Putin praises response to arrest of journalist Golunov, lashes threats to households of safety providers


The framing of Ivan Golunov on bogus medicine expenses outraged Russian civil society final summer time, drawing condemnation from all sides of the political and ideological divide.

Now, Vladimir Putin says he believes the general public outcry performed a “positive role” in righting the injustice.

Following protests and unprecedented media unity, an investigation rapidly found that the case in opposition to the journalist was fabricated. One month later, a number of cops and two excessive rating officers had been fired. They now face prison proceedings of their very own.

“[The] intervention of the people makes a difference in today’s Russia. If anything, this is good,” the president stated. “The situation is taking its natural course. Law enforcement agencies are looking into the matter. Some have been fired, some detained.”

Putin was chatting with journalist Andrei Vandenko, who interviewed him as a part of information company TASS’ collection ’20 Questions to Vladimir Putin.’ This video, the fourth within the collection, is devoted to essentially the most distinguished prison circumstances of 2019.

Putin acknowledged that investigations needs to be carried out totally and shouldn’t be rushed.

“Do you want them to beat confessions out of people or to obtain them in due course in conformity with the current law?” he requested. “The latter seems a better option. But it takes time. There shouldn’t be any rush, nor any haste.”

Golunov was arrested in Moscow on drug-related crime expenses on June 6 final yr. His colleagues rapidly expressed their perception that the case was fabricated, and fewer than every week later, after many well-known figures in society spoke out in his favor, Golunov was launched. On January 30, 2020, the court docket arrested a number of former cops on expenses of abuse of workplace, falsification of proof, and drug possession. One of the officers pleaded responsible.

Vandenko and Putin additionally mentioned different latest distinguished circumstances, reminiscent of that of Konstantin Kotov. Kotov was sentenced to 4 years in jail after breaking Russian protest legal guidelines by participating in a number of unsanctioned rallies. In January, the Constitutional Court overturned the choice. Putin had earlier instructed the related authorities to examine the legality and validity of the responsible verdict in opposition to Kotov.

“It so happens that the president, acting as the guarantor of the Constitution, has such a right, and must respond to these sorts of issues, which we see happening in practice,” he stated.

Putin was additionally requested concerning the Moscow protests of Summer 2019 and spoke out in opposition to unauthorized rallies, threats in opposition to the household of National Guard personnel, and violence seen on the streets.

“Today somebody throws a bottle, tomorrow a chair, and then cars are smashed to pieces. It cannot be allowed,” he insisted. “Things mustn’t get out of hand. It has to be within the law.”

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