Detained Russian journalist Ivan Golunov under house arrest
16 June 2019 | 3:15 pm
Russian authorities have charged well-known investigative reporter Ivan Golunov with attempt at "large-scale" drug dealing as his colleagues claim a frame-up. He will remain under house arrest for at least two months.
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