Dhe Russian President Vladimir Putin has released two police generals who were involved in the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. The head of the anti-drug administration in Moscow, Yuri Dewyatkin, and the head of the police department responsible for the west of the capital, Andrei Putschkov, have to vacate their posts, as the Kremlin announced on Thursday. Putin had signed a corresponding decree.
The case had caused international outrage. The reporter of the Internet portal "Medusa" drugs have been pushed in to prevent him from further research. The 36-year-old journalist had uncovered mafia structures in the police and intelligence services. The allegations against him were later dropped because of lack of evidence.
After Golunov's arrest, there was a wave of protests. At a rally on Wednesday in Moscow, hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, according to NGOs. Among them was the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. He said the rulers in Moscow were "terribly afraid" of "fantastic solidarity" in Golunov's case.
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