Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Russian Oppositionist Sues Investigators for "Stolen" Money

Russian opposition activist Ilya Yashin filed a lawsuit against the Investigative Committee, asking to return the money investigators have taken when searching his apartment. According to Yashin, investigators searched the apartment in his absence and seized 450,000 rubles ($15,000) that were his two-year savings. After Yashin was questioned as a witness in a mass riot case, the investigator formally authorized the return of the money. However, four months later the money still has not been returned, so the oppositionist decided to sue the investigators. "A natural question appears: Have the investigators stolen my money?" Yashin rhetorically asks in his blog. The Investigative Committee published a statement on its site saying the money is "attached to the file as material evidence" and that investigators are looking into where the money came from.


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