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Commenting article: Putin Opponent Nikolai Kobliakov Detained in Sofia

Nikolai Kobliakov, described as an opposition-affiliated Russian businessman, has been arrested at Sofia Airport, authorities say.

Private national channel NOVA TV reports the operation targeting Kobliakov was carried out on Tuesday evening.

Moscow had issued in 2013 a red notice for Kobliakov over an alleged criminal offense.

On Tuesday the businessman arrived in Sofia flying from French capital Paris and was detained on the passport control checkpoint.

He has a dual Russian-French citizenship and is the co-founder of the human rights organization Russie-Libertes (Free Russia) based in Paris.

The detainee is also the Baltics representative of the French entity Senior Group, which builds residences for the elderly and for people with limited mobility.

Bilyana Kotsakova, Kobliakov's lawyer, was quoted as explaining the wording of the Interpol notice was "too vague", a position also declared in a statement by Russie-Libertes officials.

She also pointed a quick reference on Interpol's website produced no results containing her client's name.

The entrepreneur himself wrote on Facebook that he did not understand why he had appeared on the international warrant list.

Dogfish - 2 Aug 2014 // 22:50:28

Sofia city court begs to differ...... And even if the guy was suspected of homicide, he shouldn't be sent to Russia, since he wouldn't get a fair trial and mighht be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. Russian judges are known as "telephone judges'", following instructions of their political boss(es). See Pussy Riot and Arctic Sunrise.

Warfou2 - 2 Aug 2014 // 12:30:24

So a Russian mobster is ok as long as he is against Poetin.

sa-sha - 2 Aug 2014 // 12:08:36

"human rights organizations should watch this case closely"---right, since it's about the entire Russian people' money. Straight after misappropriation/stealing, in 2003-2005, the foreign assets and money of the soviet company "Stankoimport", worth~US$2 bln, Mr.Kobliakov "&Co" started covering their tracks. And what is
the best way for it? Right! To transform a disgusting thief into a noble "fighter for Freedom"!
"In Russia, everyone thinks the man in Holland was murdered"---info from "two sensible students" inspires ;-)
"If you tell a lie often enough, it will become truth" (Joseph Goebbels) - and Dogfish proves it! This fry diligently swallows the MSM' rotten food. And it is not alone. Schools of EUropean dumb fish scurry in the duly lighted by MSM space above the EU "sea" bottom.....

Dogfish - 2 Aug 2014 // 09:21:02

Now this is really serious. Something comparable happened in Holland last year. When it became clear to the man that he would most likely be deported, he killed himself. No, this was not a case of the immigration police being in Putin's pocket. It was a matter of police running on automatic: "you're indicted, so you're guilty, so wel'l deport you". I saw this reflex in another, less dramatic case also (defamation charges, which in BG can be brought before the court without going through the prosecutor). Police often have a tendency to play investigator, prosecutor and judge (and executioner, if they get the chance).

I suppose the French embassy is involved, but human rights organizations should watch this case closely, and if push comes to shove, do a "Kyustendil".

P.S. In Russia, everyone thinks the man in Holland was murdered, even two very sensible students I met recently. "If you tell a lie often enough, it will become truth" (Joseph Goebbels)

Hoss - 1 Aug 2014 // 22:25:33

so now is Bulgaria going to be guilty of sending a man into harms way because he spoke out against dictatorial tactics ? I hope that Bulgaria's powers that be are snuggling up to the Mother Russia bosom :(

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