Vladimir Putinto: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin by his decree dismissed from bodies of internal Affairs major-General of police Yuri Sochi and Andrey Puchkov, the press service of the Kremlin.
Dismissal Devyatkina and Puchkov before the President petitioned the interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, reported the decision on June 11 in his statement about the case of journalist Ivan Golunova, which on the same day, exempted from criminal prosecution for lack of evidence. He was accused of attempted drug trafficking, but it caused a lot of criticism because of the circumstances of the detention Golunova and the ensuing police action.
Devyatkin directed management on control over drug trafficking of the main Department of the MIA of Russia in Moscow, Puchkov has held the position of chief of police for the Western administrative district of the capital.
Golunova detained on June 6 in Moscow, he was charged with attempted sale of drugs on a large scale 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 Golunova, of the correspondent the Internet-editions “Medusa”, provoked criticism from the public and colleagues of a journalist who staged a series of pickets near the building of the Moscow Central Board of the Ministry of interior; 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 President Putin and the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova.
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