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Russia: 'I have never taken drugs' - investigative journalist Golunov

Russian Federation
June 09, 2019 at 17:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage released by Russian TV Channel Rossiya-24 on Sunday shows an interview with Meduza investigative journalist Golunov, who was arrested earlier this week on charges of drug trafficking. Golunov has been placed under house arrest until August 7, following the ruling of Moscow’s Nikulinsky District Court a day earlier.

Rossiya-24 journalists spoke with Golunov at a police station.

"I have never taken drugs. I have never had drugs on me. I am a journalist. I do investigative work," said Golunov to Rossiya-24 correspondent Eduard Petrov.

Journalists also spoke with investigator Igor Lopatin.

"Charges can be brought [against a person] only based on the sum of evidence; in the given case that would be the presence of narcotic drugs and witnesses’ testimonies. In this case, we have sufficient evidence, besides drugs, to bring charges [against him]. We will continue to collect other evidence so that no one has doubts that this person is guilty," said Lopatin.

According to a statement by the Moscow police, the Meduza journalist was arrested on Thursday on charges of drug trafficking. Police said that Golunov was stopped and searched while walking along the central Tsvetnoy Boulevard on Thursday afternoon and found carrying four grams of mephedrone in his rucksack. Later on, the criminal case was opened and Golunov was accused of drug trafficking.

He faces up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.

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Footage released by Russian TV Channel Rossiya-24 on Sunday shows an interview with Meduza investigative journalist Golunov, who was arrested earlier this week on charges of drug trafficking. Golunov has been placed under house arrest until August 7, following the ruling of Moscow’s Nikulinsky District Court a day earlier.

Rossiya-24 journalists spoke with Golunov at a police station.

"I have never taken drugs. I have never had drugs on me. I am a journalist. I do investigative work," said Golunov to Rossiya-24 correspondent Eduard Petrov.

Journalists also spoke with investigator Igor Lopatin.

"Charges can be brought [against a person] only based on the sum of evidence; in the given case that would be the presence of narcotic drugs and witnesses’ testimonies. In this case, we have sufficient evidence, besides drugs, to bring charges [against him]. We will continue to collect other evidence so that no one has doubts that this person is guilty," said Lopatin.

According to a statement by the Moscow police, the Meduza journalist was arrested on Thursday on charges of drug trafficking. Police said that Golunov was stopped and searched while walking along the central Tsvetnoy Boulevard on Thursday afternoon and found carrying four grams of mephedrone in his rucksack. Later on, the criminal case was opened and Golunov was accused of drug trafficking.

He faces up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.

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