Why Was a Russian Ambulance Helping an Injured Man in Stockholm?
Mans Jonasson / Twitter
A Russian ambulance that stopped to help to a man in Stockholm Wednesday evening stirred speculation on social media after photos of the emergency vehicle circulated online.
The ambulance bore all the markings of a Russian emergency vehicle, including a Russian license plate.
“Why is a Russian ambulance working in the south[ern neighborhood of Stockholm?]" Mans Johasson, the author of a tweet featuring the ambulance, asked.
Social media users speculated that the ambulance was participating in a film or that it belonged to the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, the state-run TASS news agency reported.
The real reason was even more bizarre.
The state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported that the ambulance was actually sent to Stockholm by a St. Petersburg health care firm to bring an injured client back to Russia.
The ambulance reportedly stopped to help an injured pedestrian on the final stretch of its 860-kilometer journey.
“I didn't think there was anything nefarious about a Russian ambulance in Stockholm, I was just curious as I've never seen a foreign ambulance here,” Johasson wrote on Twitter.