Khinshtein: we will seek arrest of police officers in Golunov case
Earlier, the MIA terminated the criminal case against the journalist.
Policemen who searched journalist Ivan Golunov and his flat could come under investigation, said Alexander Hinshtein, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption. Previously, those who carried out operational activities were suspended from work, and Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced his intention to ask the president to dismiss the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Western District of Moscow, Andrey Puchkov, and the head of the Department for Drug Control Yury Devyatkin.
“Great news. Now the question arises of the criminal responsibility of the police officers who detained him. If the drugs do not belong to Golunov, then they belong to them. I will seek to bring them to justice,” Khinshtein wrote on Twitter.
Later, the State Duma deputy added a post about a similar, in his opinion, situation with the Golunov case. Employees of the Department for Drug Control for Moscow detained two people in the Moscow Region, took them to Moscow and issued a drug withdrawal the next day. The detainees were sentenced to one and a half years in a colony. The ICR refused to initiate proceedings against the policemen, Khinshtein writes.
It is to be recalled that journalist Ivan Golunov was detained on suspicion of drug trafficking. The case received a public outcry. As a result, the police did not find convincing evidence of Golunov’s guilt. The materials were handed over to the MIA’s Main Directorate for the exclusion of bias, which found no elements of a crime.
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