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Home Of Russian Voting-Rights Group Officer Searched

Lyudmila Kuzmina

Lyudmila Kuzmina

Russian police have searched the home of the head of a regional branch of the independent Russian electoral rights group Golos (Voice).

Lyudmila Kuzmina's home in the Volga River city of Samara was searched on February 5, her lawyer Vyacheslav Tolstov said.

Tolstov told reporters the authorities said the search was linked to an investigation into suspicions of tax evasion by Golos.

Golos has irked President Vladimir Putin's government by documenting claims of violations in key votes, including a fraud-marred 2011 parliamentary election that sparked big street protests.

The NGO and its officers faced harassment at the time and blamed it on the Kremlin.

In September, a Moscow court granted an appeal to remove Golos from a list of "foreign agents," a designation forced on groups that receive foreign funding and are deemed to be involved in political activity.

Based on reporting by RIA and Interfax