Investigation Suspended Into Killing of National Bolshevik

Prosecutors in the Moscow region have suspended the investigation into the mysterious beating death of opposition activist Yury Chervochkin, citing lack of evidence, opposition coalition The Other Russia said Friday.

Prosecutors suspended the investigation because "the people involved in the crime have not been identified," coalition spokesman Alexander Averin said. The lawyer representing Chervochkin's family plans to appeal the decision, he said.

Repeated calls to the Moscow Regional Prosecutor's Office, which is handling the investigation, went unanswered Friday.

A reporter from the web site of opposition leader Garry Kasparov said Chervochkin, an activist with the banned National Bolshevik Party, called him on Nov. 22 and said he was being followed in the Moscow region city of Serpukhov by police who had detained him earlier in the day.

Hours later Chervochkin was discovered unconscious after apparently having been beaten savagely. He died in hospital on Dec. 10. He was 22.

Chervochkin's fellow activists say he had been promoting an opposition rally and have accused officers from the Serpukhov police's anti-organized crime department of the assault.

Averin said he had no hope that the investigation would resume because authorities are "interested in stifling the case."

Three National Bolshevik activists, including Chervochkin's fiancee, Anna Ploskonosova, have fled to Ukraine in the past year to request political asylum over what they call fabricated criminal cases against them in Russia.