From the Committee to Protect Journalists:

New York, January 26, 2021 – Russian authorities should allow journalists to cover protests freely and without fear, and refrain from attacking or detaining members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


On January 23, police in at least 20 cities throughout Russia detained, beat, and otherwise interfered with the work of at least 58 journalists, assaulting at least 8 and detaining at least 49, while they were covering protests in support of the opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, according to journalists who spoke to CPJ, news reports, and the Professional Union of Journalists and Media Workers, an independent trade group.


Navalny’s supporters have called for more demonstrations on January 31 against his detention, according to news reports.