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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.

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