Russia Drops Charges Against Investigative Journalist Amid Criticism


MOSCOW—Russian authorities dropped drug charges against a prominent journalist and said they would release him from house arrest, in an unusual turnaround that followed criticism from journalists, celebrities and lawmakers.

Ivan Golunov, 36, a Moscow-based reporter for the Latvia-based independent news website Meduza, was detained Thursday on alleged drug offenses, in a case that rattled Russia’s media community as many news outlets fight to preserve their independence. On Saturday, a Moscow court placed Mr. Golunov under…

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