Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider, helped uncover the identity of the Salisbury poisoners after their botched attempt to kill former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March 2018. His arrest comes within days only after its media has been tagged. a “foreign agent” on July 23 by the Kremlin. His detention also comes before the Russian parliamentary elections in September.
News of Mr Dobrokhotov’s detention broke after he tweeted on Wednesday that the police were “knocking” on his apartment door.
Legal aid group Pravozashchita Otkrytki later reported that officers confiscated phones, laptops and tablets during the raid, as well as the journalist’s international passport.
Stalina Gurevich, a lawyer representing the Dutch journalist, told TASS on Wednesday that her client was suing Mr. Dobrokhotov for falsely claiming that Mr. van der Werff had ties to Russian military intelligence – the GRU.
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“I don’t have a cell phone, I can’t travel and meet my colleagues – many of our investigations are international.
“And, of course, it’s serious pressure. But it’s clear that The Insider will continue to exist. The surveys will be published even if I am arrested.
“If they hope to stop the work of the news site, they hope in vain. “