Editor-in-chief of The Insider arrested in absentia for illegally crossing the border

The case of illegal border crossing with Ukraine was initiated against the journalist in the summer of 2021, before that his passport was confiscated. In July, an administrative protocol was drawn up against him to discredit the army

Roman Dobrokhotov

The Lefortovo Court of Moscow arrested in absentia the editor-in-chief of The Insider (the Ministry of Justice entered the publication into the register of foreign media agents, and the Prosecutor General's Office recognized his activities as undesirable) Roman Dobrokhotov (also recognized as a foreign media agent) in the case of illegal border crossing, the press service of the court told RBC.

“A measure of restraint was chosen in the form of detention for a period of two months from the moment he crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and was transferred to the escort service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia or from the moment he was detained on the territory of the Russian Federation”,— reported in court.

The case 1 st. 322 of the Criminal Code was filed against Dobrokhotov last summer. The materials stated that from July 31 to August 1, he “illegally crossed the state border of the Russian Federation in the direction of the Voronezh and Lugansk regions.” According to the FSB, he crossed the border with Ukraine, bypassing the established checkpoints. Prior to this, the editor-in-chief of Insider had his passport and equipment confiscated as part of a libel case in which he is a witness.

At the end of September 2021, the house of Dobrokhotov's parents, the apartment of his wife and her sister were searched, and the journalist himself was put on the wanted list.

In July of this year, an administrative protocol was drawn up against Dobrokhotov under Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Russian Armed Forces, punishment— a fine of 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles).

In the same month, the court upheld a fine of 500 thousand rubles imposed by The Insider under part 1 of Article 19.34.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses for violating the procedure for the activities of a foreign media agent. The publication received this status in July 2021, and a year later, the Prosecutor General’s Office considered that The Insider’s activities “pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.”

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