Two men have been detained in Moscow on suspicion of robbing a British reporter who is in the Russian capital to cover the World Cup, Russia’s Interior Ministry has confirmed.
Russian news agency TASS reported that the journalist was working for the BBC and lost consciousness after drinking a drugged cup of coffee early on Friday morning and awoke to find his belongings had been stolen.
British World Cup journalist 'drugged and robbed in Moscow' https://t.co/j9yKiy5WOW pic.twitter.com/Yuwr7X64RT
— The Sun (@TheSun) July 7, 2018
According to a source in the police, the Briton was a BBC reporter who had traveled to Russia to cover the FIFA World Cup.
“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.”
Later on Saturday, Volk told Russian news agency Interfax that a second man had been detained. The Interfax report said the victim woke up at a Metro station to find his mobile phone and bank cards missing.
A second World Cup reporter working for a British outlet said he was also robbed at the weekend. Not as dangerous as covering a war, but still pretty darn dangerous.
Got jumped and phone robbed last night – only bad experience I've had here, just a graze, and everyone very helpful since.
Temporarily had no access to twitter – for the best, says you, ha.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) July 8, 2018