Russian police were reportedly searching the homes of multiple journalists on Tuesday, with at least one detention reported.
Internet news portal Projekt reported that police had been at the home of chief editor Roman Badanin and that they had detained deputy chief editor Mikhail Rubin. Access to Projekt’s website was also disrupted sporadically.
Employees with Projekt speculated that the searches were linked to a 2017 report by the group about a St Petersburg business executive.
Media operations critical of the Russian government have complained they are coming under increasing pressure from the government. Some, like the Meduza portal, which have been critical of the government, have been categorized as “foreign agents.”
Meduza says that the designation meant that business partners cut ties and that the Latvian-based organization had to shut down some of its editorial offices and slash pay for its employees.