Federal Corrections Service finds no violations at Tolokonnikova's penitentiary
The Russian Federal Corrections Service has not found any violations at the IK-14 correctional colony in Mordovia, where Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova recently went on a hunger strike.
Members of the presidential Human Rights Council visited the IK-14 colony at the end of September and have drawn up a report on this.
"The Russian Federal Corrections Service department for the Republic of Mordovia has verified information presented in the report and found that no violations of the law have been discovered at the IK-14," says a letter by Federal Corrections Service Deputy Director Nikolai Kolesnik as sited on the Human Rights Council website.
"The prosecution department for supervision over the observance of laws in the Mordovian correctional facilities has not signaled violations of the law as concerns the conditions in which convicts serve their terms at the IK-14," Kolesnik's letter says.
Kolesnik vowed that the Human Rights Council report's conclusions and recommendations will be taken into account in the efforts to ensure human rights in the correctional system.
Members of the Human Rights Council working team, i.e. Yelena Masyuk, Yevgeny Myslovsky and Maria Kannabikh, visited the IK-14 penitentiary earlier to look into reasons behind Tolokonnikova's hunger strike.
They confirmed information on violations at the penitentiary and asked for its inspection by prosecutors. The Human Rights Council members concluded, in particular, that the women's rights at the penitentiary were violated.
Tolokonnikova is one of the three convicted participants in the so-called punk prayer staged by the Pussy Riot female punk band at the Christ the Savior Cathedral at the end of February 2012. A Moscow court sentenced Tolokonnikova to two years in prison for disorderly conduct in August 2012. Her prison term expires in early March 2014.
Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike on September 23, claiming that the penitentiary administration threatened to kill her. She notified the Federal Corrections Service of her hunger strike and complained about the threats to the Investigative Committee and the human rights commissioner. The Investigative Committee department for Mordovia ordered an inquiry into Tolokonnikova's complaints.
The Federal Corrections Service press office said at the time that Tolokonnikova's defense attorneys and husband blackmailed a deputy head of the IK-14 penitentiary with statements on threats addressed to her.