Security forces searched Shcherbachev’s safe, hoping to find "funds for planning and committing a terrorist attack." Instead, they found military badges, medals, a decorative naval dagger and a combat knife which Shcherbachev had inherited from his father, a naval officer and veteran of the Second World War who died in 1964. When the supporting documents for the badges and medals were found, these items were given back. However, the dagger and knife, for which there were no such documents, were taken away.
The search warrant was issued by Mikhail Averin, the chairman of the regional court. He said the security forces’ actions were a "preventive anti-terrorist operation" in light of the upcoming Olympics. Shcherbachev believes that this should never have taken place, as the FSB had presented the court with a fake letter.
Two years later, the praesidium of the same court declared the search to have been illegal, and the head of the local FSB was ordered to "remedy and identified legal violations."
- “Two years later, after the ruling had been overturned, I demanded a case be opened for forgery (of the letter that led to the search). If this letter was fake, someone sent it. Someone forged my signature, and we need to conduct an investigation to find out who. But, naturally, nothing happened. There was no expert examination and no response from the FSB,” says Shcherbachev.
On his social media accounts, Shcherbachev suggested that the FSB officers had lied to the court by saying he was being tried under Article 222 of the Criminal Code for possession of firearms. This case never came to fruition either. The legal violations against him were not remedied either: The dagger and knife were never given back. Six months later, Shcherbachev filed a complaint against the non-execution of a court decision. The court decided that there was no violation. Shcherbachev, in turn, appealed this decision as well.