The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has made the following statement with regard to the situation of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov in Russia:
“I am very much concerned and saddened by reports coming from Moscow alleging that investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was subjected to violence and injured by police forces while in custody in a Moscow police station.
Violence by police during investigation procedures is absolutely prohibited by Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to which the Russian Federation is party.
Moreover, the fact that Mr Golunov claims that evidence against him was manipulated raises even greater suspicion over the current situation.
Taking into account the particular gravity of the alleged facts, I call on the Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation, Mr Kolokoltsev, to personally address this situation.
I also hope that Human Rights Commissioner Moskalkova will look into these allegations.
Freedom of expression and the right to security are fundamental in a democratic society and law enforcement bodies must also defend these values.”