Russian NGOs Subjected To Continuing Searches

Searches of nongovernmental organizations are continuing in Russia, including the offices of Amnesty International in the capital.

The head of Amnesty International in Moscow, Sergei Nikitin, confirmed an “unplanned search” of the organization’s premises was under way on March 25.

Nikitin said representatives of the prosecutor’s office and tax police arrived, demanding copies of documents.

The Russian movement For Human Rights said its office is also being searched.

The head of the movement, Aleksandr Bukvarev, said representatives of the prosecutor’s office, tax police, and the Justice Ministry showed up on March 25.

“We are not going to give them any documents,” Bukvarev said. “They checked us not long ago and all the documents are at the Justice Ministry.”

Hundreds of NGOs across Russia have been searched in the past week, including the offices of Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest rights organizations.

Based on reporting by Interfax and

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