The Moscow office of Open Russia, belonging to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of Yukos, is being searched. It was reported on Thursday, April 16, by Khodorkovsky's spokeswoman Olga Pispanen. "We have a masks show here in our office. They want campaign materials – banners, flyers for the April 19 rally which: a) we are not going to participate in, b) was canceled," she wrote, the DW news agency reports.
Khodorkovsky's spokeswoman told the online edition of Gazeta.Ru that the search was conducted by the members of the so-called Main Department of the Interior Ministry for Extremism Prevention. "The reason for the search, as Open Russia's employees were explained, was the information that we prepare propaganda materials calling for extremist activity for the opposition rally on April 19," said Pispanen.