Survivor of torture detained within case over mass brawl in Moscow cafe Neolit
Bloggers' relatives claim that he has an alibi and he could not participate in this crime.
Instagram blogger Alibek Mirzekhanov was detained in Moscow on suspicion of complicity in an attack on the metropolitan café Neolit, Lenta reports.
The edition published a fragment of the decision to initiate a criminal case under part 2 of Article 213 of the Criminal Code (Hooliganism committed by a group of persons by prior agreement). The document says that Mirzekhanov and four more people came to the institution with knives and traumatic pistols, fired at least eight shots and injured one of the visitors. Bloggers' relatives claim that he has an alibi and he could not participate in this crime.
Shortly before the detention, the blogger published an appeal on Instagram in which he said that he had noticed surveillance and was afraid that something might happen to him. He suggested that he was being pursued by FSB officers, who "expose Russian Muslims." According to him, he did not break the law and did not keep any prohibited items.
In 2012 and 2013, Mirzekhanov appealed to human rights defenders and recorded video messages about abductions and torture. He claimed that he was tortured three times and held in Dagestan twice for the sake of testifying against his acquaintances.
Alibek Mirzekhanov moved to Moscow from Derbent; he is engaged in blood-letting (capillary bleeding in Islamic medicine). He has more than 100 thousand users on Instagram.
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