Russian conqueror of Eiffel Tower who sought political shelter in France sent to mental hospital
The man threatened to commit suicide.
Russian who climbed up the Eiffel Tower and demanded that the French authorities provide him with a shelter has been placed under involuntary treatment in a psychiatric hospital in Paris, reports BFM TV.
The man was diagnosed with suicidal tendencies. Investigation into “an illegal break-in into a cultural site” has been launched. The Russian’s name is not being disclosed.
The man had earlier been reported to have been climbing up the outer structure of the Eiffel Tower. He reached the height of more than 300 meters with no special equipment. The Russian sat there for about 6 hours, demanding that the French authorities provide him with a shelter. The rescuers took the man off the Tower.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.