Investigative Committee explains Open Russia searches
The investigators are concerned with "foreign funding of the organization."
The searches at the places of Open Russia employees and their relatives early on October 5 were held in order to establish the sources the movement is funded from, the press service of the Investigative Committee reported. The investigators believe that Open Russia might be operating on the money that Yukos executives and shareholders were accused of embezzling back in 2003.
The report also says that the investigation of Yukos shareholders vs. Russia continues as the foreign companies Halley Enterprises Limited, Yukos Universal Limited and Veteran Petroleum Limited demanded $50 billion from the Russian Federation.
The investigators managed to obtain "the evidence that allowed to recognize as undesirable four foreign organizations" related to Open Russia financing. Nevertheless, the movement is still funded from abroad, the ministry said.
The investigative team searched the house of Open Russia editor-in-chief Veronika Kutsyllo, editorial office system administrator Artem Minich, manager of the movement’s executive directorate Nina Alexa, the daughter of Andrei Konyakhin, the editor-in-chief of the Investigations Management Center (IMC), and the parents of the movement’s chairman Alexander Solovyov. Computers, telephones and a digital camera were reportedly seized from the apartments of Solovyov and Minich.