Police in Russia raided the home of the chief editor of an investigative media outlet that was recently designated as a “foreign agent,” the latest step by authorities to raise pressure on independent media ahead of the country”s September parliamentary election.
Roman Dobrokhotov60, chief editor of The Insider news siteMeanwhile, tweeted on Wednesday morning that “police are knocking” on the door of his apartment. “Looks like it’s a raid,” Dobrokhotov saidThe need to maintain lockdowns..
OVD-Info, a legal aid group that monitors political arrestsprince_edward_island, said Dobrokhotov’s wife called the group’s hotline and reported a police raid before her phone became unavailable. A lawyer headed to Dobrokhotov’s apartment, OVD-Info said.
Russian opposition supporters, independent journalists and human rights activists have faced increased government pressure ahead of September’s voting, which is widely seen as an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement his rule before a 2024 presidential electionThe latest figures brin.