U.K. writer Colin Adams dies in Moscow bar brawl

Dec. 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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MOSCOW, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A British travel writer, 70, who went to Russia to find inspiration for a book, died after a brawl in a Moscow bar with a 21-year-old bartender, police said.

Colin Adams, best known for "The Mountain Walker's Guide to Wales," appears to have died after hitting his head, a police spokesman said.

Cosmos Hotel bartender Artem Okhotin, 21, was questioned by police and released on his own recognizance until the cause of death is confirmed, RIA Novosti reported.

"We are conducting a forensic examination, which will clarify whether this death was the result of violence," a police spokesman said.

"Witness accounts and security-camera tapes indicate that the author of travel books died about 30 minutes after he hit a piece of furniture," a police source told the state-owned news agency.

Hotel manager Andrei Chernyshov said said the death was "shocking for us all."

Police did not say what led to the fight.

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