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Police who arrested Ivan Golunov indicted on falsification and drug possession, not just exceeding authority

Source: Interfax

The five former police officers arrested in the investigation of Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov’s unlawful detention have been indicted. In addition to the charges of exceeding authority that had already been announced against them, the former officers were charged with falsifying evidence and with drug possession, according to Interfax.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has requested that the Basmanny Court detain all five defendants as they await trial. Investigators argue that the former officers illegally obtained and stored narcotic substances before planting them in Golunov’s possessions.