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Russia: Drug Control Service Goes After a Blogger Who Commented on Steve Jobs Taking Drugs

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Belarus, Russia, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Health, Law, Media & Journalism, RuNet Echo

Russian Drug Control Service had approached Habrahabr.ru, a popular IT-portal, and demanded [1] [ru]¬†personal data of the Belarus-based staff-writer Alizar [2] [ru]. He is accused of drug propaganda in his post [3] [ru] which speculates on Steve Jobs’ innovativity, marijuana and LSD, and the governments’ policies towards light drugs, citing¬†Time [4] magazine, the New York Time [5]s, etc. Alizar is one of the most prolific writers at Habrahabr and had sometimes covered political topics. The portal representative tweeted [6] [ru] that they will not disclose the data without a court order.