Russian Officials Refuse Probe into Alleged Death Threats Made Against Pussy Riot Member
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.24.2013
Due to a lack of evidence…
THR reports that Russia's Investigative Committee has refused to open a criminal probe into the alleged threats against Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from the deputy head of her former prison.
Tolokonnikova was recently moved to another prison after a hunger strike and demand for a transfer. The Investigative Committee's local division in Mordovia, Central Russia said that there will be no investigation as they discovered no evidence of a crime. A spokesperson for the committee was quoted by the Russian wire service RIA Novosti.
Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike last month, claiming that alleged threats to kill her were made by the lieutenant colonel Yuri Kupriyanov. She's serving a two-year sentence for her part in the "punk prayer" staged at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012. She was eventually moved to the prison hospital due to health complications and resumed her hunger strike on October 18 when her demand for a transfer to another prison was not met.
She was later reportedly moved to a prison in Alatyr in the Volga region public of Chuvashiya. Her parole applications were rejected earlier this year. Tolokonnikova is scheduled for an April 2014 release.