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Russian police have searched the Moscow apartment of Zoya Svetova, a rights activist and journalist with ties to Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Open Russia organization, colleagues say.

Lawyer Anna Stavitskaya wrote on Facebook on February 28 that an investigator and 10 other people were conducting a search in Svetova's home.

Stavitskaya said documents related to the search results were still being processed by authorities on February 28.

Stavitskaya said the search, which included examination of Svetova's computers, was linked to a continuing investigation into Khodorkovsky and other former officials of Yukos, the oil company he headed.

Yukos was broken up and sold at auction after Khodorkovsky was arrested on financial charges in 2003.

Khodorkovsky was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin and left Russia after serving 10 years in prison following two trials supporters said were engineered by the Kremlin to punish him for challenging Putin and to put Yukos in state hands.

Svetova writes for Open Russia, which promotes human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Russia, and for the New Times newspaper.

Taisia Osipova was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2012.

Taisia Osipova, a Russian opposition activist arrested in 2010 on drug charges she says were fabricated, has been released on parole after more than six years in prison.

The Other Russia opposition movement said on Twitter that Osipova had been granted early release and walked out of prison in the Tver region on February 28.

Osipova, 32, was arrested in November 2010 and sentenced to eight years in prison in 2012 by a court in her native city of Smolensk that convicted her of dealing drugs.

Osipova, her lawyers, and supporters contend that the case was fabricated in order to put pressure on her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, a senior member of Other Russia.

In a 2012 resolution condemning Russia's use of its judiciary for political purposes, the European Parliament named Osipova as one of several opposition activists it said were being prosecuted because of their political views.

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