Police raided the offices of the Nizhny Novgorod Foundation for the Promotion of Tolerance on 20 March 2008. According to Oksana Chelysheva, director of the Foundation, the police confiscated all computers at the offices, which were then sealed.
Moreover, police searched the homes of several opposition activists in Nizhny Novgorod and neighbouring Arzamas, including those of Ilya Shamazov, Yuri Staroverov, Yevgeni Lygin, Yelena Yevdokimova, Dmitry Isusov, and Maksim Baganov.
The Foundation has collected extensive material on war crimes and human rights violations during the war in Chechnya. Two of the opposition activists whose homes were searched, Ilya Shamazov and Yuri Staroverov, were actively involved in the investigation.