Russia is denying claims that a Russian diplomat shot and killed a man Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.
CNN reports that the “Brazilian state-run news agency Agencia Brasil said that a Russian diplomat struggled with a robber during an attempted mugging before taking the assailant’s gun and shooting him.” It quoted other sources saying the diplomat was a “Russian vice consul who was in a car with his wife and daughter when a robber approached on a bike.”
Tom Steinfort, 9 News Australia correspondent, tweeted:
Criminals tried to rob a Russian diplomat near athletes village at gun point. He knew jujitsu & fought back, stole gun and shot robber dead
— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) August 4, 2016
The incident occurred on “Avenida das Americas, the main street in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, where the Olympic Village and the majority of Olympic venues are [located].”
But Russia denies that one of their diplomats was involved. The Russian embassy released as statement, saying, “At the time of the incident all Consulate officials in Rio de Janeiro were inside the building itself or in rented space for Russian fans of the Olympics in Copacabana called ‘House of the Fans.'”
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