Russia: Court arrests five former police officers over Ivan Golunov’s case
The detention and arrest of the journalist caused public outrage, and on Tuesday Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that all charges against the journalist had been dropped
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired two high-ranking police officers involved in the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, accused of attempted drug trafficking. The charge was later dropped when the authorities admitted that law enforcement agencies had no evidence that the journalist had committed the crime he was charged with..
A week ago, 36-year-old Ivan Golunov was reportedly beaten and denied access to a lawyer for 12 hours after being detained on bogus charges.
The detention and arrest of the journalist caused public outrage, and on Tuesday Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that all charges against the journalist had been dropped and petitioned Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismiss two police generals.
On Thursday, the Kremlin announced the dismissal of the head of the Drug Control Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow, Yuri Devyatkin, and the head of the police department of the Western Administrative District of Moscow, Andrei Puchkov..
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