Ivan Golunov, accused Russian reporter, to go free after outcry

Written by on June 11, 2019

All charges against Russian reporter Ivan Golunov have been dropped, after a huge public outcry.

Mr Golunov, an investigative journalist, had been accused of drug dealing – but his lawyers said the drugs were planted by authorities.

Russian newspapers rallied around him in a rare public show of support.

Russia’s interior minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Mr Golunov’s guilt “has not been proven” – and that two police officers had been suspended.

The decision came after “forensic, biological, fingerprinting and genetic tests,” he said.

“He will be released from house arrest today, the charges have been dropped,” he added.

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