Putin dismisses 2 MIA generals involved in Ivan Golunov detention
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced the resignations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed from office Yuri Devyatkin, the Moscow head of the drug control department of the Ministry of Interior and Major General Andrei Puchkov, Head of the Department of Internal Affairs for the Western District of Moscow, according to the Kremlin website.
The fact that the high-ranking security officials would lose their posts was first reported on the day of the termination of the criminal case initiated against Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced the resignations. It was also reported that the police officers who had detained the journalist were suspended from work.
Kolokoltsev said that the case against Ivan Golunov was discontinued due to the lack of evidence of his participation in the commission of the crime.
The investigative journalist was detained on Tsvetnoy Boulevard on June 7. The Interior Ministry reported that a personal search turned up several drug packages. Golunov was charged with drugs sale.
On June 8, the court placed the journalist under house arrest.
Ivan Golunov said that drugs had been planted on him during the arrest. The journalist believes that he was prosecuted because of his investigation of the funeral services market, on which he worked before the arrest.