Journalists of Rain summoned for interrogation after package on ‘cocaine case’
The reason for this was the airing of the program Proslushka (Wiretapping), where Sagieva and Mikhailova discuss letters of Ali Abyanov and Andrey Kovalchuk, who are accused in the case.
Journalists of the TV-channel Rain Anastasia Mikhailova and Kogershyn Sagieva received summons from the MIA’s investigation department for interrogation in the case of cocaine smuggling from Argentina, the television channel reported.
As Rain notes, the reason for this was airing of program Wiretapping on June 28, where Sagiyeva and Mikhailova had discussed letters of Ali Abyanov and Andrey Kovalchuk, who are accused in the case. The first interrogation is scheduled for July 23.
In a letter from a pre-trial detention facility, Abyanov, the arrested manager of the Russian embassy in Argentina, told that he had “seen his accomplices for the first time in court,” and kept the suitcases with cocaine “with the knowledge of the security guards.” He also claimed that the first secretary of the embassy, Vorobyov, knew about the cargo.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.