Interior Ministry reveals violations committed by police against journalist Golunov
MOSCOW, June 21 (RAPSI) – Internal affairs division of the Moscow police found violations committed by officers from the city’s Western administrative district department against journalist Ivan Golunov, according to the statement released on Friday on the Interior Ministry’s website.
The case will be forwarded to the Moscow prosecutor’s office for a decision to be adopted on its further transfer to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the statement reads.
Golunov was arrested in Moscow on June 6. On June 8, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow placed him under house arrest for 2 months. According to the Interior Ministry’s official statement, police seized nearly 4 grams of methylmethedrone from Golunov.
The journalist pleaded not guilty, insisted that the drugs were planted on him during the arrest and claimed that his prosecution is related to his journalistic investigations.
According to his defense, an examination showed no drugs in his biomaterial.
On June 11, charges against Golunov were dropped because of a lack of evidence that he participated in the crime, and the journalist was released.
On June 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed two generals of police on the back of the arrest of Golunov.