Head of Economic Security Service of Federal Security Service stripped of title due to Golunov’s case

Head of Economic Security Service of Federal Security Service stripped of title due to Golunov’s case

Head of the Economic Security Service of the Federal Security Service Sergey Korolev is allegedly tied to an assistant of a head of a directorate of the Federal Security Service in Moscow and Moscow region Marat Medoev who is called an instigator of Golunov’s case.

Project of the Presidential order on promotion dedicated to Russia’s Day has been reviewed the day before its issuing, on June 11. Las name of a head of the Economic Security Service of the Federal Security Service Sergey Korolev has been taken away from it, reports Novaya gazeta. This happened due to a reporter Golunov’s case. According to Novaya gazeta, “a major part of Russian journalists, unfortunately, took part in it.” They turned out to be drawn to a clan fight inside the Federal Security Service. Novaya gazeta says in winter, Korolev was going to replace Sergey Smirnov and become a deputy head of the Federal Security Service.

Rosbalt had reported about the fact that major shift had been prepared within senior executives of the Federal Security Service. In late May, Rosbalt reported that the first deputy head of the Federal Security Service Sergey Smirnov was going to stand down. Sergey Korolev could have replaced him.

One theory is that an assistant of a head of a directorate of the Federal Security Service in Moscow and Moscow region Marat Medoev stands behind Golunov’s case. Medoev is close to Korolev. According to Novaya gazeta, Medoev was is a godson of the head of the Economic Security Service of the Federal Security Service.

Meduza’s reporter Ivan Golunov was detained on June 6. He was accused of an attempt of drug dealing. The reporter stated he had never used narcotic drugs. He tied the prosecution to his professional activity. He had worked on an investigation into ‘funeral mafia’ that is allegedly tied to high-ranking officials.

The incident became high-profile. A series of street protests took place at the building of the Chief Directorate of Moscow’s MIA. On July 11, Golunov was acquitted.

Later, head of the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Moscow’s Western district and head of Moscow’s agency for drug control were fired.

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