It began on August 28th, in Kopeysk, when one of the journalists was taken to the police station. Why would that happen? The editorial board finds a connection between the detention and the employee’s work.
In the morning, “Kopeyskiy Rabochy” (newspaper editorial office) received unexpected guests – policemen who were looking for Alexei Samaev. The man works in the editorial office as a columnist. The question that interested the police was: does Samaev know a certain veteran miner and did this person give Samaev an interview? The observer openly stated that he knew nothing about this situation. However, this response provoked the following reaction from law enforcement agencies: the journalist was taken away and taken to the Kopeysk police department!
According to “Kopeyskiy Rabochy”, the dialogue with Samaev lasted about 1.5-2 hours. As it turns out, a third person, introducing himself as Samaev, recently interviewed a veteran miner. After such a visit, the elderly man was left without credit cards, which were later cashed out. The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs commented that a criminal case has not yet been opened, a pre-investigation check is ongoing.
The editorial staff of the Kopeyskiy Rabochy newspaper collectively suggests that such behavior towards Aleksey Samaev may be caused by his professional interests. The journalist is engaged in writing articles of a political nature, in particular, he covered the election campaign, in which “dirty” ways of achieving goals were used.
Colleagues-journalists put forward demands that this case be taken under control and wrote a corresponding appeal to the Union of Journalists of the Chelyabinsk Region.
By the way, Kopeysk today is a real center for the concentration of political scandals. The struggle reaches the peak of competition and tension. One of the candidates made a statement that his son had been attacked by a competitor and his passenger car had been damaged. Another candidate was beaten by a group of unknown persons.
Not long before that, one of the districts published the results of the primaries, which were subsequently declared inappropriate to the law. In addition, there was a change of leader in the local branch of one of the main parties.