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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Protest Suicide Halted

KRASNODAR, Southern Russia () -- Firefighters overpowered a man who threatened to set himself on fire to keep his son from being drafted into Russia's beleaguered army, a news agency reported Tuesday.

The unidentified man's 18-year-old son had already been arrested for draft evasion, Itar-Tass reported.

The man parked his car Monday in front of the courthouse in Tbilisskaya, about 1,200 kilometers south of Moscow, placed a Molotov cocktail on the hood of the vehicle and locked himself inside, Itar-Tass reported.

After a standoff lasting several hours, firefighters stormed the car and seized the man. He was detained and placed in a cell next to his son.