The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed concern after approximately 300 protesters were detained in Russia on 12 June while attending rallies against corruption.
Among them was activist and correspondent Andrey Kalikh, who wrote that he was being held in a police bus with “40 other peaceful demonstrators”. Kalikh was detained in St. Petersburg, while tens of thousands of people have been attending the demonstrations throughout the country.
“We ask authorities in Russia to treat citizens, activists and journalists fairly” Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General commented on the developments.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe.