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Incident in the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Limassol

On August 7, at around 1 p.m. a 44-year-old citizen of the Republic of Cyprus deliberately drove his car into the fence of the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Limassol. After that, he tried to get into the building, breaking the glass of the entrance door. He was detained by the staff members of the Honorary Consulate and the police. There were no casualties because of this incident, a small damage is caused to the building. The Embassy of the Russian Federation works closely with local law-enforcement agencies, which investigate all circumstances of this case. The police does not define it as a terrorist attack.

According to available information, this Cypriot citizen suffers from a mental disorder and he is registered with the appropriate medical institution in Cyprus. According to a preliminary medical report, he was in a deranged state at the time of the crime.

According to eyewitnesses of the incident, during attempt to get into to the building of the Honorary Consulate the trespasser shouted that he was pursued by unnamed intelligence services and asked for political asylum in Russia. It is noteworthy that several Cypriot media without any knowledge of the real situation published information, that he allegedly claimed, that he was a target of the "Russian intelligence services" and even the "KGB", which in addition "plan his murder". If it is still possible to doubt the presence of logic of a mentally unstable person (it would be strange to ask political asylum in the country whose "agents" "pursue" him), then it is difficult to understand the logic of reasonable journalists. Most likely, it is about the example of inertia in thinking along the lines of “you heard the song but got it wrong” against the background of unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria in the West.