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The OSCE expressed its concern over searches of journalists in Arkhangelsk, Vladimir, Yoshkar-Ola and Smolensk

Denis Strelkov

Representative on Freedom of the Media of the OSCE, Harlem Désir, called on the Russian authorities to respect the work of the editorial boards of media, the journalists of which were searched as part of the investigation on the FBK case. Désir wrote about it on his official Twitter page on October 17.

That is how the OSCE representative reacted to the searches of five journalists — Yaroslav Varenik (Arkhangelsk, 29.ru), Kirill Ishutin and Ilya Kosygin (Vladimir, «Dovod»), Alexei Volkov (Smolensk, Keytown.me), freelance journalist from Yoshkar-Ola Alexei Seryogin — that took place on October 15 and 16. Security forces also tried to search the apartment of correspondent of "Idel.Realiyi" in Yoshkar-Ola Dmitry Lyubimov, but came to the address where he did not live.

Everyone, except Varenik (in 2017, he was a volunteer of the Arkhangelsk headquarters of Alexei Navalny), are not directly connected to the activities of the FBK, only professionally.


 

Mass searches on the FBK case began early in the morning on October 15 in 30 regions of Russia. The Investigative Committee believes that the activists of Navalny's regional headquarters could put criminally obtained money into the account of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (it also belongs to Navalny).

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is the largest regional organization dealing with security issues. It was founded in 1973. It includes 57 countries from Europe, North America and Central Asia. Russia is a member of the OSCE.

Earlier, Désir spoke out because of the blocking of Yaroslavl newspapers "Yarkub" and 76.ru, and also after the beginning of persecution of Pskov journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva.

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