More than half of Russians believe Golunov case to be "common practice"
The majority believes that they could easily imagine themselves in the journalist’s situation, but they would hardly be able to prove their innocence.
66% of those surveyed said drug planting on innocent people and falsifying evidence of criminal cases in law enforcement agencies is common practice in Russia, according to Levada Center.
Only 18% of respondents are convinced that situations like that of Ivan Golunov are rather sporadic. More than half of Russians (52%) easily imagine themselves in the journalist’s situation, although they would hardly be able to prove their innocence, they say.
It is noteworthy that in March 2014, 36% of respondents believed that they could become a victim of arbitrariness in the law enforcement system.
56% of respondents heard about Golunov’s detention on suspicion of drug trafficking, 13% closely followed the developments. 85% of respondents know about protests and pickets in the journalist’s defense.
28% associate the reporter’s release with the decision of the country's leadership to quickly extinguish the protests on the eve of the Day of Russia and national phone-in with Vladimir Putin.
Levada Center Director Lev Gudkov noted that, in the opinion of the majority of Russians, security officials frame people in the internal interests of companies, for figures, and get paid for it.
“The idea of total corruptness of law enforcement agencies and all those in power seems entrenched to people,” Gudkov explained.
Ivan Golunov was detained in Moscow on June 6. The police said that he was suspected of selling drugs that the Ministry of Internal Affairs allegedly found during a search. A few days later, following the results of the examinations, the case against Golunov was closed, and he became a witness in a case without defendants.