CNN’s Chance among journalists detained while covering Navalny imprisonment
CNN international correspondent Matthew Chance was among the journalists detained briefly Tuesday morning as they reported on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists and tweets from Chance.
Russian reporter Ivan Slobodenyuk and other CNN staff were also among those detained.
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Chance and the other journalists were reporting outside of the IK-2 penal colony located east of Moscow where Russian authorities are holding Navalny. The journalists were held for four hours and have been ordered to appear before police on April 21, Vot Tak TV editor Mariya Lekukh told the Committee to Protect Journalists.
CNN did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the incident.
Navalny is conducting a hunger strike to protest his treatment by his captors, complaining that they have failed to give him required medical treatment.
In a report posted by Chance and other CNN reporters on March 26, Navalny’s legal team said the opposition leader suffers from acute back pain made worse by “torture by sleep deprivation.”
Navalny, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent in August and nearly died. Along with several nations including the U.S., Navalny blamed the Russian government for the poisoning, though Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the allegations.
Navalny was arrested in early February — after he had recovered from the poisoning and returned to Moscow — for violating parole on a 2014 embezzlement charge. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.