Russia condemned over journalist’s arrest
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, commented on the detention.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed severe concern over the detention of Ivan Golunov, a reporter for the Meduza online outlet. He tweeted it.
“Very concerned by the arrest of Russian investigative journalist, Ivan Golunov of @meduzaproject. Journalists must be free to hold power to account without fear of retribution. We are following his case closely. #FreeGolunov #DefendMediaFreedom,” he wrote.
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland expressed concern that the journalist had been subjected to violence by police officers and was injured while being placed in the police station.
Ivan Golunov was detained on June 6 in the center of Moscow. As stated by the police, the journalist had five bundles of powdery substance with him; later, another bunch, three bags, and scales were found in his apartment. The journalist denies guilt and considers the incident a provocation.
On June 8, Golunov was charged with an Attempted Drug Sale (part 4 of Article 228.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). During the announcement of the sentence in court, the journalist stated that he had received threats because of his investigation into the funeral business. The court placed Golunov under house arrest for two months.
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.