Alisher Usmanov: A Brief Update

I went on holiday a couple of weeks ago, half-expecting this little blog to not be up here when I got back. Not only had I left it in the hands of Little Dotmund (though he did a very sterling job of keeping it running – largely through following the instructions that I sent him to the letter), but also because I had posted this little post on Alisher Usmanov, Schillings solicitors and Craig Murray. Given the way that the threatening letters had been flying around in the few days before I went away, I was half expecting there to be a big blank space where my incessant warblings about football on the television, radio shows from nine years ago and non-league football used to be, but no. In the last week or so, it has all been going off, and what might have been a minor news story that was of interest to the few of us that take an interest in such things has become this season’s freedom of speech cause du jour. It takes quite a lot to unite the left and right in British politics, but if there is one place that this may happen, then it’s over freedom of speech. Blogs as diverse as England Expects and Bloggerheads have united in an unprecedented show of defiance in response to legal threats made by Schillings...

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