Six Russian journalists were detained by authorities.This includes those who covered Mr. Navalny.

Russian authorities this month detained six journalists across the country, including one who covered the trial of a Russian opposition politician. alexei navalny Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders said Thursday that for several years,

Antonina Favorskaya was detained and accused by Russian authorities of joining an “extremist organization” for posting on the social media platforms of Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation, according to Russian human rights group OVD-Info. Navalny dies in Arctic penal colony During February.

Favorskaya covered Navalny’s court hearings for years and filmed his last video before his death in the penal colony. She is one of several Russian journalists targeted by authorities as part of the investigation. Thorough crackdown on dissent in Russia It targets opposition figures, journalists, activists and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Reporters Without Borders said two other journalists, Alexandra Astakhova and Anastasia Musatova, were also briefly detained after visiting Favorskaya at the detention center where she was being held. It added that their homes were also searched and their equipment seized.

Ekaterina Anikievich of the Russian news website SOTAvision and Konstantin Yarov of RusNews were also detained by police while covering the search of Favorskaya’s home. According to Reporters Without Borders, Yarov was beaten by police, threatened with sexual violence, and taken to hospital. Yarov has been charged with “disobedience” to police and risks being detained for 15 days, the group said.

Russian authorities detained Rusnews reporter Olga Komleva on Wednesday in Ufa, 1,300 kilometers (about 800 miles) east of Moscow. According to Reporters Without Borders, they also accused her of extremism and involvement with Mr. Navalny and his organization.

According to OVD-Info, Favorskaya was first detained on March 17 after laying flowers at Navalny’s grave. According to OVD-Info, she was charged with disobedience to the police and spent 10 days in jail, but once that period of detention was over, authorities will indict her again and she will appear in Moscow’s Basmany District Court on Friday. He is said to have ordered him to do so.

Mr. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation has been designated as an extremist organization by Russian authorities, meaning its personnel could face prison sentences if they continue to be involved in its activities.

Navalny’s press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, said Favorskaya had not published anything on the foundation’s platforms and that Russian authorities targeted her because of her work as a journalist. He suggested that it might be from.

“What darkness,” Yarmysh wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

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