Journalist Golunov granted protection
On June 16, Golunov gave testimony to the investigation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov is granted protection as a witness in a criminal case. That was announced by his lawyer Sergey Badamshin, the Pravozaschita Otkrytki Telegram channel reports.
On June 16, Golunov gave testimony to the investigation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Badamshin explained that the verification of police actions was carried out in the framework of the same criminal case in which the journalist was accused, but later acquitted. At present, the Main Investigative Department of the Moscow police is in charge.
Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov was detained on the afternoon of June 6. He was accused of attempted sale of drugs. The correspondent assured that he had never used prohibited substances. He associated the persecution with his professional activities.
The incident caused a comprehensive public response. A series of single pickets was held near the building of the capital's headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On June 11, the case was closed, Golunov was released.
Later, the Head of the Department of Internal Affairs for the Western District of Moscow and the head of the Moscow Department for Drug Control were dismissed. Golunov said that he was afraid of the revenge of high-ranking security officials, who were removed from service because of his detention in a framed-up drug case.
Presumably, it concerns the US response to Ukraine’s help in the investigation against Joseph Biden, Trump’s main rival in the 2020 presidential election, who allegedly was in collusion with Kiev during the previous campaign.