Blogger detained in case of mass brawl near Neolit cafe kidnapped, lawyer

Blogger detained in case of mass brawl near Neolit cafe kidnapped, lawyer
Alibek Mirzekhanov

The court refused to impose a pre-trial restraint on the suspect and returned the case file to investigation.

Dagestan blogger Alibek Mirzekhanov disappeared after being detained in Moscow in the case of a mass brawl near café Neolit. The young man’s relatives reported to the police about the abduction. According to them, shortly before Mirzekhanov’s disappearance, there was a minibus without plate numbers near the temporary detention center, the victim’s lawyer Shamil Yandarbayev told Mediazona

According to the lawyer, the court refused to impose a pre-trial restraint on Mirzekhanov and returned the case file to investigation, since neither the suspect nor the investigator showed up at the hearing. The lawyer met with the investigator, but did not receive a clear answer about Mirzekhanov’s future. After that, the blogger’s relatives called Yandarbayev and told about the abduction. Then, the investigator explained that he had released Mirzekhanov from the detention facility under a personal recognizance to appear. 

The blogger was detained on February 16 at his place on suspicion of hooliganism. On February 14, a few dozens of Chechens in masks and with non-lethal pistols came to the Neolit cafe and started a fight with natives of Azerbaijan. On the same evening, a 52-year-old Azerbaijani, Garib Orujov, was killed with four shots from a Glock pistol on the Samarkandsky Boulevard.

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