Russian Activist Gaidar's Home Searched, Computers Seized

October 27, 2014

Moscow police have searched the home of Russian opposition activist Maria Gaidar.

Gaidar wrote on her Twitter and Facebook accounts that police had confiscated her phones and computers during the search on October 27.

Russia's Investigative Committee confirmed earlier that Gaidar's residence in Moscow was being searched.

It said the search was conducted in connection with an investigation into the suspected embezzlement of funds of the opposition Union of Right Forces party in 2007.  

According to the committee officials, Gaidar is a witness in the probe, which also involves the Allekt company led by outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny.

Gaidar, who was a top manager at Allekt in 2007, is the daughter of the late Yegor Gaidar, a reformist prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

She is a vocal critic of Yeltsin's successor, President Vladimir Putin.

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS