No violations in searching moviemaker Kostomarov's apartment - Investigative Committee

A Dec. 7 search at the apartment of Pavel Kostomarov, one of the authors of a documentary film about the Russian opposition movement, fully complied with the Russian Criminal Procedure Code, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

"Therefore, it was strange to hear a commentary not only insulting Investigative Committee officials but also undermining the authority of all law enforcement agencies in the country," Markin told Interfax on Saturday.

Kostomarov's apartment was searched on Dec. 7 as investigators expected to find some evidence related to the May 6 disturbances during an opposition demonstration on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, he said.

"Kostomarov was aware why the search was conducted," Markin said.

The search itself had been previously sanctioned by a court and complied with all Russian laws, he said.

"In particular, the Criminal Procedure Code prohibits searches between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. As it is known, the search at Kostomarov's apartment started at seven o'clock in the morning," he said.

The investigators' behavior "was expressly correct and did not evoke any objections from Kostomarov as a witness," Markin said. "At least we have not received any complaints either from Kostomarov himself or from his representatives," he said.

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