Russian authorities raided the offices of PwC's Russian unit, ZAO PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit, last Friday, in search of new criminal evidence to be used against the firm, which the government suspects of tax evasion, and against bankrupted oil giant OAO Yukos, whose senior executives the government suspects of accounting fraud.

According to published reports, PwC said that the raid by about 20 investigators from the Interior Ministry and the General Prosecutor's office lasted all day. Investigators reportedly confiscated company files related to a back-tax claim against the firm, as well as to PwC's work auditing Yukos.

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