Kremlin reacts to fake pictures from Ivan Golunov's case
Dmitry Peskov says that everyone can be wrong, including the media.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has commented on the arrest of Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov, which caused a wide public response. According to him, the pictures from the apartment of the correspondent submitted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs could be a mistake.
“A mistake is possible. Mistakes are common, including by journalists, when they write certain materials. There may be plenty of mistakes, in fact,” Peskov said.
The Meduza investigative journalist was detained on June 6. The police said drugs were seized from him. A criminal case of an attempt to sell narcotic substances has been initiated. The MIA press service has posted a picture from a drug lab, which was allegedly located in Golunov’s apartment, however, it was later acknowledged that the pictures were taken elsewhere.
According to Golunov, he was framed up due to his investigations into the funeral business. On June 8, the Nikulinsky Court of Moscow refused to send Golunov to a pre-trial detention center and placed him under house arrest until August 7. Over a thousand people demand to terminate Golunov’s case. Rights defenders note that it is required not only to withdraw the charges from the journalist, but also punish the police officers who planted the evidence.
The day before, it became known that the samples for drug test taken from Golunov on the day of detention turned out to be negative. As the Meduza correspondent told RBC, no prohibited substances were found either in the handwipe or in the urine.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.