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Blogger faces five years’ jail for coronavirus train prank

Not funny: The man behind train stunt was named as blogger Karomat Dzhaborov PICTURE: CEN

A PRANKSTER has been arrested after claiming he had the coronavirus when he collapsed on a crowded train.

In footage posted online, commuters can be seen rushing to help the masked man as he falls to the floor travelling on an underground train in Moscow.

But they flee in panic as he appears to suffer convulsions and two fellow passengers, who were in on the stunt, say: ‘Coronavirus is here, get out.’

The suspect, named as Karomat Dzhaborov, faces up to five years’ jail if convicted of criminal hooliganism.

In an Instagram post, the blogger who uses the handle ‘kara.prank’, wrote: ‘They want to jail me.’

His lawyer Alexei Popov said the prankster’s ‘goal was to draw attention to the fact there are no masks and to the problem of the coronavirus’.

Police are continuing to ‘search for his accomplices’, said a spokeswoman for Russia’s interior ministry.