A JOURNALIST accused of drug dealing was beaten by Russian police while in custody, it was claimed yesterday.
Ivan Golunov was subjected to ‘unmotivated physical violence’ by officers, according to Olga Dinze, a lawyer with the human rights group Agora.
A hospital examination found abrasions on his back and a bruise around one eye. He also may have suffered concussion and fractured ribs. Mr Golunov, 36, a reporter for Latvia-based news site Meduza, was on his way to meet another journalist on Thursday when he was stopped by police. They say they found the drug mephedrone in his rucksack, and that a search of his flat turned up more drugs and scales.
Meduza say Mr Golunov was framed and is being ‘being persecuted because of his journalistic activity’.
On Saturday, a court released him into house arrest. Ms Dinze has filed a complaint with Russia’s Investigative Committee. Police deny any wrongdoing.