The Golunov case: DNA samples of several people found on drug batches
The results of the examination will be announced on Tuesday.
The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow reported that experts found traces of several people DNA on bags of narcotic substances allegedly seized from Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov. The final results of the examination will be revealed on Tuesday, June 11, the head office reports.
Recall the criminal case against Golunov caused a public outcry; about a third of the criminal cases are initiated under drug trafficking. The ECtHR has repeatedly found falsification of evidence in such cases, so the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office even developed recommendations on the arrest of drug suspects. The recommendations were not followed within Golunov’s case.
The interests of the journalist will be represented by lawyer Sergey Badamshin, who previously acted as a defender of Anton Nosik, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Varvara Karaulova and other defendants in high-profile criminal cases.
Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova proposed at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin the creation of a working group to monitor the facts of discrimination against Russian journalists. The Moscow Public Chamber intends to devote the next meeting to illegal criminal prosecution within drug-related cases.
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.