Russia Raids Home Of Journalist For Investigating Prominent Oil CEO

Russia’s security services ransacked the home of investigative journalist Roman Anin and questioned him last week what his lawyer said was related to an earlier investigation Anin released into the powerful chief executive of Russian oil giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia ransacked Anin’s home on Friday, took him in for questioning, during which Anin refused to answer questions, and later released him.

Anin, editor-in-chief of the independent investigative media company iStories, wrote an investigative piece in the Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 2016, claiming that Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s executive director and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was linked to one of the world’s most luxurious yachts, St. Princess Olga. Sechin sued Novaya Gazeta for defamation and won the lawsuit in 2016.

The case reopened last month due to a data breach and Anin is listed as a witness.

Anin’s lawyer Anna Stavitskaya told the New Prospect sales outlet in an interview after Anin’s questioning on Friday that the federal security service is not leading the reopened case, but is involved in it: “Perhaps everyone sees why FSB – the case is linked to Sechin,” said you.

The European Union and investigative reporters’ associations expressed concern about the Russian questioning of Roman Anin.

“At first glance, this seems like a dark day for media freedom in Russia. We stand behind Anin’s fearless exposure of people from the criminal and political underworld, ”said Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

The EU is concerned about the recent raid and actions against Anin, Peter Stano, senior spokesman for foreign and security policy, said in a statement.

“It is the duty of the media to cover topics of public interest. The state authorities should ensure that journalists are doing their legitimate work and that they cannot hinder or intimidate them, ”said Stano.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oil Genealogie

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