5 officers of Western Administrative District Internal Affairs Directorate removed from office over Golunov case
Previously, operatives, who had detained the journalist, were dismissed.
According to the response of Chief of Staff of the Moscow Internal Affairs Directorate Sergey Popov to the appeal “in the interests of Ivan Golunov,” five officers of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Western Administrative District of Moscow have been suspended from work. Their names and positions are not disclosed.
“By order of the Department of Internal Affairs in the Western Administrative District of Moscow, five officials have been removed from their official duties,” the document says.
Journalist Ivan Golunov was accused of attempting to sell drugs. He insisted that the drugs had been planted on him. After numerous rallies in support of the journalist, the charges were dropped from him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired two senior police officers of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Western Administrative District of Moscow. Operatives, who had detained the journalist, were also suspended from work for the time of inspection. In addition, Head of Drug Control Department, Andrey Shchirov, was removed from office.