Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that the case against journalist Ivan Golunova stopped.
According to Kolokoltseva, in the course of forensic examination found no evidence that Golunov committed associated with drug crimes. In this regard, the special correspondent of «Medusa», which threatened more than 10 years in prison for drug trafficking in a large amount, drop the charges and release from house arrest until Tuesday evening, June 11. Kolokoltsev also called for the dismissal of two senior employees of the Moscow police and announced the intention to investigate the legality of actions of all persons involved in the arrest.
«The case of Ivan Golunova discontinued. — commented news edition «Medusa» Is the result of an unprecedented international campaign of journalistic and civic solidarity. All together we have made a miracle: to stop the criminal prosecution of an innocent man. Thank you!»
Ivan Golunova was detained on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow on Thursday, June 6, when he went to a meeting with a colleague. After detention, said the journalist, in his backpack and allegedly found the bags from 3.56 grams methylephedrine. Golunov denied that the drug belonged to him, and refused to admit guilt; June 7 against him opened a criminal case.
In its official statement, the Director General of «Medusa» Galina Timchenko and the editor in chief, Ivan Kolpakov said that don’t believe in the charges against the correspondent of the prosecution, and detention, certainly, is connected with the professional activities of a journalist.
«We know that in recent months, the van has received threats. — said they — Know in relation to the upcoming text; guess from whom».
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