10 Feb 2020 22:11

Pranker who faked dangerous 'fit' on metro detained in Moscow

MOSCOW. Feb 10 (Interfax) - Moscow police have detained a man suspected of having imitated a fit as the result of a dangerous viral infection on a metro train, Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax.

"Monitoring of mass media and the Internet found a fact of the violation of public order on the Moscow metro," Volk said.

A young man fell down, imitating a sudden fit, on a metro train en route from the Polezhayevskaya and Ulitsa 1905 God stations in Moscow. His accomplices shouted that he had a dangerous viral infection, causing panic among passengers. The video was later posted on a video hosting website.

The investigative department for the interior affairs department in the Moscow metro of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Directorate for Moscow opened a hooliganism case.

"One of the suspects of hooliganism has been detained. Measures have been taken to look for his accomplices," Volk said.

The press service for the Moscow metro told Interfax on Friday there had been "coronavirus pranks" in the metro.

"In our view, those are not jokes, but hooliganism. We will send a request to law enforcement agencies in the near future asking them to find and punish the hooligans," the press service said.

According to media reports, two people wearing protective yellow clothes and seven Asian people in medical masks, who were coughing, entered a metro train at the Aleksandrovsky sad station. The people in special clothing led them on the train and led them out at the next station.