Further to the very serious attacks against journalists and human rights defenders which occurred in Ingushetia yesterday, I have reiterated my concerns to the Russian authorities in a telephone conversation this morning.
I took note that the Ministry of Interior of Ingushetia has opened an investigation in this case. This is a first step, but more has to be done.
I urge both the Russian federal authorities and those in Ingushetia to heed the recommendations made by international organisations and by the Russian Human Rights Council which request resolute action in order to shed full light on these violent attacks and quickly bring those responsible to justice.
This represents a crucial step for Russia to demonstrate its commitment to ensure a safe environment for human rights defenders and journalists