyway".

Recommended News

  • Mendy signing to take Real's summer spend past €330m

    Mendy signing to take Real's summer spend past €330m

    Real Madrid have signed left-back Ferland Mendy from Lyon in a deal worth up to £47.1m, which takes their summer spending close to £300m.
    Brexit: Labour launches cross-party motion to block no deal

    Brexit: Labour launches cross-party motion to block no deal

    Esther McVey has also backed a no-deal Brexit, suggesting that she is prepared to suspend Parliament to make it happen. Keir Starmer , Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary, said: "This is a disappointing, narrow defeat".
    Michigan advances to CWS with 4-2 upset of top-seeded UCLA

    Michigan advances to CWS with 4-2 upset of top-seeded UCLA

    MI won the game 4-2 and the series 2-1. "Jack Blomgren is one of the toughest guys in all of college baseball", Bakich said. There's only been one Big Ten team to make the College World Series in the 35 years in between, in in 2013.
  • Marvel's The Avengers Game: 10 Things You Need To Know

    Marvel's The Avengers Game: 10 Things You Need To Know

    Marvel's Avengers is also set to have a roadmap of DLC available for free, with no loot boxes or pay to win scenarios. The game will drop on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia (yes, that new thing we didn't know about until the other day), and PC.
    Russian Federation  to deliver S-400 missile defence system to Turkey in July

    Russian Federation to deliver S-400 missile defence system to Turkey in July

    The United States is also pressuring Turkey and other nations to isolate Iran, including blocking oil exports. Regardless of the US warnings, Turkey appeared to be moving ahead with the S-400 purchase.
    Liverpool demand £25m for Dejan Lovren

    Liverpool demand £25m for Dejan Lovren

    Milan have still to firm up their interest but should a deal go through it would prompt Liverpool to look for a replacement. No contact from AC Milan , but their prospective new sporting director Ricky Massara rates Lovren highly.
  • ‘Krypton’ Spinoff Featuring DC’s Lobo in Development at Syfy

    As we've seen in trailers for the upcoming season of Krypton , he has no problem doing grotesque things to people to get his way.
    India Will Miss Injured Shikhar Dhawan, Says Ross Taylor

    India Will Miss Injured Shikhar Dhawan, Says Ross Taylor

    However, he took a blow to his hand from a Pat Cummins delivery early into his innings and did not field during Australia's reply. However, when last time India faced New Zeland in the warm-up match , the BlackCaps compleltely outplayed the Kohli's men.

    How to Upgrade Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 Certification? ExamSnap Guide on Microsoft 70-743 Exam

    Depending on your behavior, it can be determined whether or not you are using exam dumps and if so, penalties will be imposed. As you can see the retake policy is a bit lenient, but it is still wise to make sure that you pass at the first attempt.
  • You've booked a Dominican Republic vacation. Do you go, or cancel?

    You've booked a Dominican Republic vacation. Do you go, or cancel?

    At the same hotel last July another American tourist, 45-year-old David Harrison , of Maryland, died under similar circumstances. At the same Hard Rock resort past year , another American man died under similar circumstances , the man's wife said.
    Male Student Used Gender Switching Snapchat Filter To Catch Sexual Predator

    Male Student Used Gender Switching Snapchat Filter To Catch Sexual Predator

    A college student from California used a Snapchat filter to disguise himself as a female and managed to catch a sexual predator . He posted the deceptive photo on Tinder, where 40-year-old Robert Davies , a San Mateo police officer, took the bait.
    Audi recalls e-tron to address battery leak, fire risk

    Audi recalls e-tron to address battery leak, fire risk

    It is unclear if the campaign will delay further deliveries, as the fix is not expected to become available until August. A total of 1,644 E-Trons have been shipped to the US , and the remainder will be fixed before being handed to customers.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.