Russian police hunt down rogue Nokia blogger

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First Symbian-Guru doesn’t grok Symbian anymore and now Nokia is after Eldar Murtazin, editor of Mobile Review for apparently reviewing pre-released hardware. What else can go wrong in this topsy-turvy world? A huge oil spill in the Gulf?

Murtazin is famous for his gnomic tweets and his occasional scoops. His most recent coup was a full review of the unreleased Nokia N8, a device that Nokia requested back. Now the Finnish company has gotten the Russian police involved in tracking down the property.

“Several weeks back, we have formally requested the return of all unauthorized Nokia property from Mr. Murtazin and he declined to respond,” Doug Dawson, a spokesman for the Espoo, Finland-based company, said in an e-mail. “As a result, we have contacted the Russian authorities to assist us in the return of all unauthorized Nokia property.”

Will the Russians hunt Murtazin down like a dog? Will they send him to the Gulag? Probably not, but isn’t the cat pretty much out of the bag by now? Handset manufacturers are getting touchier and touchier these days.

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