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The investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) opened a criminal case against chief of anti-drug Department of the police at CJSC Moscow Andrei Schirova in connection with the illegal detention of the journalist Ivan Golunova. It is reported by Telegram-channel Baza.
The investigation is underway under article 286 of the criminal code of Russian Federation (“Excess of powers of office”). In addition Schirova defendants in the case were colleagues of UVD po ZAO involved in the arrest of Golunova. Their names are still unknown.
Police officers summoned for questioning in the TFR, after which the investigator informed them about changing their status from witnesses to suspects. Measure the Colonel Sirovo and his colleagues elected in the form of recognizance not to leave.
July 16, the press service of the interior Ministry announced the dismissal of four employees of the internal Affairs Directorate of CJSC Moscow in connection with the detention of Golunova. According Baza, was expelled from service because of a failure to comply with the regulations in the case of the journalist. In particular, the staff made the breach, when the detainee has not provided timely counsel and did not made contact with relatives. Dismissed intend to sue the interior Ministry. Their names were not disclosed, but most likely, it’s employees, dismissed the earlier work: the senior operative of Department on control over drug trafficking UVD ZAO Denis Konovalov and three operative UVD ZAO Akbar All, Roman Feofanov Dmitry Kozhanov.
On 3 July it was reported that the head of the anti-drug Department Shirov was also suspended in connection with the official investigation after the scandal with the journalist. It was he who led the operation to arrest Golunova.
It was reported that a police officer may be indirectly linked to the mafia and involved in fraudulent transactions with precious metals. He owned were land plots in the Moscow region for a total amount of 70 million rubles.
Correspondent of “Medusa” Ivan Golunov was detained in Moscow on 6 June. He was charged with attempted sale of drugs and sent under house arrest. Gross violations during the arrest of the journalist and the obvious provocative nature of his prosecution has caused a sharp public outcry: the building of the main Department of internal Affairs across Moscow gathered a large number of activists demanding the release of Golunova. On 11 June the Minister of internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced the closure case against Golunova and his release.
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