Bloggers sentenced to three.5 years in jail for taxi hijack prank

A courtroom in Moscow has sentenced three bloggers to three-and-a-half years behind bars on fees of automobile theft following a sensible joke that concerned stealing a taxi whereas the driving force was loading baggage into the trunk.

The prank, carried out by bloggers Ramir Khasanov, Aidyn Tussupov, and Ersin Dumshebay, came about in March near a shopping center within the Moscow City enterprise district of the Russian capital. All three are residents of Kazakhstan.

The sensible joke concerned the three bloggers ordering an costly premium taxi. Once it arrived, two of the pranksters jumped into the automobile, whereas a 3rd requested the driving force for assist placing procuring baggage within the boot. A couple of minutes later, they returned the automobile and defined to the driving force that he had been pranked.

“The third remained waiting for his accomplices near the shopping center and also filmed what was happening on a camera, to later be published on social media,” the prosecutor’s workplace defined.

This newest conviction isn’t the primary time two of the bloggers have been in hassle with the legislation. In 2020, Khasanov was put in jail for 10 days after coughing loudly on the metro system of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis. The prank came about in the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and was designed to scare passengers.

Tussupov, a blogger with 1.2 million Instagram followers, has additionally been in hassle in his homeland and went to jail final yr for violating Covid measures.

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