It change into turning into very laborious to argue with Mr Golunov's supporters who acknowledged, from the very open, that he'd been space up, centered thanks to his laborious-hitting investigative experiences.
Russian authorities faced unprecedented pushback on Monday against the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges, with independent as well as pro-Kremlin figures urging his release. Golunov left the courtroom after the ruling to place him under house arrest until August 7.
The accusations against Ivan Golunov "have not been proven", according to government minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.
The interests of the journalist will be represented by lawyer Sergey Badamshin, who previously acted as a defender of Anton Nosik, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Varvara Karaulova and other defendants in high-profile criminal cases.
The case sparked outrage in Russian Federation and overseas over what critics slammed as the impunity and corruption of law enforcement agencies.
"Reports of police brutality towards Mr Golunov during his arrest and while in custody are also deeply worrying", the European Union spokesperson said.
"I will continue the work that I was doing and carry out investigations because I need to justify the trust in me that those who have supported me have shown", he said.
"It be correct awesome data", Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny acknowledged on Twitter.
Journalists gathered outside a Moscow police building where Golunov, aged 36, was due to emerge Tuesday evening included his Meduza colleague Ilya Zhegulev.
Meduza's director general Galina Timchenko said on the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Monday that Golunov told her in March about the threats after his piece came out. "Am I sleeping? Did this really happen?"
"I believe that regardless of a citizen's profession, the rights of everyone must always be protected", Mr Kolokoltsev added.
Moscow's Nikulinsky District Court placed the journalist under house arrest.
Supporters had organised a march in Moscow for Wednesday to call for his freedom, with almost 24,000 people replying as attending or interested on Facebook.
Reporters Without Borders, meanwhile, hailed the "historic mobilisation of the Russian civil society". Another journalist in Moscow, Alexey Kovalev, asked via Twitter, "Cops who framed him will be investigated".
"I am happy, I'm crying".
Despite the victory, Meduza says the work to prevent anyone else being treated in a similar way has only just begun. Anchor Irada Zeynalova of pro-Kremlin channel NTV had said that if there were no drugs on the journalist then "those who created this insane situation must be punished", the BBC reported.
"The case against Golunov is actually over", wrote Maria Zheleznova, opinion editor of Vedomosti, one of the three papers that showed front-page support for Golunov.
Journalists protested outside Moscow's police headquarters on Friday and during the weekend to demand the case be dropped.
His release comes a month after days of protests forced authorities to backtrack over plans to build a controversial new cathedral in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.