Human Rights Council members at Higher School of Economics searched in connection with Yukos inquiry

posted 10 Jun 2013, 05:16 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jun 2013, 05:25 ]
5 June 2013 

Searches by law enforcement agencies at the Higher School of Economics, in particular in the faculty headed by the head of the Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov, are connected to the independent inquiry into the second Yukos case, spokesperson for the Higher School of Economics Vadim Vorobev told Interfax.

Talking to, Vorobev spoke about criminal investigative measures that had taken place a few months earlier. In fact, as news agencies have reported, the searches took place on 18 April at the UNESCO faculty, the head of which is chair of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov.

"The investigative actions affected colleagues who are members of the Human Rights Council and who were involved in preparing the independent report on the Yukos case," a source said. Two computers were seized and were later returned. The press service of the Higher School of Economics believes that the actions by investigators would not have negative consequences, either for the university or for its employees.

Previously, as part of the investigation into the independent inquiry into the second sentence handed to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, the dean of the New Economic School, Sergei Guriev, was questioned. Guriev, currently in Paris, has said he has no immediate plans to return to Russia, as he fears prosecution.

President Vladimir Putin has said that Guriev has nothing to fear in Russia if he has not broken the law. "Are there actually any grounds for putting him in jail? I know nothing about that. I only recently learned of his name," Putin said.