This is a long read, but it's got some detailed insight on the MVP program at Microsoft. I've heard these sentiments before, and I'm sure that it's not black and white. Regardless, Microsoft's actions in this case are unacceptable.

http://devlicio.us/blogs/rob_eisenberg/archive/2012/01/04/how-i-lost-regained-and-then-turned-down-an-mvp-award.aspx

If you don't know Rob Eisenberg, he's the creator of Caliburn and Caliburn Micro frameworks for XAML based platforms (WPF, Silverlight, WP7). If you want to have your mind blown, take a look at his source code for Caliburn Micro (and even more so for Caliburn). While you're at it, watch his "Build your own MVVM framework" presentation. I reviewed a lot of WPF frameworks, but Caliburn Micro stands alone in it's elegance, simplicity, and amazing use of the C# / .NET platform.

I seriously hope that MS addresses whatever is behind this story. We need people like Rob! They should be rewarded for their amazing contributions to the community.