Putin says Golunov prosecution is not okay
He also spoke out against mitigating Art. 228.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at the national phone-in against softening the punishment for storage and sale of drugs (Art. 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the president, the distribution of even the smallest doses of drugs represents a serious threat to the nation.
“Should we liberalize this sphere? I don’t think so. Because the threat to our nation and people is enormous,” said the head of state.
Putin noted that 26% of prisoners in Russian jails were convicted of drugs. He added, “control should be established over the authorities in charge”. According to him, such control is needed to prevent incidents when police plant drugs to improve statistics. Putin proposed to create a separate division of the Interior Ministry to deal with the issue.
The president also commented on the case of reporter Ivan Golunov, on whom policemen planted drugs in early June. He said the incident was ugly and hoped that all those responsible for the injustice would be identified.