Yesterday we learned that our colleague, Meduza journalist Vanya Golunov, had been detained the day before in the center of Moscow. He was accused of "attempted drug trafficking." Vanya explains that they planted two bags with an unknown substance on him, beat him at the police station, and refused to carry out the necessary examination and admit a lawyer. During these days Vanya practically did not eat and did not sleep. Today in the police he felt bad, and the doctors of the ambulance, which nevertheless arrived, reported a concussion and a suspected rib fracture.
We trust Vanya. This is terrible news that causes shock and despair. We are sure that the journalist is not guilty and has become a victim of forgery, deception and aggression on the part of his ill-wishers, representatives of the authorities. His lyrics were very inconvenient for those about whom he wrote them. And Vanya Golunov himself has always been an impeccably honest, fearless and meticulous investigative reporter.
Journalists are often treated condescendingly, with irony; they are now and then accused of being partisan and light-hearted. And in situations when it comes to a threat to their lives, they come up with “bohemian” legends about them and use false “evidence” to divert them away from the real crime that is being committed against them at that time.
Stop lying, release Vanya
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