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7 June 2016

posted 7 Jun 2016, 00:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Jun 2016, 00:21 ]
Russian Blogger Arrested After Helping US Journalists Report on Olympic Real Estate in Sochi 
Russian blogger and journalist Aleksandr Valov, editor of BlogSochi website, has been arrested while working with an HBO film crew near the southern Russian city of Sochi. The journalists were reportedly investigating claims of misuse of real estate properties constructed during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.  The blogger's lawyer reports that a court in Adler [on 4 June - ed.] charged him with “organizing a public event in a near-border zone.” Valov is to remain in jail for five days. Valov was detained on June 3 near the border between Russia and Abkhazia together with another Russian journalist, Dmitry Saltykovsky, and a six-person film crew from US channel HBO. Initially, law enforcement claimed they were operating in a near-border zone without “necessary permits.” The US citizens were released after seven hours, while the two Russian journalists were detained further and transported to the FSB headquarters in Sochi.Dmitry Saltykovsky, who worked as an interpreter for the HBO crew, was released, but fined 1,000 rubles ($15), according to the journalists’ lawyer, Alexander Popov, on Twitter. [...]
Source: Global Voices; written by Tetyana Lokot [6 June 2016]