Socialite complains of 1,4 mln euros confiscated in opposition raids
MOSCOW, July 19 - RAPSI. Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak's attorneys have filed a complaint with Moscow's Basmanny District Court regarding the alleged unlawful conduct of the investigative authorities, counsel Henry Reznik told the Russian Legal Information agency on Thursday.
"We have complained about the investigators' unlawful seizure and confiscation of Ksenias money. The court has also violated the procedure for initiating case proceedings, which should be done within five days after a request is submitted. Instead it scheduled the hearing for August 8. We have lodged our appeal against this delay with the court chairman," Reznik said.
He added that a request for the money's return has also been sent to the investigators, but it still has not been addressed and no grounds for keeping hold of the money have been issued.
The apartments of opposition activists were searched on June 11. Sobchak's apartment was searched, despite the fact that she did not attend the protest on Bolotnaya Square. Investigators claimed that they were after opposition leader Ilya Yashin. As well as discovering him in her apartment, they also found a safe containing money. They issued Yashin a summons to the Investigative Committee, and took the cash, which amounted to 1,392,000 euros.