A prominent Russian journalist and chief editor of the independent news magazine Holod Media has been detained after authorities searched her apartment in Moscow, human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov said Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, authorities in Moscow detained the adviser to Russia’s space chief and former Kommersant and Vedomosti journalist Ivan Safronov on suspicion of state treason.
Chikov said that authorities had taken in Bekbulatova in for questioning as a witness in Safronov’s treason case
Bekbulatova was previously employed at Kommersant.
If convicted, Safronov could be imprisoned for up to 20 years.