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Russian TV crew offered money to youths in Sweden to cause trouble in front of camera

Local youths from the troubled Stockholm-suburb Rinkeby tell Danish media Radio24syv that journalists from a Russian TV station offered them money to cause trouble in front of the camera.
Russian TV crew offered money to youths in Sweden to cause trouble in front of camera

400 Swe­dish Krona for cau­sing “action” in front of the camera. That offer was alle­gedly given to a group of local youths in the Sto­ck­holm suburb of Rin­keby. The offer came from a Rus­sian TV crew, two of the young men tell Danish outlet, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Radio24syv.

“They came to us and told us they wan­ted to see some action. They wan­ted to bribe each of us with 400 Swe­dish Krona,” says “Moham­med”. “Moham­med” wants to remain ano­ny­mous, but Radio24syv is fami­liar with his iden­tity.

“Moham­med” tells Radio24syv that two men appro­a­ched the group and clai­med to be Rus­sian jour­na­lists. He also over­heard them spe­aking in a langu­age that soun­ded like Rus­sian. Neit­her of the two young men know which net­work the jour­na­lists came from.

“While we were tal­king to them, the police appro­a­ched us. We didn’t want to do what the TV crew were asking us. But when the police came, the jour­na­lists told the police that we were the ones who had asked for money to cause trouble”, “Moham­med” tells Radio24syv.

It has not been pos­sible to get a com­ment from Swe­dish police.

Rin­keby has been sub­ject to mas­sive con­tro­versy lately. First US presi­dent Donald Trump cri­ti­cized the Swe­dish immi­gra­tion policy upon see­ing a docu­men­tary about Swe­den. Shortly after riots broke out in Rin­keby, a suburb mainly popu­la­ted by citizens of other eth­nic back­gro­unds than Swe­dish. Cars were set on fire and rocks were thrown at the police.

Flem­m­ing Splids­boel, a senior lec­tu­rer at the Danish Insti­tute of Foreign Affairs, calls it “very, very inte­r­e­sting.” He belie­ves Rus­sia could have an inte­r­est in affecting the debate about refu­gees and asylum see­kers in Swe­den.

“It’s pos­sible that the Rus­sian gover­n­ment wants to affect the poli­ti­cal debate in Swe­den in favor of certain poli­ti­cal par­ties, which hold a posi­tive view on Rus­sia. Par­ties Rus­sia there­fore wish to strengt­hen ahead of a com­ing election,” Flem­m­ing Splids­boel tells Radio24syv.