Man Sets Himself on Fire Near St. Petersburg

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An unnamed Russian man set himself on fire late Monday evening at a police station near St. Petersburg, local police said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW, December 31 (RIA Novosti) – An unnamed Russian man set himself on fire Monday night at a police station near St. Petersburg, local police said on Tuesday.

The man phoned the police in the town of Priozersk, Leningrad Region, saying he was across the street and wanted someone to come outside to meet him. When an officer approached him, the man, who was drenched in a flammable liquid, set himself on fire and ran into the station, the police said.

“The police put the fire out in the entrance to the building. The man was hospitalized in a grave condition with severe burns,” police said.

Investigators said later on Tuesday the 36-year-old man had been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition in childhood.

The man remains in intensive care with burns covering 95 percent of his body.

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