Russian Embassy in Costa Rica Under Siege
The Russian embassy in Costa Rica has been taken over by some guy with a gun.
An armed Uzbek man took Russia’s ambassador and seven other people hostage Friday at the Russian Embassy in Costa Rica, police said. Security forces quickly surrounded the building in San Jose, the capital, police spokesman Francisco Ruiz told The Associated Press. Authorities were trying to negotiate with the gunman.
Ruiz said the man, between 17 and 20 years old from Uzbekistan, entered the embassy with his mother and took Ambassador Valery Nikolayenko and four other men and three women hostage. The Costa Rica TV network, Telenoticias, reported that the man and his family have lived in Costa Rica for about a year.
How does a single gunman take over an embassy? I know the Russian military isn’t what it once was, but surely they can put an armed sentry at the door?