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LIVE: Unauthorised Golunov rally to be held in Moscow, journalist says he will not attend

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Ruptly is LIVE as an unauthorised rally to support Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov is expected to take place in central Moscow. Godunov was released from house arrest on Tuesday, June 11 after drug trafficking charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Golunov himself said he does not know much about the rally apart from the fact that it has not been sanctioned. He added that he thinks “it’s better to spend time with family and friends.”

Meduza’s Editor-in-Chief Ivan Kolpakov said on Wednesday that his outlet “are not activists and do not want to participate in resistance. That’s why we are not calling anyone to join the rally.”

According to Moscow’s authorities, the unauthorised march poses a ‘security threat’ to the public since the capital is holding events dedicated to Russia Day, celebrated on June 12. The authorised rally is set take place on June 16 instead.

Activists and journalists who initially organised and urged people to join the rally on June 12 subsequently announced that they are no longer “initiators of the march and do not see it possible to call people to join it.”

An investigative reporter for the independent ‘Meduza’ news website, Golunov was arrested during a search in Moscow’s city centre on June 6 for allegedly carrying mephedrone. His arrest prompted a strong reaction from the journalistic community, celebrities and officials.

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