Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter of the Internet resource Meduza, the criminal case against him on suspicion of drug trafficking was dismissed, has said he will continue investigative activity. Another rally, planned for June 16, has been approved by the authorities.
A spokesperson for the German government on Tuesday told DW that it welcomes Golunov's release, saying: "The government is carefully monitoring Russian developments and the treatment of journalists, opposition politicians and civil society". Leonid Volkov, an associate of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, received an additional 15-day sentence on Monday for organizing an unauthorized rally previous year, after just having served a 20-day prison term for the same offense.
"The problem here is that this kind of success as in the case of Golunov is isolated".
Timchenko said she had spoken with Golunov about security measures but she could not get Golunov to leave the country.
Russian Federation a year ago also raised the retirement age, triggering an outcry among wide segments of the population and putting a dent into Putin's popularity ratings.
Even some staunchly pro-Kremlin television journalists gave their backing to Golunov.
His release comes a month after days of protests forced authorities to backtrack over plans to build a controversial new cathedral in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.
Late last week, police posted nine photos of what they alleged to be drugs found in his apartment, but his friends claimed that eight of them weren taken in some other place.
"The Kremlin is anxious about rising social anxiety, falling disposable incomes, and people being unhappy".
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In a statement announcing Golunov's freedom, Meduza's leader thanked what they called "an unprecedented worldwide solidarity campaign" of journalists and others who are committed to free speech.
The Kremlin sought to end the Golunov case before June 20, when Putin hosts his annual call-in show in which he takes often choreographed calls from citizens, Proekt, an online news website, wrote on June 10. But it later said a medical report showed no evidence of his intoxication.
Ivan Golunov, a 36-year-old journalist known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials, was detained by police on Thursday and accused of serious drug offences which he denies. About 130,000, or almost a third of the country's prison population, were convicted on drug-related charges.
Those who spoke out against Golunov's detention included the Committee to Protect Journalists, which noted Russia's "long history of politically motivated allegations against reporters". Framing people for drug-related crimes is a common way for influential figures across Russian Federation to sideline opponents, rights activists claim.
Russian state TV reported Sunday that authorities found Golunov intoxicated when they arrived at his home to arrest him.
Visibly emotional, Mr. Golunov thanked everyone for their support and said he would continue his work.
Golunov's release was also facilitated by camaraderie among Russian journalists.
The three leading daily newspapers - Vedomosti, Kommersant and RBK - all carried the same headline on Monday in a rare show of solidarity: "I am/We are Ivan Golunov". Grand of Russia's media is managed by the train and Russian Federation is ranked 83rd out of 100 nations for press freedom by Freedom Dwelling.
However, there was a swift national and worldwide backlash to the arrest, with rights groups suggesting the drugs may have been planted on the journalist.