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The darker the night – the more profitable it is for the thief.

The darker the night – the more profitable it is for the thief.

An employee of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who came to Moscow to report on the World Cup, was robbed in a taxi. A source in the Moscow Ministry of Internal Affairs told RBC that the BBC reporter born in 1974 turned to doctors for medical help. He said that on the night of July 6 he caught a taxi near the Bolshoi Theater. People in the car offered him a coffee, he drank it and fainted and then woke up near the metro station "Dynamo" without his mobile phone and bank cards. Later in the morning, an unknown person cashed in the amount of £ 550 in one of the ATMs in the east of Moscow.

Editors of FansHotline24 asked for commentary from the leading lawyer of European Legal Service, Ms. Rail Gizyatova.

The crime suspect (suspects) in the event that the guilt is proven shall hold criminal liability provided by the Criminal Code. In order to classify the actions of this person/people it will be necessary to identify the substance which got into the reporter’s body. So, according to the Resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation dated as December 27, 2002, No. 29 "On judicial practice in cases of theft and robbery" in cases where a substance has been introduced into the body of the victim for the purpose of stealing someone else's property against his will or by deception, the offense must be classified as robbery.

Robbery committed by a group of persons with prior agreement is a criminal offence with the following criminal liability: imprisonment for up to ten years, with a fine of up to one million rubles or in the amount of the wage or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years or without it.

Robbery committed by a group of persons with prior agreement with the use of violence not dangerous to life or health, or with the threat of such violence is a criminal offence with the following criminal: forced labor for a period of up to five years or imprisonment for up to seven years with a fine of up to ten thousand rubles or in the amount of the salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to one month or without it.

The properties and nature of the used substances shall be established with the help of a relevant specialist or expert. The victim must undergo a medical examination for the identification of presence of harmful substances in the body. After that, if a foreign citizen has suffered material damage, like medical expenses, he can file for a compensation from guilty.