Russian police and investigators searched the
homes of several prominent opponents of President Vladimir Putin on Monday, one
day before a protest opposition leaders hope will draw tens of thousands of
Russia's main investigation agency said
it planned to conduct about 10 searches in connection with a criminal probe
into violence against police at a protest held in Moscow on the eve of Putin's
inauguration on May 7.
Prominent opposition leaders Alexei
Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov were among those whose Moscow apartments were being
searched, the Federal Investigative Committee said on its website.
Several Russian opposition leaders whose apartments were being searched have been summoned to meet investigators on Tuesday, the same day they planned to attend an anti-government protest, the Interfax news agency reported.