Pavel Volkov© Russian Interior Ministry
A screenshot from a YouTube video showing a man apparently riding his motorcycle inside the Moscow metro© Youtube.com
MOSCOW, October 2 (RIA Novosti) – A young man who recently apparently rode his motorcycle inside the Moscow subway has been detained, the Russian Interior Ministry’s Moscow department said.
“The biker was detained today by Moscow Criminal Investigation Department officers at Izmailovsky Boulevard in Moscow,” a ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti Tuesday, adding that the man would be detained for 48 hours in line with existing procedures.
On September 23, Russian tabloid LifeNews posted a YouTube video showing a biker riding his motorcycle into what appears to be the Voikovskaya metro station, downstairs and then along the station toward another exit from it. No one was reported injured. Other media also posted videos of the incident.
The LifeNews video also features what the publication said was an interview with the man wearing a crash helmet, who identified himself as Stepan. The biker said he and his friends had prepared well for the action in order to avoid any injuries for people around.
Stepan said they planned the illegal bike ride for after midnight, when there are few people inside the metro. They chose the Voikovskaya station because it had no turnstiles for people going out to the street, so it was possible to ride the bike inside.
The biker may face a fine of up to 1,000 rubles ($31) or a short jail term of up to 15 days for disorderly conduct in line with Russian laws.
Russian television channel NTV identified the biker as Pavel. It reported on its website Wednesday that he apologized to those he could have disturbed, to police officers and Voikovskaya subway station personnel.
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