Car crashes into the fence of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest, catches on fire, driver dies

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A fire broke out on Wednesday morning near the Russian embassy in Bucharest. A driver drove into the fence surrounding the building. The car caught fire and the driver died. Investigators believe it was a deliberate act.

Information on the incident at the Russian Embassy in Bucharest was also taken over by Nexta.

The driver would be Bogdan Drăghici, the president of the TATA association, who was accused by his ex-wife of molesting his stepdaughter, according to Digi24 sources. In 2019, he was investigated and prosecuted in connection with this accusation. Yesterday he was sentenced in the first instance to 15 years and four months in prison for sexually assaulting his daughter. He was banned from leaving the country until May 26, 2022.

The gendarme who was on duty at the embassy this morning allegedly ordered the driver to leave the scene immediately, but he shouted something at the soldier and then set himself on fire.

In August 2019, Bogdan Drăghici was detained on charges of raping his stepdaughter a few years ago, and the acts of which he was accused were allegedly committed during 4-5 years. The complaint was filed by the girl’s mother.

Russia’s retort. Kuzmin: A terrorist action

The chairman of the Russian Inquiry Committee, Aleksandr Bastrakin, on Wednesday ordered the main investigative directorate of this structure under the Russian Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the circumstances of the incident at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Romania, the institution’s press service announced.

In his turn, Russia’s ambassador to Romania, Valeri Kuzmin, said that the incident in which a car crashed into the gates of the Russian diplomatic mission in Bucharest could be called, “practically”, a “terrorist act”, as TASS reports. “In fact, there was a terrorist attack early this morning, although there are many circumstances that make this incident more difficult to understand,” Kuzmin told Rossia-24 television.

“The atmosphere that is gradually settling here is very tense. The embassy has repeatedly received direct threats via e-mail that it will be ‘blown up’, ‘revenge’,” the ambassador added, according to TASS.

The official Russian news agency also writes that the incident was a “planned action” and that the driver shouted something at the embassy security guards before he died.

However, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects the reaction of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest following the incident this morning and says that it is hasty and completely inappropriate and inappropriate to qualify in any way.

However, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the reaction of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest following the incident this morning, saying that it is hasty and completely inappropriate and inappropriate to qualify in any way.

At the same time, the MFA rejected any attribution of context or political significance to this incident, calling on “the Embassy of the Russian Federation to show maximum restraint in offering any interpretations before the completion of the investigation of the responsible authorities.”

“Until the completion of the investigation and the communication of its results by the competent Romanian authorities, any kind of resumptions represent only unfounded speculations.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes that the integrity of the staff of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Romania and of its building was not affected.

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