Hundreds arrested in protest over alleged framing of Russian journalist

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Moscow on Wednesday to advocate for punishment of police officers involved in allegedly framing a recently arrested journalist. 

Police on Tuesday dropped the charges against investigative reporter Ivan Golunov, who has uncovered corruption by Moscow city authorities. He was accused of dealing drugs and arrested last week, but denied the allegation. 

Police arrested more than 400 people Wednesday in the protest, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Reuters reported, citing monitoring group OVD-Info. The group said that police released some of the protesters and were charging others.


Police had said previously they detained more than 200 people, according to Reuters. 

The wire service reported that witnesses said that more than 1,000 people marched through the city, chanting “Russia will be free,” “Russia without Putin” and “Down with the Tsar.”

Some also wore shirts that said “I am/We are Ivan Golunov,” which was also printed as the headline on the front page of Russia's top three newspapers Monday. 

According to Reuters, several prominent reporters and activists were among those protesting and detained.