Putin approves Moskalkova’s proposal on Golunov’s case

Putin approves Moskalkova’s proposal on Golunov’s case
Vladimir Putin and Tatyana Moskalkova Photo: kremlin.ru

The discussion of the high-profile case took place at a meeting closed to journalists.

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova’s objections regarding the criminal case against the Medusa journalist Ivan Golunov, for whom many journalists, prominent public figures and artists had previously stood up. The case of drug dealing was discussed behind closed doors, RIA Novosti reports.

“I expressed him (Putin – Ed.) my position and concern – that they used force against Ivan, that it requires an official investigation and clarification whether there were legal circumstances to use force. And asked to continue monitoring by the Prosecutor General’s Office over the preliminary investigation – from the point of view of its legality and validity. The president responded positively to these messages,” Moskalkova said. 

In her opinion, the journalist should have been released on recognizance not to leave. According to unofficial information, Golunov’s house arrest of was agreed with the head of the Presidential Administration, Anton Vaino.

Moskalkova offered Putin to create a working group to monitor the facts of discrimination of Russian journalists and develop mechanisms for legal response. The group could include members of the Russian Journalist Union, employees of the leading media outlets, professional non-profit organizations and lawyers. The head of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Fedotov, expressed his willingness to work in such a group, whose first case could be Golunov’s persecution. 

Ivan Golunov was detained on June 6 on suspicion of drug dealing. So far, the investigation has not provided convincing evidence of the journalist’s guilt. On June 7 and 8, one-man pickets were held in different cities in support of Golunov. A march will be held in Moscow on June 12 demanding the release of the Medusa journalist. In St. Petersburg, the Vesna movement submitted an application to hold a rally in support of the journalist on June 23.

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