Other 3 policemen fired following Golunov’s case
The law enforcers are intent on legally challenging their dismissal in court.
3 employees of the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Moscow’s Western district have been fired due to a high-profile case related to a reporter of Meduza Ivan Golunov, reports Baza Telegram channel, noting that the law enforcers are intent on legally challenging their dismissal in court.
“The three who have recently been fired want to be at law with Moscow’s MIA. The guys believe they did nothing wrong to be severely punished,” the channel reports, not providing sources.
The policemen are reported to have been dismissed on adverse grounds and due to non-observance of the regulations. In particular, they did not provide Golunov with possibility to contact his lawyer or relatives on time. With that, it is not reported whether the three took part in detention and worked on the case in the police division.
Golunov was detained on June 6 on suspicion of possession and distribution of drugs. He says the prohibited substance had been planted. On June 11, the arrested was acquitted against the background of a massive public outcry. Head of the directorate for narcotics control of Russia’s MIA in Moscow Yury Devyatkin and head of the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Moscow’s Western Administrative District Andrey Puchkov were fired from police.
Later, it became known that employees who took part in detention of Golunov - including Andrey Shchirov who supervised the operation - were put on suspension.