Navalny among hundreds arrested at protest over Golunov's 'framing'

A detained protester looks out of a police bus window in Moscow

A detained protester looks out of a police bus window in Moscow

More than 400 people were detained on Wednesday during a peaceful but unsanctioned march in Moscow against the alleged impunity and corruption of law enforcement agencies.

In Moscow, local reports say Russian police have detained almost 100 people, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, at a protest condemning police corruption over the recent arrest of independent journalist Ivan Golunov.

Investigative reporter Ivan Golunov had been arrested last week on allegedly trumped-up drug charges, but in a rare U-turn by authorities he was released Tuesday following an unusually vocal backlash in Russian Federation and internationally.

Golunov, a 36-year-old journalist known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials, was detained by police last Thursday and accused of dealing drugs, an allegation he flatly denied.

According to the Russian media, the number of detained was at least twice as much as official numbers - over 400 people.

Supporters of Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov and other protesters gather to attend a march in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The group said police began releasing some of the detainees while drawing up charges against others.

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

Protesters walked west from Chistye Prudy in the northeast part of the city's downtown to the city's police headquarters on Petrovka Street.

Another protester named only by Reuters as Ivan, 28, said the freeing of Golunov did not amount to a victory. Organisers of Wednesday's event had demanded that Moscow city officials negotiate those terms with them live on air during a TV broadcast, a demand they said officials refused. "But we came here anyway".

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