The European Parliament’s Media Working Group has issued a statement in support of «Project» journalists

Members of the group “strongly condemn the actions of the Russian police, who broke into the houses of “Project” editor-in-chief Roman Badanin, his deputy Mikhail Rubin and journalist Maria Zholobova” due to the investigation about the connections of the Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev with the criminal world.

MEPs called on Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vera Yourova, Deputy Chair of the European Commission, to respond immediately to the flagrant violation of freedom of speech and information in Russia. The deputies also demand from the Russian authorities to stop persecution and intimidation of independent media and investigative journalists.