Russian investigative journalist detained in Moscow, charged with drug trafficking

Moscow police detained an anti-corruption journalist for alleged drug offenses. The reporters lawyer and employer maintain he was set up.

Five packages containing the illegal substance mephedrone were found in the journalists backpack as police stopped Ivan Golunov in central Moscow on Thursday. More drugs and scales were discovered during a further search at his apartment, police said in a statement providing photo evidence of the seizure.

Meanwhile, the journalists lawyer suggested police have planted drugs on his client in an attempt to frame him, according to local media. He claimed officials refused to take samples of the mans fingernails to find out whether he had touched the drugs. Signs of beatings were seen on the journalists head, the lawyer said.

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Golunov who has been working for several high-profile Russian media outlets is mostly known for his investigative reporting on corruption. His current employer, the news website Meduza issued a statement claiming that theirRead More – Source




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