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Interfax, October 23, 2003

Yabloko deputies say they are being held in office during search

MOSCOW. Oct 23 (Interfax) - Sergei Mitrokhin, deputy head of the State Duma's Yabloko faction, said that a group of detectives who are conducting a search in the Strategic Communications Agency's office are not allowing him to leave the building.

Mitrokhin told Interfax by telephone that he entered the building to pick up some documents, but was stopped as he was trying to leave.

"They have violated Russian legislation by not letting me leave the building. I view all this as an absolute illegality," the deputy said.

Yabloko member Alexei Melnikov is accompanying Mitrokhin.

Mitrokhin's press secretary Konstantin Dorokhin told journalists earlier that Mitrokhin and Melnikov had been detained during a search at the Strategic Communications Agency's office.

The Prosecutor General's Office has denied this information.

"This is ridiculous. The Prosecutor General's Office has not detained any State Duma deputies," prosecutor's office spokesman Natalia Vishnyakova told Interfax.

Vishnyakova said the search is still in progress. "Everything is proceeding in compliance with the law. All people who are present at the office being searched should stay there until the search is over," she said.

She added that "the detectives are acting in strict compliance with the law."


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Interfax, October 23, 2003

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