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Russia: Golunov speaks out about detention, alleged mistreatment *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 17, 2019 at 12:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov spoke out about how he was detained and alleged police brutality during an exclusive interview with RT in Moscow on Sunday.

“We got close to the apartment and one of the criminal investigators with surprising ease and speed found the right key from a bunch of 20 keys and opened the door on the first try,” he said, adding that when he told officers he was not going anywhere he was struck in the face twice. “I don’t think that my phrase was that insulting,” he said about the incident.

“Police officers, criminal investigators started to drag me. I held on to a bench, onto some objects, stair rails. We fell down at some point. They were dragging me down the stairs,” Golunov continued. He also said that one of the police officers stood on his chest while another brought the car, into which he was bundled.

“The police officers didn’t allude to it except one mysterious phrase: ‘[Don’t act] as if you don’t know why you were detained,’” Golunov said, adding that he assumed that it was to do with his work as a journalist because he had “never had anything related to drugs: neither use, nor storage or, let alone drug dealing.”

The Meduza journalist was arrested on June 6 on charges of drug dealing. Police alleged that he was found carrying four grams of methamphetamine in his rucksack and he was charged.

Golunov received an outcry of support from Russian media and celebrities who claimed the charges were trumped up in retaliation for his work.

He was released on June 11, as all charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin later fired two police generals over the discredited criminal case against the journalist.

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Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov spoke out about how he was detained and alleged police brutality during an exclusive interview with RT in Moscow on Sunday.

“We got close to the apartment and one of the criminal investigators with surprising ease and speed found the right key from a bunch of 20 keys and opened the door on the first try,” he said, adding that when he told officers he was not going anywhere he was struck in the face twice. “I don’t think that my phrase was that insulting,” he said about the incident.

“Police officers, criminal investigators started to drag me. I held on to a bench, onto some objects, stair rails. We fell down at some point. They were dragging me down the stairs,” Golunov continued. He also said that one of the police officers stood on his chest while another brought the car, into which he was bundled.

“The police officers didn’t allude to it except one mysterious phrase: ‘[Don’t act] as if you don’t know why you were detained,’” Golunov said, adding that he assumed that it was to do with his work as a journalist because he had “never had anything related to drugs: neither use, nor storage or, let alone drug dealing.”

The Meduza journalist was arrested on June 6 on charges of drug dealing. Police alleged that he was found carrying four grams of methamphetamine in his rucksack and he was charged.

Golunov received an outcry of support from Russian media and celebrities who claimed the charges were trumped up in retaliation for his work.

He was released on June 11, as all charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin later fired two police generals over the discredited criminal case against the journalist.

M/S Journalist interviewing Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov in Moscow

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “It was a drug screening facility for drivers with quite a lot of CCTV cameras and strict control. That’s why I decided that I could do everything there. It would be more difficult for them to destroy evidence. By the way, none of the documents I signed were attached to legal case and it is not even mentioned that we were there.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “We got close to the apartment and one of the criminal investigators with surprising ease and speed found the right key from a bunch of 20 keys and opened the door on the first try. He later read the house search warrant. We got into the apartment, I calmed my dog and the house search started.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “I told them that I wouldn’t go anywhere and that they would have to carry me out. One of the criminal investigators got angry about that phrase and hit me on face twice. I didn’t understand what for. I don’t think that my phrase was that insulting.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “Police officers, criminal investigators started to drag me. I held on to a bench, onto some objects, stair rails. We fell down at some point. They were dragging me down the stairs. My watch fell off and it might still be there. I would like to get it back. They later pulled me outside. One of the investigators went to bring his car closer while another one stepped on my chest. We waited for the car this way. They later took me in their arms and forced me onto car’s rear seat.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “The police officers didn’t allude to it except one mysterious phrase: ‘[Don’t act] as if you don’t know why you were detained.’ I associate it with my professional activity because drugs is quite an absurd story for me. I’ve never had anything related to drugs: neither use, nor storage or, let alone drug dealing.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “We had been walking with my former colleagues from Bloomberg Alexander Sazonov and Igor Terentiev from the Soho Rooms night club where the event took place to the Moscow Central Circle’s Luzhniki station along winding lanes and alleys. And a person had been following us the whole time and even got on the same train. However, he somehow disappeared after we started to discuss his behaviour.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Interview *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ivan Golunov, Russian investigative journalist (Russian): “My brother told me that there was a plan to issue such [newspapers], that the newspapers would be printed on Monday. I didn’t believe him. I thought that the special cover would be used just for some part of the papers’ circulation. I simply don’t remember when three major newspapers were published with a consolidated viewpoint on the front page.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Interview

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