Maria Gaidar's residence searched in connection with stealing of Union of Right Forces money

The residence of opposition activist Maria Gaidar was searched on Monday in connection with a criminal case involving the stealing of the funding of the party Union of Right Forces, the Investigative Committee told Interfax.

The residence of opposition activist Maria Gaidar was searched on Monday in connection with a criminal case involving the stealing of the funding of the party Union of Right Forces, the Investigative Committee told Interfax.

The Investigative Committee said Gaidar is a witness in the case.

The Investigative committee recalled that the criminal case, which was opened based on Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (fraud), is being investigated by the Main Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee.

"According to the investigators, a contract for the provision of advertising services was signed by the political party Union of Right Forces and the company Allekt in April 2007. Some 100 million rubles ($2.4 billion) was paid into the account of the company Allekt by the party," the Investigative Committee said.

The company Allekt, which is led by opposition activist Alexei Navalny, transferred the money "to the accounts of firms most of which had indications of false enterprises or so-called fly-by-night companies." There were no documents confirming the fulfillment of the terms of the contract," the Investigative Committee said.

"Gaidar was a top manager in Allekt in 2007," the agency said.

Maria Gaidar reported that her residence has been searched earlier on Monday.

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