Russian police on Tuesday abruptly dropped charges of drug trafficking against journalist Ivan Golunov.
The 36-year-old journalist was known for exposing corruption in Moscow’s police circles, he was detained by police on Thursday and accused of drug trafficking, which he categorically denied.
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in a statement that the case against Golunov had been dropped due to the insufficient evidence of an offense. He said house arrest would be lifted later in the day.
Kolokoltsev said some police officers involved in the case would be temporarily suspended from work, adding that he planned to ask Putin to sack other senior officials in the police. “I believe that the rights of every citizen should be protected regardless of his occupation,”