Searches held at Moscow offices of Prokhorov's companies - source

Mikhail Prokhorov.

Mikhail Prokhorov.

Law enforcement officers seized documentation at the Renaissance Capital

Law enforcement officers are conducting searches at the offices of the companies owned by businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, an informed source told Interfax.

The searches are carried out at number 13 in Tverskoi Boulevard where officers have seized documentation at the offices of Renaissance Capital, an investment firm, Renaissance Credit, a bank, SK Soglassye, an insurance company, and Quadra, a power generating company, the source said.

Earlier Quadra spokesman Boris Zverev confirmed that law enforcement officers were conducting searches as part of a preliminary inquiry.

The inquiry focuses on tax issues relating to the previous operating period of the company, which had recently changed its management, he said.

Another source told Interfax that the searches are part of a preliminary inquiry, which could lead to a criminal case. The source did not specify which crime that might be.

Meanwhile, the Interfax correspondent said Onexim Group's headquarters have been closed to visitors. The only way to enter number 13/1 on Tverskoi Boulevard is by showing a staff ID card of one of the companies housed in the building. Inside the lobby, and at the company headquarters' turnstiles, are men in plainclothes who are asking all visitors without a staff ID to go outside.

Reporters are gathering outside the headquarters.

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