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The Real Russia. Today. Answers to the biggest remaining questions in the Golunov case, outlets and projects that need you, and tracking an FSB officer to Slovakia

Friday, June 14, 2019

This day in history: 79 years ago, on June 14, 1940, the USSR issued an ultimatum to Lithuania, demanding that an unspecified number of Soviet soldiers be allowed to enter the Lithuanian territory to help form a new pro-Soviet government. The next day, Lithuania unconditionally accepted the ultimatum and lost its independence.
  • How to support the news outlets and human rights projects that support Russians when they need it most
  • Meduza answers the most important questions that remain after the case against Ivan Golunov
  • Journalists track down Slovakian property belonging to family of FSB officer with ties to Russia’s corrupt funeral industry
  • News briefs: Golunov's abuser named, the Libertarians get their permit, and TikTok decides to play ball with Roskomnadzor

Pitch in, why don't you 💰

Employees and friends of Mediazona, 2017.
Mediazona

The drug case against Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov was shut down after an unprecedented solidarity campaign led by other journalists, and attorneys from nonprofit human rights projects have been a fixture of Golunov’s legal defense. In the week after Golunov was arrested, about 150 people signed up for regular donations to Mediazona, a news outlet that specializes in reporting on Russian law enforcement agencies and court cases. Meanwhile, OVD-Info, a project that sheds light on arrest proceedings and offers resources to arrestees, received more donations than it usually does on average in an entire month. Nonetheless, more regular donations are necessary for these organizations to continue providing objective coverage of the Russian legal world and effective aid for those who find themselves facing the system alone. Meduza explains how you can (and should!) support those who supported Ivan Golunov and would support you as well if the Russian government began prosecuting you illegally.

Read the report: “How to support the news outlets and human rights projects that support Russians when they need it most”

It's not over

Meduza answers the most important questions that remain after the case against Ivan Golunov

  • Who is Ivan Golunov, anyway? Is he really all that good?
  • What were the accusations against Ivan Golunov?
  • What violations did law enforcement officers commit? What signs are there that the case was fabricated?
  • If there were so many violations, the courts could have taken care of it! Why make so much noise?
  • Why have you decided that it was the solidarity campaign that got Golunov house arrest and then got his charges dropped? This was all probably an order from above.
  • Why have you shown so much support for this particular journalist? What about all the other journalists who are persecuted in Russia and around the world?
  • Why have you defended Golunov and not other innocent people who have been charged with drug use in Russia?
  • Ivan Golunov is free. What’s next?

Read all the answers here.

Tracking the FSB to Slovakia 🔍

The family of Russian Federal Security Service Lieutenant Colonel Marat Medoev owns villas and companies in Slovakia, according to a new investigation by Novaya Gazeta and the Investigative Center of Jan Kuciak. Sources previously told the website Proekt that Medoev “could be a stakeholder in funeral business projects” about which Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov has reported.

Read Meduza's summary: “Journalists track down Slovakian property belonging to family of FSB officer with ties to Russia’s corrupt funeral industry”

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