MOSCOW, July 3, 2014 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) - Thursday, opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s attorney, Vadim Kobzev, filed an appeal against the Basmanny District Court of Moscow that issued a warrant to search Navalny’s apartment, Kobzev told RAPSI.

On the morning of June 20, Investigative Committee and Federal Security Service officers searched Navalny’s apartment and confiscated a painting presented to him by his supporters. The search warrant was issued under an investigation of a theft from the Union of Right Forces.

“The search was authorized by an investigator and only confirmed by the court three days later. We are appealing the court ruling that issued the warrant. The appeal was filed with the Moscow City Court,” the attorney said.

Alexei Navalny is an opposition politician and public leader and head of the Party of Progress. He ran in the 2013 mayoral elections in Moscow and writes one of the most popular sociopolitical blogs. The blog was put on the list of prohibited sources after allegedly encouraging people to participate in unauthorized public events.

Navalny was also implicated in several criminal cases. Currently, he is under house arrest in an embezzlement case at Yves Rocher Vostok, the company’s East Europe subsidiary that sued Alexei Navalny and his brother for fraud and money laundering.