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Russia: All charges against journalist Golunov dropped due to lack of evidence – Interior Ministry01:16

Russia: All charges against journalist Golunov dropped due to lack of evidence – Interior Ministry

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 11, 2019 at 15:06 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that all the charges against Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov have been dropped due to a lack of evidence in a press statement in Moscow on Tuesday.

Kolokoltsev went on to say that Golunov “will be released from house arrest today,” adding “the case file of the investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Internal Ministry has been sent to Russia’s Investigative Committee” to look into the “legitimacy of the actions” of the officers who detained the journalist.

Kolokoltsev also said he had decided to “make a request to the president of the Russian Federation to relieve Western Administrative District of Moscow Directorate of Internal Affairs Head General Puchkov and the Head of the Drugs Trafficking Control Department at the Head Office of the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Moscow General Deviatkin of their duties.”

“I believe that the rights of any citizen should be respected irrespective of their profession,” the minister concluded.

The Meduza journalist was arrested on 6 June on charges of drug trafficking. Police alleged that he was found carrying four grams of methamphetamine in his rucksack and he was charged with drug dealing. Golunov received an outcry of support from Russian media and celebrities who claimed the charges were trumped up in retaliation for his work.

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Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that all the charges against Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov have been dropped due to a lack of evidence in a press statement in Moscow on Tuesday.

Kolokoltsev went on to say that Golunov “will be released from house arrest today,” adding “the case file of the investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Internal Ministry has been sent to Russia’s Investigative Committee” to look into the “legitimacy of the actions” of the officers who detained the journalist.

Kolokoltsev also said he had decided to “make a request to the president of the Russian Federation to relieve Western Administrative District of Moscow Directorate of Internal Affairs Head General Puchkov and the Head of the Drugs Trafficking Control Department at the Head Office of the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Moscow General Deviatkin of their duties.”

“I believe that the rights of any citizen should be respected irrespective of their profession,” the minister concluded.

The Meduza journalist was arrested on 6 June on charges of drug trafficking. Police alleged that he was found carrying four grams of methamphetamine in his rucksack and he was charged with drug dealing. Golunov received an outcry of support from Russian media and celebrities who claimed the charges were trumped up in retaliation for his work.

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