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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Oh those Russians

Moscow Policeman Shoots Subway Passenger for Free Ride Attempt

Blimey, I have seen lots of people blagging a free ride on the Tube by sticking closely to the person in front of them when going through the barriers (is this called bunking in or
barrier squeeze - see point five???) and many people who look way over sixteen going through on child tickets, just don't try doing the same thing in Russia as you could get shot.

This was on Heart FM's news this morning in one of those .....and finally stories:

"Rustam Baibekov, a migrant worker from Tajikistan, was detained by the policeman as he was trying to pass the turnstile with his friend on a single token at the northeastern Sokolniki subway station. The policeman asked if he had any money for a fine or any registration, and it turned out that Baibekov was not only in Moscow illegally, but had no money on him.

Upon hearing this, the policeman drew his service pistol and shot Baibekov in the mouth

Fortunately the guy survived and the policeman has been charged with attempted murder. Although "Medical inspection has shown that the policeman was sober, although he slightly smelled of alcohol. In his own words, the policeman drank a glass of beer in the morning, before work,"

Check out the full story in Mosnews.com.

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