Kremlin guards stop deluded would-be suitor

Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:05pm EST
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MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) - An unemployed construction worker alarmed Kremlin guards when he tried to barge past them for what he said was a meeting with the Russian president to become his son-in-law, a popular daily reported on Thursday.

He was promptly informed that Dmitry Medvedev only has a single teenage son and was then taken to a psychiatric hospital on Wednesday evening, Komsomolskaya Pravda said.

The native of Russia's volatile Muslim Dagestan region, 35, whose name was only given as Bakhtiyar, was seeking to improve his fortunes by marrying into Medvedev's family after he lost his construction job during financial crisis, the paper said.

(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman)