Prosecutor General's Office requests details of all arresting witnesses in Golunov’s case
The Office is checking the actions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs officers during the arrest of the journalist.
As part of the verification of the actions of MIA officers in the Western Administrative District of Moscow, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office has requested information about all arresting witnesses and purchasers who participated in operational activities to detain journalist Ivan Golunov. This is reported by a Pravozashchity Otkrytki lawyer representing the journalist, Sergey Badamshin, in his Telegram channel.
Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office asked investigators to provide the materials of Golunov’s case to start the verification. After the detention of the journalist, the police claimed he had been under cultivation since March this year. In particular, law enforcers found out that Golunov, who often travels abroad, allegedly brought drugs from Latvia and sold them in night clubs in Moscow.
To recall, Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov was detained on Tsvetnoy Boulevard on June 7. The MIA reported that several bundles of drugs were found on him during personal search. The journalist was charged with drug dealing.
On June 8, the court placed him under house arrest.
Ivan Golunov said that he was planted the drugs during detention. He believes that he has come under criminal prosecution because of his investigation of the funeral services market, which he was doing with before his arrest.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.