Yukos shareholders vs. Russia: police come to Open Russia staff and their families with search warrant
The searches were carried out in the places of the movement activists, their parents, and in the editorial office of Open Russia media outlet.
Early on October 5 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 movement’s chairman Alexander Solovyov. The searches began around 06:30AM. The investigators reportedly showed a warrant of 2003 Yukos shareholders vs. Russia, the case of embezzlement from the state and Apatit OJSC.
Computers, telephones and a digital camera were seized from the apartments of Solovyov and Minich.
Open Russia coordinator Maria Baronova also reported that the places of Open Elections head Timur Valeev and the movement employee Nikolai Levshits are likely to also be the subjects of searches. Valeev has not been returning the calls since the searches of the others began, she said.
Yukos shareholders vs. Russia was instituted on June 20, 2003 against the former head of the company Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other persons. The investigation assumes that Open Russia’s projects and other enterprises have been financed using the funds stolen back then.
The first searches on the case took place in mid-2015, when the investigators came to Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s press secretary Kyulle Pispanen, members of the PARNAS party Andrei Pivovarov and Natalia Gryaznova, and to the Open Russia employee Renat Davletgildeev. In February of this year, the investigative team had a search in the place of Zoya Svetova, an Open Russia journalist and human rights activist.