Russian journalists spoke out against the persecution of Favorskaya

Journalists from Russian independent publications issued an open letter against the persecution of the free press. The reason for it was the arrest on Friday of SOTAvision correspondent Anastasia Favorskaya. The appeal will be sent to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

IN treatment Journalists and human rights activists call the persecution of Favorskaya and her colleagues one of the symptoms of the worsening anti-democratic regime in Russia. They emphasize that the journalistic work itself, covering topics sensitive to the authorities, is regarded by the authorities as criminal.

The authors of the message remind us that the authorities may consider not only opposition politicians, but also the lawyers defending them and the journalists covering their activities, to be criminals and extremists.

The appeal was signed by well-known Russian journalists and media managers working in the publications SOTAvision, Novaya Gazeta – Europe, Mediazona, The New Times, 7×7, Deutsche Welle, and activists of human rights organizations. The collection of signatures continues.

  • SOTAvision journalist Antonina Favorskaya (Kravtsova) was arrested in Moscow on March 29 on charges of participation in an extremist organization. This is what the investigation calls the Anti-Corruption Foundation founded by Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh said that Favorskaya never collaborated with him. She herself believes that she is being judged for ordinary journalistic work. She covered the trials of Alexei Navalny and wrote about the conditions of his detention in the colony.
  • According to the charged article, Favorskaya faces up to 6 years in prison.

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