Police broke into apartment of Novaya Gazeta’s correspondent
Journalist Elena Kostyuchenko learned that police officers were going to get into her apartment after the district police officer's called her. The special correspondent is currently on a business trip.
The apartment of Novaya Gazeta’s correspondent Elena Kostyuchenko was opened by law enforcement officers in her absence. It is reported on the newspaper’s website.
According to the staff reporter, she was called by local Department of Internal Affairs Tekstilshchiki and was warned that police officers would open her apartment, as “there was a crime committed at the entrance”. Kostyuchenko is currently on a business trip.
“The editorial office of Novaya Gazeta declares that any actions of law enforcement officers can be made in the apartment of our employee only in the presence of his lawyer”, it is said in the message published on the newspaper’s website.
It is noted that in the Kostyuchenko’s flat there are “a heap of working materials and all documents on a meeting of owners of the house”. At the same time, control room of Department of Internal Affairs Tekstilshchiki denied information on breaking in the apartment. However, the district police officer told Novaya Gazeta’s correspondent, who was in Kostyuchenko's entrance hall, that the door is going to be opened because of the gone bag of one of the inhabitants.
Kostyuchenko wrote on her Facebook: “Chief of Department of Internal Affairs arrived. A version appeared - a criminal takes refuge in the apartment. The apartment was opened, the employee entered with my lawyer and the sister. They came in, walked around, opened cardboards. The criminal was not found, the police left”.
It should be added that Elena Kostyuchenko has lately been addressing quite inconvenient and resonant subjects in her materials - renovation of housing facilities in Moscow, and also prosecution of homosexuals in Chechnya.