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SilverBullet
07-02-2008, 08:25
Is it safe to drive in Moscow - Is car hijacking common? In Moscow a Russian model died this week defending her Porsche Cayenne from hijackers. Are the streets safe in Moscow? The model had a security firm, was armed, and knew self denfense. Still she became a victim.

For those who want to read the tragic story here it is as reported in the Pravda:

Anna Loginova, a 29-year-old woman, a former model, the head of a private security firm, died trying to defend her Porsche Cayenne from a hijacker.

Russian model dies defending her Porsche Cayenne from hijackers

At night of January 27 Anna arrived on her prestigious car to Moscow’s Novomarinskaya Street to purchase a kitten from someone. The next moment a Russian-made car stopped near the silvery Porsche. A young dark-haired man stepped out of the car and ran towards Anna’s vehicle.

The man pulled the door open, grabbed the woman and dragged her our of the car. Afterwards, he quickly got into her Porsche Cayenne and shut the door. Everything happened in an instant. However, the young woman did not intend to give up without a fight. She got up onto her feet and gripped the handle on the door of her car. The woman did not let it go even when the car tore away.

The hijacker dragged the Porsche owner several meters before she released her hands. The woman hit her head on the asphalt road and died of a serious cranial injury.

It turned out later that it was not the first incident, when hijackers attempted to steal Anna Loginova’s car. In December of 2007, the model said in an interview with Maxim magazine that she had already been a victim of such street attacks.

“I stepped out of my car and closed the door when I suddenly saw a young man near me. He grabbed me by the arm in which I was holding the car keys. By reflex, I used a Jiu-Jitsu technique. I twisted his arm and hit him on the face with my elbow. The guy obviously was not expecting such a reaction. He fell down on the rear windshield, which gave me enough time to grab my gun. He immediately jumped into his Honda and drove away,” the model said in an interview.

Anna Loginova took part in advertising campaigns for BMW, Chanel and other world-known brands. Collaborating with BMW, Loginova took a course of extreme driving. Afterwards, she met a man who owned an economic security firm and subsequently became a bodyguard.

It was rumoured in 2006 that Loginova became a personal bodyguard for a famous boxer, Kostya Tszyu, during his visit to Russia. However, Loginova stated later that she had joined Tszyu to advertise his action movie.

Anna Loginova took lessons of Jiu-Jitsu martial art and mastered the sword handling. Afterwards, she opened her own security firm for women.

MissAnnElk
07-02-2008, 09:16
I think she made the mistake of not letting go of the car. Let the thief take it!

This sort of tragedy could happen anywhere. I did not see this as particular to Moscow.

Rustralian
07-02-2008, 09:50
One of the lessons to be learned is to keep your doors locked. When I was living in Malaysia (even though it wasn't any sort of security risk) all the cars you buy (throughout Asia and the Middle East I was led to believe) are designed so that as soon as you take off and reach a certain speed (not much more than walking pace) the central locking is activated and highjacking like what was described, can't happen.

Out of habit I do the same in Moscow, as soon as I get into the car the first thing I do is activate the Central Locking.

Why encourage temptation!

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Guest
07-02-2008, 11:31
That happens quite everywhere, car-jacking is also a French speciality especially in Nice and Canes. Lock the doors, and push the "alert" button that should have all elite cars that have a sputnik GPS system. This button can be connected to the engine so that it makes impossible the car to move again unless the driver receives an unlock code by the security company.

Albertina
07-02-2008, 23:34
She even had a gun and knew martial-arts. she was over self-confident...
very sad.

Albertina
08-02-2008, 00:04
One of the lessons to be learned is to keep your doors locked. When I was living in Malaysia (even though it wasn't any sort of security risk) all the cars you buy (throughout Asia and the Middle East I was led to believe) are designed so that as soon as you take off and reach a certain speed (not much more than walking pace) the central locking is activated and highjacking like what was described, can't happen.

Out of habit I do the same in Moscow, as soon as I get into the car the first thing I do is activate the Central Locking.

Why encourage temptation!

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doesn't help if the roof-top is down, though. i used to leave my car with an open top on the streets and sometimes overnight. nothing even happened to me for 5 years... But that was ofcourse not in Russia.

SilverBullet
07-03-2008, 00:14
Here is my idea of an effective car alarm and protection for my BMW in Moscow. A beautiful but deadly deterent for any would be carjackers. This is what every expat needs. :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown: