Russian police detain more than 500 at protest over journalist

Police officers detain a protester during a march in Moscow Russia

Golunov was arrested June 6 when police said they found drugs and evidence of a drug lab in his home.

Police said earlier they had detained over 200 people.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained and charged with repeatedly violating demonstration rules, his press secretary tweeted, an offence that could see him jailed for 30 days.

Russian police in riot gear moved in against the unsanctioned march of more 1,000 people amid screams of protesters shouting "you are criminals" and "stop police terror".

The authorities had hoped freeing Golunov and promising punishment for those who allegedly framed him would appease his supporters' anger, but his colleagues chose to go ahead with a protest on Wednesday, a public holiday in Russian Federation, regardless.

Recall that today in the center of Moscow march in support of Ivan Golunov took place. At least 57 people were detained amid a heavy police presence, the OVD Info monitor said.

On the same day, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova voiced her concern with Golunov's case saying that it has highlighted a number of important issues about existing detention procedures.

A member of staff from German magazine Der Spiegel was held as well as journalists from Vedomosti and Echo Moscow Radio.

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Photos of the arrests and of the crowds gathered in the centre of the town were shared on social media.

While welcoming Golunov's release, a spokeswoman for the European Union on foreign affairs said the trend in Russian Federation with regard to media freedom "remains worrying".

The interior minister admitted that Mr Golunov's guilt had "not been proven", and that an internal inquiry had been launched.

Kolokoltsev, the interior minister, said some police officers involved in the case were being temporarily removed from duty pending an investigation and that he planned to ask Putin to dismiss other more senior police personnel.

"I believe that the rights of every citizen, regardless of his profession, must be protected", he asserted. "The authorities are very much scared of the fantastic and unanimous display of solidarity in the Golunov case", Navalny said on Twitter.

His reporting incorporated protection of the loan shark industrial, the earnings of the family of Moscow's deputy mayor, the surprisingly high worth of public works in the Russian capital, and the alleged censorship of journalists.

The journalist's lawyers and press freedom activists said the drugs had been planted in order to silence the investigative journalist.

Russian Federation ranks 149th out of 180 countries worldwide on a media freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy group. However, it is clear that the Criminal Code provides for punishment for a fabricated case against a journalist.

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