More than 400 people detained during Moscow anti-corruption march

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

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

Police on Tuesday released reporter Ivan Golunov of the popular online news outlet Meduza, which is based in Latvia to avoid Kremlin pressure, in a rare retreat in the face of a public outcry.

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.

The authorities had hoped freeing Golunov and promising punishment for those who allegedly framed him would appease his supporters' anger, but his colleagues made a decision to go ahead with a protest on Wednesday, a public holiday in Russian Federation, regardless.

A detained protester looks out of a police bus window in Moscow. "We demand that hundreds of thousands of (criminal) cases where people are sitting in prison unfairly now be reviewed".

Some of the protesters wore white T-shirts saying, "I am/We are Ivan Golunov", the same front-page headline carried by Russia's three leading daily newspapers on Monday.

The Telegraph saw more than a dozen people dragged away who did not appear to be actively protesting or obstructing police.

While welcoming Golunov's release, a spokeswoman for the European Union on foreign affairs said the trend in Russian Federation with regard to media freedom "remains worrying".

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But in a controversial move, Meduza's senior editors and several other top journalists urged Muscovites to call off the protest after Golunov's release, triggering a storm of criticism. A large crowd of Muscovites including a number of prominent Russians turned up regardless.

At least four journalists were detained including a producer for Der Spiegel, a German news magazine. "The authorities are very much scared of the fantastic and unanimous display of solidarity in the Golunov case", Navalny said on Twitter.

Amnesty International accused the Russian authorities of "contempt for solidarity and rights". The ceremony was taking place at the same time as the protest in the city. "A lot of drug cases happen like this", said 15-year-old Yegor, who wore an "I am Golunov" T-shirt.

"We should not stand down, even if Ivan is free". "We should not lull ourselves into complacency", said local lawmaker Maksim Reznik.

A monitoring community stated greater than 400 of us were detained, even supposing Russian authorities keep the amount at nearer to 200.

During his two decades in power, Putin has silenced most of his critics and sought to muzzle the media.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained and charged with repeatedly violating demonstration rules, his press secretary tweeted, an offence that could see him jailed for 30 days. It said police had started to release some of them without charge while drawing up charges against others.

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