Moldova’s prosecutors asking to prolong Russian writer’s arrest.

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CHISINAU, July 13 (Itar-Tass) — Moldova’s Office of the Prosecutor General has issued a request to prolong the arrest of Russian writer Eduard Bagirov by another 30 days, his lawyer Asdrian Matkowski said.

The lawyers have filed a petition with the Appeals Chamber to release their client from custody and to place him under house arrest, yet the judges turned down the petition once again.

Eduard Bagirov, a writer and active blogger, who is known to readers in Russia for his novel Gastarbeiter /The Guest Worker/, was detained in Moldova June 16 for a period of 30 days.

For some time, the Moldovan authorities did not confirm his detention but then they officially notified the Russian embassy on it.

“Bagirov is accused of involvement in mass riots /in Moldova/ in April 2009,” Maria Vieru, the press secretary of the Prosecutor’s Office said.

In April 2009, the voters displeased with the victory of the Communist Party in the parliamentary election organized demonstrations of protest that grow over into rampages in the parliament building and the Office of the President’s compound.

Bagirov made confessions about his participation in the events in his publications.

“Bagirov and other active participants in these events are undergoing pressure so that they’d say they had connections with the opposition Communist Party,” said Marc Tcaciuc, an advisor to former Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin.

“The Russian writer has been told, among other things, to give written evidence that he allegedly received all the instructions from me,” Tcaciuc said

He accused Moldovan security services of “engineering provocations against the opposition.”

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