Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Again Same Story: Poor Russia Threatened By Bloggers And Their News

Posted by Info on 17/05/2010

A blogger who worked with slain Ingush opposition journalist Magomed Yevloyev has been detained at night of May 4 in front of the apartment building where he lives in Moscow by Federal Security Service officers, who beat him up and planted drugs and explosives on him.
Prosecutors said Dudko broke the law on extremism with some of his blog posts.

Alexei, or Alaudin, Dudko, 39 was placed in the Butyrka pretrial prison May 7 after a Moscow court ordered his arrest. Butyrka officials had not let Dudko’s state-appointed lawyer visit him as of Sunday.Charges of drug trafficking and possession of explosives carry maximum sentences of 10 and four years, respectively.

Dudko, a Ukrainian national, contributed to Yevloyev’s opposition web site. He also provided technical support for the site and mirrored its content on his blog.

Yevloyev was shot dead after being taken into custody by Ingush police in August 2008. After that, Dudko became an independent blogger, mostly covering rebel attacks in his posts.

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