29 Mar 2019 18:18

Russian Investigative Committee doesn't launch criminal inquiry into bringing coffin with late man to Samara govt building

SAMARA. March 29 (Interfax) - The Russian Investigative Committee's investigative department for the Samara Region has declined to open a criminal case into placing a coffin near the regional government building.

"Launching a criminal inquiry is declined due to the lack of corpus delicti," the press service of the investigative department told Interfax.

On the evening, February 21, after the futile attempt to bury her former common-law husband at the municipal cemetery in Samara resident of the Samara Region Anna Plotnikova and her funeral agent brought and placed a coffin with the body of the dead man near the regional government building as a protest.

Funeral service organizations, to which the woman turned to arrange the funerals, asked for the high price, but she has found an individual entrepreneur, who agreed to perform all the services much cheaper. However, when he attempted to dig up a grave at the cemetery, he encountered the resistance of the administration and a group of unidentified men. Afterwards, Plotnikova has brought a coffin with the body of her former common-law husband to the regional government.

Plotnikova has buried the dead man at a rural cemetery outside Samara free of charge on February 22.

Governor of the Samara Region Dmitry Azarov called the incident "an outrage" and ordered that "the incident be toughly probed." The director of the Tsentralnoye cemetery was dismissed.

The police and the prosecution service are conducting an inquiry into the incident. The police have later submitted all the materials of the inquiry to the Russian Investigative Committee's investigative department for the Samara Region.