Screaming woman is bundled into car by masked men in medieval ‘bride kidnapping’ custom in Russia – The Sun

SHOCKING footage shows a woman being bundled into a car by a group of men in an apparent instance of bride kidnapping.

The incident occurred at around 2.20pm on Wednesday in the city of St Petersburg, Russia.

Bride kidnapping is a practice in which a man kidnaps a woman he wants to marry which reportedly still continues in certain parts of Russian society.

In the clip, a young woman is seen leaving an apartment block, reported to be on Telman Street, with her mother as three men exit a car with their faces covered.

Two of the men restrain the mother while a third runs up behind and grabs the young woman.

Both women can be heard screaming as the young women is bundled into the car, which drives off as soon as the doors are closed, leaving two of the men behind.

The two men then run away, pursued by the mother and another man who has run out of the apartment block.

The mother's screams can be heard continuing off-camera.

Police later found a 28-year-old man with the 25-year-old woman in the city of Tikhvin, a three-hour drive from St Petersburg, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

The man reportedly claimed the incident was part of a "traditional" abduction of the bride.

He is thought to have kidnapped the same woman in February.

Her relatives similarly contacted police on that occasion, but the woman declined to press charges, and the man was given a verbal warning, reported.

The regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is now said to be considering whether to pursue criminal proceedings.

The man is reportedly facing charges for "a crime against the freedom, honour and dignity of the person."

The footage is not the first such clip to have made headlines in Russia recently.

Last year, video showed a woman being bundled into a car the city of Vladikavkaz while the kidnapper's friends sounded their car horns and let off celebratory gun shots.

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