“Some forces involved, journalists. And this all is incomprehensible:" police commander who detained Golunov claims innocence
Andrey Shchirov complained that he was under public pressure.
One of the police chiefs who had been sent off in the Golunov case, the head of the unit for the control of drug trafficking of the MIA Directorate for Western Administrative District of Moscow, Colonel Andrei Shchirov, gave a lengthy commentary to RT journalists, saying that he was innocent.
Shchirov explained that he does not fear cases against himself, since “he did not do anything wrong and did not violate the law.” In addition, a senior police officer confusedly explained that he was confident in his subordinates who were directly detaining the correspondent.
“I think no. More precisely, it's not that I do not think so, it's that they actually did not break the rules,” said Shchirov when asked whether his subordinates violated the rules.
Shchirov complained that he was under pressure from the public and journalists, although, in his opinion, “everything is simple” with the criminal case.
“Some forces are involved, journalists. And this is all incomprehensible,” said Shchirov. He also shared his feelings that “everyone who can” checks him, and “incomprehensible journalists” came to his parents' house.
Golunov was detained on June 6 in the center of Moscow on suspicion of intent to sell drugs. The police reported that during the inspection of personal belongings and during a search of the house, prohibited substances mephedrone and cocaine were found in his house. The court sent him under house arrest. Later, the examination established that Golunov had nothing to do with the items taken from him and the bags, and therefore there is no evidence of his guilt.
On the evening of June 11, Golunov was handed a resolution to terminate the criminal case. The electronic bracelet was removed from the journalist, after which he left the territory of the Main Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow.