On May 8 I learned, that blogger http://ingushetiya-ru.livejournal.com/ was arrested in Moscow. Ethnic Russian convert to Islam Alexei Dudko was arrested around May 5 and has been kept locked, away from lawyers and relatives. His blog was mainly focusing on the events in Ingushetia in the North Caucasus, but also general events in Russia attracted his attention. He kept his real name in strict secret and, according to some sources, his arrest came days after his name somehow surfaced in the internet.
Needless to say, that the person was very critical of the Russian authorities. Russian general prosecutor had accused this blog of inciting ethnic hatred prior to the arrest, but probably did not know the real person behind it until lately. In fact, some of his blog’s entries could be considered rather controversial. However, enigmatically enough, the authorities reportedly accused him of explosives’ possession and not of inciting hatred.
So the case of Alexei Dudko’s arrest seems to acquire quite a political angle because of almost obvious law twisting by the Russian authorities. The allegation, that no lawyers or relatives are allowed to meet the suspect is of complementary interest as it means, if it is true, that even in Moscow, the capital of the country, laws are not abided by the law enforcement agencies.