World Donald Trump Vladimir Putin Last November, Igor Rudnikov was at home in his apartment in the tiny Russian region of Kaliningrad when he received some unexpected visitors: masked officers of Russia’s security service (FSB). They accused Rudnikov, an outspoken opposition lawmaker and newspaper editor, of trying to blackmail a senior law enforcement official and arrested him. Rudnikov’s paper, Novye Kolyosa, built its reputation on exposing government corruption. Recently, it had published a story questioning how the public official, Viktor Ledenyov, a general on the Investigative Committee, which answers only to President Vladimir Putin, had come into possession of a lakeside luxury home. But the editor denied allegations that he had demanded $50,000 from Ledenyov to stop publishing stories about him. Investigators drove Rudnikov to his office and questioned him for hours, he says, beating him so badly on the journey that he later lost consciousness. He says he suffered a broken arm, cracked ribs and a severe concussion. “Only an idiot would try and blackmail a general in the Investigative Committee,” says Mikhail Chesalin, an opposition politician in Kaliningrad. “It would be like attempting to blackmail Putin himself and hoping he would pay up. And Igor Rudnikov is certainly… Read full this story
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