Journalists' union asked FSB to examine corruption in ICR during the investigation of Oleg Kashin's case
Due to the recent information about corruption in ranks of the ICR senior officers, journalists asked to review the process of investigating the case of Oleg Kashin.
The union of journalists and media workers sent a request to the Head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov for examining officers of the Investigative Committee, participated in the investigation into the beating of journalist Oleg Kashin in November 2010. The statement is at the disposal of Mediazona.
As noted in the document, due to the recent information about corruption in the ranks of the ICR senior officers, there is a reason to believe that the investigators, due to selfish motives, did not indict the alleged organizer Alexander Gorbunov on the attack on the journalist and refused to question the probable organizer, Pskov region Governor, Andrei Turchak.
"The Federal Security Service opposed the change preventive measure to Gorbunov, taking into account his potential danger to society. However, immediately after his appointment, the investigator Vadim Sotskov decided to change the measure of Gorbunov's restraint to a recognizance not to leave. Thus, the position of the Investigative Committee led to the complete withdrawal Gorbunov from any liability. Moreover, the Investigative Committee ignored repeated public's requests to question the Governor of Pskov region Andrey Turchak,"- the statement said.
The co-owner of the Zaslon company Alexander Gorbunov is named in the case as a witness, despite the testimony of defendants in the case of Danil Veselov, Mikhail Kavtaskin and a witness Alexander Meshkov, who claimed that he was the organizer of the attack.
The union of journalists and media workers demand to appraise actions of the investigator Sotskov and his chiefs and examine their possible connection with the defendants in the case.
The journalist Oleg Kashin was beaten at Pyatnitskaya Street in Moscow at night November 5, 2010.
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