Philosophical Debate in Beer Line Ends in Shooting in Russia

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 17 2013 12:28 PM

Philosophical Debate in Beer Line Ends in Shooting in Russia

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A member of the Russian underground band the Leningrad breaks a canned beer on his face as he performs in Hajogyar (Shipyard) Island in Budapest on August 13, 2008.

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In Russia, philosophy is taken very seriously. So seriously, in fact, an argument about 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant between two men in southern Russia ended with one of the men shooting the other.

According to Russian news service RIA, the “passionate argument” over the German philosopher “deteriorated into a fistfight” as the two men were waiting in line for beer during an outdoor event in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. "In the course of the fight, the suspect took out a pistol firing rubber bullets and fired several shots at his opponent," RIA news agency reported. According to local police, the victim was shot in the head during the melee and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooter was arrested.

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According to Reuters, “many Russians love to discuss philosophy and history, often over a drink, but such discussions rarely end in shootings.”

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