Russian authorities have reportedly raided offices of human rights group Amnesty International, according to the Associated Press.
"Amnesty's Russia chief Sergei Nikitin told the AP by telephone that officials from the general prosecutor's office and tax police conducted an unannounced audit of his offices Monday. Nikitin said the officials requested documents the government already has on file," reports the AP.
"They were accompanied by journalists from the state-controlled NTV station, which has been used by the Kremlin for hatchet jobs against its political foes.
"Russian officials have searched up to 2,000 NGOs in the past month, according to Pavel Chikov, a member of the presidential human rights council."