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Photo: Moscow residents line up to picket for Ivan Golunov
5:18 pm, June 7, 2019
On the evening of June 7, protesters began to gather outside the headquarters of Moscow’s Interior Ministry branch to demand the release of Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov. Because any public demonstration involving more than one person must receive advance government approval to have legal status in Russia, the picketers have formed a long line to take turns holding up signs by the building. Police officers arrested several of the picketers but later released them without charges. Ivan Golunov was arrested on accusations of large-scale attempted drug dealing. He argues that police planted packets of narcotics in his backpack and his home.
Alexander Utkin for Meduza