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Journalist and member of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on development of civil society and human rights said that the protest action in support of the correspondent of “Medusa” Ivan Golunova has lost its purpose after the termination of the criminal prosecution of a journalist. His statement was published on the website of the HRC.
“Strongly welcome the decision of the General Kolokoltsev to dismiss the case against Ivan Golunova and bringing to justice those involved in this provocation against the innocent journalist. Therefore, the protest action loses its goal is tomorrow’s a wonderful day for celebration,” said Svanidze.
Earlier it was reported that action in defense of Golunova, which was planned for June 12, a colleague of the journalist, was not coordinated by the Moscow authorities.
The evening of June 11th it became known about the termination of criminal prosecution Golunova in connection with the failure to prove his guilt. The charges against the journalist filmed about 21:00 Moscow time he was released.
Golunova detained on June 6 in Moscow, he was charged with attempted sale of drugs and sent under house arrest. At the same time, on any item seized in his case, there were no fingerprints of the journalist on the swabs from the palms of the hands and nail plates, it was not revealed traces of banned substances, he held the drug test showed negative result, and the most published by the press service of the MIA of photos of “meth lab” allegedly belonging to Golunova, in fact, was not in his apartment.
The circumstances of the detention of the journalist has caused criticism from the colleagues of the journalist, who staged a series of pickets near the building of the main Department of MIA in Moscow; also in the media and social networks appeared many publications in its support, and three business Newspapers — RBC, “Kommersant” and “Vedomosti” on June 10 came with the same front page, which was dedicated to Golunova. The topic of the arrest of the journalist was discussed and the highest officials, including the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova.
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