Dagestani blogger arrested in Moscow on suspicion of recruiting for ISIS
The defendant was detained after a fight at the Neolit cafe, but it turned out that he was in another venue.
Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court took the Dagestani blogger, Alibek Mirzekhanov, into custody until 20 April on suspicion of participating in the Islamic State terrorist organization, banned in Russia (part 2 of Article 205.5 CCRF) and recruiting new supporters into it (part 1 Article 205.1 CCRF), Interfax reports. Mirzekhanov has an Instagram blog with over 120,000 followers. The bloggers was detained after in the case of the mass brawl near the Neolit cafe.
“The investigator considered the events of 2014. Then IS just formed. Not every court knew about it, let alone our client, who was then 18 years old,” RIA Novosti quotes Mirzekhanov’s lawyer as saying.
The operatives detained the blogger on February 14, suspecting him in participation in the mass brawl between the Chechens and Azerbaijanis at the Neolit café in Moscow. The young man has an alibi: he was with friends in another cafe. After that, the security forces detained Mirzekhanov on suspicion of terrorism. In 2014, the blogger allegedly showed someone a certain video about ISIS (banned in the Russian Federation) and urged him to join his ranks.