Reporter covering World Cup reportedly drugged, robbed in Russia
A British journalist covering the World Cup was reportedly drugged and robbed Friday in Moscow.
Two men have been detained in the Russian capital, according to Russia’s Interior Ministry, after a BBC reporter drank a spiked cup of coffee, lost consciousness and woke up at a metro station without his cell phone and bank cards, a police source told The Sun.
The victim reportedly was taking a taxi from the Bolshoi Theatre around 3:30 a.m. and received the beverage from strangers.
“As a result of the search operation, a suspect in the robbery of a British national has been detained,” a spokesperson for the Russian Interior Ministry said Saturday. “Yesterday, the British national reported to the police that he had been robbed in a taxi.
“As a result of the search operation, officers of the criminal police found the car which the man had taken and one of the suspects had been detained. He is now being questioned.”
The spokesperson later added that an additional suspect had been detained.
While a BBC spokesperson would only say there was “an incident” that’s “in the hands of the Russian police,” a source at the outlet told The Sun that the victim is “absolutely fine and back working now.”