Ivan Golunov transported to police station for further investigation, then returned home more than 60 hours after arrest
Update: Golunov’s attorney, Dmitry Dzhulai, has announced that Ivan Golunov has been released from the police station and is on his way home.
Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov has been taken from the courthouse where he received a two-month house arrest order directly to Moscow’s Ramenki police station, not to his apartment. The decision not to take Golunov home, where his mother previously told Meduza CEO Galina Timchenko she was waiting with dinner prepared, was made following a petition made by the journalist’s own attorneys.
Golunov’s attorney, Dmitry Dzhulai, said the investigation of Golunov will continue at the police station, and it will include a confiscation of his clothing for examination.
Ivan Golunov has been accused of drug possession with the intent to distribute. Along with Russia’s journalism community at large, he has insisted that he is innocent and that the drugs were planted. He believes the criminal case against him is tied to his investigative work. He has been in police custody for well over two days, most of which he spent without eating or sleeping.