Russian Officials Refuse to Investigate Alleged Threats Against Jailed Pussy Riot Member
MOSCOW -- Russia’s Investigative Committee has refused to open a criminal probe into alleged threats against Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from the deputy head of her former prison. In the meantime, she was moved to another prison following a hunger strike and demand for transfer.
On Thursday, the Investigative Committee’s local division in Mordovia, Central Russia, said that there will be no investigation as it has discovered no evidence of a crime, a spokesperson for the Investigative Committee was quoted as saying by the Russian wire service RIA Novosti.
Last month, Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for participation in the anti-Putin "punk prayer" at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in Feb. 2012, went on a hunger strike, using alleged threats to kill her from lieutenant colonel Yuri Kupriyanov as one of the reasons.
She was later moved to the prison hospital due to health complications and resumed her hunger strike on Oct. 18 saying that her demands, which included a transfer to another prison, had not been met.
By the most recent reports, she was moved from her correctional facility No. 14 in Mordovia to a prison in Alatyr in the Volga region republic of Chuvashiya.
Tolokonnikova, whose parole applications were rejected earlier this year, is supposed to be released in April 2014.