Moscow WAD Internal Affairs officers resign en masse

Moscow WAD Internal Affairs officers resign en masse
Andrei Puchkov, Police Major General, ex-head of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Western District of Moscow

The department is doing it in protest against the dismissal of General Andrei Puchkov.

45 employees of the Internal Affairs Directorate of Moscow Western District have filed reports of dismissal after the resignation of the department head, General Andrei Puchkov, against the background of the Ivan Golunov case.

The heads of almost all departments and quite a few ordinary employees have decided to quit. They are doing it in protest against the decisions of the leadership, says the Mash Telegram Channel.

The CrimeRussia said earlier that Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov was detained on the afternoon of June 6th. He was accused of attempted sale of drugs. The reporter assured that he had never used prohibited substances and associated the persecution with his professional activities.

The incident caused a wide public response. A series of single pickets was held outside the capital's headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On June 11, the case was closed and Golunov was released.

Later, the head of the Internal Affairs Department for the Western District of Moscow and the head of the Moscow Department for Drug Control were dismissed. Golunov said that he was afraid the high-ranking security officials would get back at him after they got sacked because of his fabricated drug case.

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