MOSCOW, October 7. / TASS /. Experts have found traces of amphetamine in the blood of Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov. This was reported to TASS by a source familiar with the case materials.
“There is a contradiction in the examination of Golunov, which was carried out by FSB experts. The conclusions say that no prohibited substances were found in his blood, they were only found on his hair. But the descriptive part of the examination says that there are traces of amphetamine in the journalist’s blood,” said the interlocutor of the agency.
Journalist Golunov was detained in Moscow on suspicion of selling drugs on June 6, 2019; on June 8, the court placed him under house arrest. After a public campaign in support of the journalist began, he was released on June 11, all charges against him were dropped. At the same time, five police officers who took part in the arrest of Golunov, as well as the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate for ZAO Moscow, Andrei Puchkov, were dismissed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On December 19, 2019, it became known that a criminal case was opened on the fact of the police officers’ abuse of office following the arrest of the journalist. Golunov was recognized as a victim in this case.