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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Home of Ex-Minister Is Raided

Special forces officers raided the Moscow apartment of former Chechen Culture Minister Movlu Asmayev early Friday as part of on ongoing investigation into what authorities call an attempt to carry out a terrorist attack.

"During the night, the beat police officer knocked on the door of Asmaev's apartment, and when the wife of the ex-minister opened, a group of special services' officers stormed in," lawyer Murad Musayev said, Gazeta.ru reported.

Asmayev's nephew Adam Asmayev is among the suspects linked to a plot to blow up a car bomb in Moscow during the Victory Day holiday last week, Gazeta.ru said. The officers who searched the apartment said the former minister was not a suspect in the investigation.

Investigators are searching for the nephew. They detained two other suspects, Umar Batukayev, 23, and Ruslan Musayev, 25, on Tuesday night, and a city court has sanctioned their arrest.

A Lada sedan was found with a bomb containing 7 kilograms of plastic explosives on Profsoyuznaya Ulitsa on Tuesday.

The Federal Security Service said the plot was hatched by natives of the North Caucasus and connected to a series of terrorist acts in the restive region.

Musayev, who suffers from chronic hepatitis, had to be hospitalized right after the Lefortovo District Court sanctioned his arrest. He tripped going down stairs in the court building, and a guard fell over him, Kommersant reported Friday. Musayev nearly stopped breathing, and paramedics had to treat him for two hours, his lawyer Zoya Usmanova said.

Batukayev was so severely beaten upon his detention that his relatives could barely recognize him, human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov said.

Lawyers for the two appealed on Friday the court's decision to sanction the arrests, Interfax reported.