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Tatar-Bashkirs Face House Arrest

The flags of Bashkortostan
The flags of Bashkortostan
On August 4, authorities in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan arrested Sergei Orlov, a historian who blogs on Live.Journal, for allegedly propagating extremism and religious hatred on, a website that hosts criticism of the government. Orlov was arrested along with three colleagues, Nikolai Shvetsov, an opposition figure and businessman, Konstantin Nesterov, an activist, and Igor Kuchmov, a historian. Despite the release of all four on August 14, RFE/RL reported on August 22 that Orlov and Ildar Gabrdrafikov, Head of the Center for Bashkortostan’s Ethnic Tatars, arrested for blogging in a separate incident, were both subsequently placed under house arrest. has since been closed by court order.