No force was used against Tolokonnikova - penitentiary service

The Federal Penitentiary Service has denied claims that drinking water was forcibly taken away from the jailed Pussy Riot punk group singer, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

The Federal Penitentiary Service has denied claims that drinking water was forcibly taken away from the jailed Pussy Riot punk group singer, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

"The water available in the prison cell was only replaced with warm water at doctors' recommendation. But no force was used against Tolokonnikova," a Penitentiary Service spokesman told Interfax.

He said an investigator met with Tolokonnikova after the alleged incident.

Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike after claiming that her drinking water was taken away from her by force.

Tolokonnikova's husband, Pyotr Verzilov, said citing her letter, that a security officer entered Tolokonnikova's cell on September 26 and told her that her drinking water would be taken away. He did not produce an order for the seizure of the drinking water.

Tolokonnikova also wrote in her letter that the security officer returned to the cell at 7:25 p.m., accompanied by an inspector and an inmate. "After the officer entered my cell he seized me by the hands and clutched me with force. And the inmate took all of my drinking water away," she wrote.

She said there are video cameras everywhere in the prison and that the incident was video-taped.

Tolokonnikova wrote a letter to the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service and to the head of Mordovia's Investigative Committee, requesting that the incident be investigated and the drinking water returned.

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