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    Searches Related to Money Laundering Case Against Anti-Corruption Foundation Underway Across Russia

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    Earlier this month, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) founded by Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was included in the foreign agents' list after Russian police searched the apartments of regional coordinators and activists linked with the organisation.

    The Investigative Committee has carried out searches at the headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in 30 regions of Russia, official representative for the Committee Svetlana Petrenko said on Tuesday.

    "Today, as part of the preliminary probe, searches in the organisation's headquarters and at the places of residence of several staffers of FBK's regional departments are underway in 30 areas. Items and documents that are relevant to the investigation are being seized”, Petrenko said.

    The IC representative added that several FBK employees had been summoned for questioning. Petrenko also noted that a court had blocked FBK bank accounts over receiving money from abroad by request of the Investigative Committee.

    Last month, Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny revealed that the police had inspected more than 200 apartments of regional coordinators and activists as well as the Anti-Corruption Foundation’s centres in 41 cities.

    The searches came as the Investigative Committee opened a criminal inquiry in August into the FBK's laundering of around 1 billion roubles ($15.3 million), obtained via criminal means.

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