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Russian agents raid home of investigative journalist

April 9, 2021

Russian security agents on Friday raided the home of the editor of an online investigative journal which recently published articles on the security services, his editorial team said.

Operatives of the FSB security agents searched the apartment of Roman Anine, his “Vajnie historie (Important stories)” website colleagues said.

They cited his lawyer saying that Anine was targeted in connection with enquiries into “violation of privacy by abusing his professional functions”, an offence punishable by up to four years in prison.

He was due to go with his lawyers to talk to the committee in charge of criminal enquiries, according to media reports.

Anine, 34, had previously worked for the Novaya Gazeta, the most reputable opposition newspaper in Russia.

The Novaya Gazeta editorial board said the case was linked to an investigation opened in 2016, following the publication of an by Anine suggesting that the wife of one of the most powerful men in the country, Igor Sechin, owned a yacht valued at $100 million.

The newspaper was found guilty of defamation after Sechin filed a complaint about the report.

“What is happening now to Roman Anine is a story of revenge,” the paper said in a statemhent.

Created last year, Vajnie istorie has most of its editorial staff in Latvia with correspondents in Russia.

The website recently published articles on possible linked between the FSB and organised crime, and others on torture in Russian prisons and surveillance of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

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