Political activist's apartments in Moscow searched under embezzlement case
MOSCOW, October 27 (RAPSI) – The apartment of political activist Maria Gaidar was searched under an embezzlement case at the political party Union of Right Forces, the Investigative Committee announced on Monday.
Maria Gaidar, daughter of famously contoversial economist and Prime Minister, Yegor Gaidar, wrote about the search on Facebook.
“Maria Gaidar’s apartment was searched today, under an embezzlement case, by the Investigative Committee. The reason is that Maria Gaidar was one of the leading executives at the company Allekt in 2007. She is a witness in this case,” the Investigative Committee said.
In April 2007, the Union of Right Forces and Alexei Navalny’s Allekt signed an advertisement contract, under which the opposition party transferred about 100 million rubles ($2.4 million at the current exchange rate).
According to the Investigative Committee, these funds were transferred to companies most of which appeared to be front companies. There are no documents proving that Allekt implemented the contract.
At the time, the Union of Right Forces was led by Nikita Belykh, currently the governor of the Kirov Region. Navalny used to be an advisor to Belykh, while Maria Gaidar was appointed deputy governor at his administration.
Navalny is currently involved in several criminal cases, including embezzlement at cosmetics company Yves Rocher Vostok and a libel case against Moscow municipal lawmaker Alexei Lisovenko. He has been placed on house arrest.