Thursday, 24. July 2014
26. 05. 14. - 15:00
Russian police are probing a car-boot kidnapping that was posted on to YouTube - saying they still do not yet know if the abduction was genuine.
The incident was captured on the dash cam of a car travelling on May 18 in Okrug near the Russian capital Moscow when a young man was crossing a road and was almost hit by a passing car.
A video shows the man then hurling a drink - along with curses - at the vehicle.
The car then screeches to a halt and three men get out, grab the pedestrian and hurl him into the boot of the car before driving away.
The police investigation is still establishing whether it is a real kidnap, or a case of wasting police time.
Artem Mailov, 22, the man who videotaped the episode, said: "The police have quizzed me time and time again about this, asking whether I thought it was genuine or a stunt. They asked why I uploaded it to the internet.
"All I can say is that it looked like it was the real deal and, no, I was not in on the kidnapping. I had no time to react. It was all over very quickly. I pity the poor guy who was bundled into the boot because the guys who took him looked big and menacing."
A police spokesman said: "We have to take it seriously as a potential crime and are now appealing to social media users to ask if they can identify either the men or the car or the victim.
"The only reservation we have is that the video seems too perfect and that it might have been a set up. We won't know that until all our enquiries have been exhausted."
Mailov added: "I think it's real, I hope the police find him - and in one piece."
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