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Russian Blogger Held In Moldova

CHISINAU, Moldova, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A Russian blogger will be held in a Moldovan prison for another 30 days for further investigation into his alleged involvement in 2009 riots, officials say.

Eduard Bagirov will remain jailed in Chisinau, Moldova, his lawyer announced Monday, ITAR-Tass reported.

“A court meeting was held urgently on Friday evening, unexpectedly for the defense. The reason given was to extend Bagirov’s detention to continue the investigation of his case,” the lawyer said.

Bagirov was arrested in Chisinau June 16 for suspicion of taking part in mass riots staged by liberal opposition after Communists claimed victory in the 2009 election.

“Pressure is brought on Bagirov and on others, who actively participated in the April events, so that they should admit their contacts with the opposition Party of Communists. The Russian writer is being compelled to give a written testimony that he had received instructions from me,” said Mark Tkachuk, former adviser to the Moldovan president.

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