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Authorities Decline Probe Into Alleged Sex Harassment By Russian Prisons Chief

A Russian investigative committee has announced that it has decided not to institute criminal proceedings into alleged sexual harassment by Russia's prison chief.

The former secretary of Aleksandr Reimer, head of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments, has accused him of sexual harassment and illegally wiretapping her telephone.

Russian media reported on March 6 that the secretary, who has not been publicly identified, had complained to Russia's investigative committee on sexual harassment.

The secretary says she was forced to resign after two years of alleged harassment by Reimer and was also evicted from her official apartment in retaliation for rejecting the prison chief's advances.

The investigative committee said that after looking into the case, it had decided not to launch criminal proceedings.

The statement did not name Reimer, the alleged victim, or the alleged offenses.

With Izvestia and AFP reports