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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Arrest Man in Attack On U.S. Embassy in 1995

Moscow police have arrested a man suspected of firing an anti-tank grenade at the U.S. Embassy five years ago, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Sergei Gavryushin, 40, was arrested Tuesday night on Stavropolskaya Ulitsa, Interfax said. NTV television showed footage of him, handcuffed and wearing a black sweater and camouflage trousers, being escorted to a police car.

Policemen told NTV that Gavryushin worked as deputy director of a car repair shop and said he gave the impression of being a "rather decent" person.

Gavryushin is suspected of firing the rocket-propelled anti-tank grenade that slammed into the sixth floor of the old U.S. Embassy building on the Garden Ring on Sept. 13, 1995. No one was hurt.

In a search of Gavryushin’s apartment, police found various right-wing books and a handbook on the use of explosives. "I bought it during last year’s apartment-buildings bombings as a kind of self-defense," Gavriushin said, smiling, on a videotape made by a police cameraman and given to NTV.

NTV also played a tape with amateur pictures from the White House siege in October 1993, which police said was found among Gavryushin’s home videos. The tape showed him speaking to a crowd of people defending the building from the supporters of then-President Boris Yeltsin.

Police were looking into whether Gavryushin could have been involved in a similar attack on the U.S. Embassy in March 1999, when two people tried to fire the same type of grenade launcher but apparently forgot to open a safety catch.

The first attack on the embassy happened during NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serbs, while the second took place during NATO bombardments against Yugoslavia over Kosovo.