Russian police raided the Jewish community center in Moscow on Friday as part of an investigation into Alexander Kargin, the representative of Israel's Likud Party in Russia, finding books with anti-Semitic materials there, according to Russian news agency Interfax.
The investigation "into actions aimed at fomenting hatred or enmity or insulting a group of people based on their ethnicity and religion" was launched after law enforcement in the country received a report about Kargin.
Kargin's lawyer, Igor Zuber, insisted the books did not belong to his client.
"Officials from the Anti-Extremism Center of the Interior Ministry department for the Central Administrative District in Moscow came to the office today. During a search, they discovered nationalistic literature not belonging to Kargin but obviously planted in the office," Zuber told Interfax.
Zuber said Kargin was summoned for police questioning next week to provide explanations.
Kargin himself insisted he was innocent. "The literature seized had been planted on me. Most of the planted literature was anti-Semitic in nature," he told Interfax.
In a Facebook post, Kargin recounted the incident: "This wasn't the Shabbat I expected. I got a call from the synagogue and was told the police was there and asking that I arrive. After I got there I realized they wanted to search my office because they received information I was conducting extremist activity.
"As soon as we entered the office, you could see a pile of books and pages, almost all of which included nationalistic material, in the worst sense of the word. Some were simply anti-Semitic in nature. Books like 'The Final Solution for the Jewish Problem' found their way to me! A Jewish activist! In short, you understand. This entire thing has been planted."
Yudit Keller contributed to this report.