The Moscow Times has reported that anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested for drug trafficking, but his supporters say he is being framed by the very Moscow city officials he was investigating.
Golunov was detained on June 6th in Moscow and police found illegal drugs in his backpack. During his detention, he was taken to the hospital for broken ribs, a concussion, and a hematoma but was released and taken back to court soon after.
However, Golunov has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer Dmitry Dzhulai believes that the police planted the drugs on his client in order to frame him. Dzhulai has cited the police’s brutal treatment of Golunov as well as the refusal to gather physical evidence proving Golunov’s physical contact with the drugs as proof of the police framing his client.
Golunov is known for his investigation into the corruption present in Russia’s capital, and Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin is closely linked to Russian president Vladimir Putin. A Moscow court has placed Golunov under house arrest with no access to communication for two months while he awaits trial.