Investigative Committee of Russia initiates criminal case following attack on reporter of Russia 24 by head of district
Sergey Zaytsev is suspected of obstruction of the lawful professional activity of journalists.
Investigative bodies of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Khakasia have initiated a criminal case into obstruction of the lawful professional activity of journalists (item 4 of article 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) against head of Khakasia’s Shirinsky district Sergey Zaytsev who had attacked a reported of Russia 24 Ivan Litomin due to “provocative questions.”
Litomin - along with his shooting team - was earlier reported to have rushed into Zaytsev’s office and started throwing questions about bad quality of accommodation built for victims of 2015 fire in the Republic. The official attempted to pull the microphone out of the reporter’s hands. After that, he pulled him to the floor.
The Investigative Committee of Russia reported information on corruption in Zaytsev’s activity (that had been reported by Russia 24 journalists) is going to be checked within the criminal case.
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.