Friday, September 21, 2007


Slow on the uptake I know but it appears that the bloated Uzbek plutocrat who is gobbling up Arsenal doesn't take kindly to people being rude about him on the web.

Alisher Usmanov has been getting his lawyers, Schillings to threaten servers with action due to a couple of posts by Tim Ireland and Craig Murray. The fact that I am in no way a fan of either man and therir burbklings is neither here nor there. This is a serious abuse of the internet and should have everybody worried.

As Mr E points out,

But that's far from the point. If you can be silenced for calling a businessman a crook, then you can be silenced for calling a politician a crook, too. Then it's everyone's problem.
The offending articles have, for the time being been relocated to here and here.

A number of bloggers have been doing there thing to highlight the affair, lifted from Chicken Yoghurt,

Linkage: Thanks to one and all, I think we can safely say the genie is out of
the bottle:Curious Hamster, Pickled Politics, Harry’s Place, Tim Worstall, Dizzy, Iain
, Ten Percent, Blairwatch, Davide Simonetti, Earthquake Cove, Turbulent Cleric (who suggests dropping a line to the FA about Mr Usmanov), Mike Power, Jailhouse
, Suesam, Devil’s Kitchen, The Cartoonist, Falco, Casualty Monitor, Forever
, Arseblog, Drink-soaked Trots, Pitch Invasion, Wonko’s World, Roll A Monkey, Caroline Hunt, Westminster Wissdom, Chris K, Anorak, Mediawatchwatch, Norfolk Blogger, Chris Paul, Indymedia (with a list of Craig Murray’s articles that are currently unavailable), Obsolete, Tom Watson, Cynical Chatter, ReactionarySnob, Mr Eugenides, Matthew Sinclair, The Select Society, Liberal England, Davblog, Peter
Pitch Perfect, Adelaide, Green Porridge Cafe, Lunartalks, Tygerland, The Crossed Pond, Our Kingdom, Big Daddy Merk, Daily Mail Watch, Graeme’s, Random
, Nosemonkey, Matt Wardman, Politics in the Zeros, Love and Garbage, The Huntsman, Conservative Party Reptile, Ellee Seymour, Sabretache, Not
A Sheep
, Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion, The People’s Republic Of Newport, Life, the Universe & Everything, Arsenal Transfer Rumour Mill, The Green Ribbon, Blood & Treasure, The Last Ditch, Areopagitica, Football in Finland, An Englishman’s
, Freeborn John, Eursoc, The Back Four, Rebellion uck!, Ministry of Truth, ModernityBlog, Beau Bo D’Or, Scots and Independent, The Splund, Bill Cameron, Podnosh, Dodgeblogium, Moving Target, Serious Golmal (85).
…and to the person who was quick off the mark with Usmanov’s Wikipedia
Do join in


The Aunt said...

Oooh. Let's google-bomb him.

He picked a fight with the wrong people.

the doctor said...

Usmanov should not be allowed to take over Arsenal ,or anything else ; the reason being that IMO he is as ugly as sin !