Russian Intelligence Raids Apartment of Investigative Journalist

The FSB and Russian police have raided the home of Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider for allegedly crossing the border illegally and has been placed on a wanted list.

“The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation identified and documented the fact of illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation in the direction of Ukraine in August 2021 by the editor-in-chief of The Insider, Roman Dobrokhotov, through the mediation of other persons,” said the FSB. 

The Insider reported on September 30 that officers also searched the home of Dobrokhotov’s parents next to his own house.

“Searches are carried out under the article on “illegal border crossing” again confiscate all phones and computers, now they will be taken for interrogation,” said Dobrokhotov on the searches.

Dobrokhotov defended that had every right to leave the territory of Russia and that his departure along with the criminal case will not affect The Insider.

According to the police, they have already confiscated Dobrokhotov’s passport last July and that the raids were part of an investigation on the libel case against The Insider filed by Dutch journalist Max van der Werff.


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