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Russian journalist Golunov walks free, tearfully thanks supporters

June 11, 2019

Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov walked free from a Moscow police building on Tuesday after authorities dropped drug charges against him and he wept as he thanked supporters gathered outside.

“A huge thank you for your support,” Golunov told journalists and supporters as he walked out of the gates with tears running down his cheeks.

He vowed to continue his reporting for Meduza independent news site, saying: “I will continue the work I was doing. I will be doing investigations because I have to justify the trust of those who supported me.”

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.