A Russian journalist has died after setting herself on hearth in entrance of the native department of the inside ministry within the metropolis of Nizhny Novgorod, a day after her condominium was searched by police.
Previous to her self-immolation, Irina Slavina wrote on her Fb web page: “I ask you guilty the Russian Federation for my loss of life.”
Slavina labored as editor-in-chief at Koza Press, a small native information outlet that marketed itself as having “no censorship, no orders ‘from above’”.
A day earlier than her loss of life, she wrote on Fb that law enforcement officials and investigators had searched her condominium, and that they had been in search of “brochures, leaflets and accounts” from the Open Russia opposition group, which is financed by the Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
She stated they seized notebooks, her laptop computer and different electronics, in addition to her daughter’s laptop computer and her husband’s cell phone.
The Investigative Committee of Russia stated it was opening a preliminary investigation after a girl self-immolated in Nizhny Novgorod, a metropolis of 1.three million about 250 miles (400km) east of Moscow. It didn’t identify Slavina within the assertion.
Members of Russia’s opposition stated Slavina had been beneath strain from the authorities.
“Over the previous years safety officers have subjected her to infinite persecution due to her opposition [activities],” the opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov wrote on Instagram.
“What a nightmare,” Ilya Yashin, one other Kremlin critic, wrote on Twitter. “All of those instances of police amusing themselves, these reveals of males in masks – these are usually not video games. The federal government is actually breaking individuals psychologically.”
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