Investigative officers have not found any illegal items during a raid on a Moscow apartment of a publicist Andrey Piontkovsky, Interfax reports quoting a lawyer Mark Feigin as saying.

"A search was conducted in the apartment of Piontkovsky's daughter and grandchildren, as well as in the  his own apartment, but nothing illegal or forbidden was seized. They confiscated just some documents, completely unrelated to the criminal case," Feigin said.

He also noted that the law enforcement authorities are now making a decision to serve charges on Piontkovsky in absentia.

"The case was initiated in March under the Art. 280.1 of the RF Criminal Code (calls to violate the territorial integrity) and Art. 282 (incitement to extremism). Now they are making a decision to serve charges on him in absentia," Feigin noted.

According to the lawyer, a grandson of Piontkovsky has already been questioned.

It was reported earlier that the FSB officers raided the apartment of a Russian publicist and political scientist Andrey Piontkovsky early this morning.

It is worthy of note that Piontkovsky signed a statement in September 2014 demanding "to stop the Russia's aggressive adventure: to withdraw from the territory of Ukraine Russian troops and stop its propaganda, financial and military support to separatists in the South-East of Ukraine."

In February 2016 Andrey Piontkovsky left Russia, fearing the threat of prosecution after the Russian Prosecutor General's Office detected "signs of extremism" in his article "Bomb ready to explode," published on the Echo of Moscow website.

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