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Russian interior minister to sack two senior police over reporter’s arrest

June 11, 2019

Russia’s interior minister said he had asked President Vladimir Putin to dismiss two senior police officers over the arrest of reporter Ivan Golunov as charges against him were dropped Tuesday.

“I have decided to request the Russian president to dismiss the police chief for western Moscow Major-General Andrei Puchkov and the head of the Moscow police department for narcotics control Major-General Yury Devyatkin,” Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in a statement.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.