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Fake grenade left outside Russian consulate in São Paulo

Police protecting the Russian Consulate General in São Paulo to prevent attacks and vandalism. Photo: Aloisio Mauricio/Fotoarena via Alamy
Police protecting the Russian Consulate General in São Paulo to prevent attacks and vandalism. Photo: Aloisio Mauricio/Fotoarena via Alamy

A fake grenade was left in front of the Russian Consulate in São Paulo on Sunday night. Security guards at the consulate called the police around 11 pm, and the building’s surroundings were blocked for around three hours.

The police used a remote-controlled robot to handle the grenade, and an X-ray examination showed the object was a fake.

Protests denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been few and far between in Brazil. One demonstration held in São Paulo in the aftermath of the invasion attracted no more than 50 people.

Brazilian authorities have decided to remain neutral in regards to the conflict, given the country’s sheer dependence on Russian fertilizers. 

Government officials fear that severe sanctions against Russia will affect Brazil’s imports and exports, and the country’s diplomats sought to negotiate softer vocabulary used by the United Nations to condemn Russia. As we showed two weeks ago, fertilizer prices bought by Brazilian farmers have skyrocketed.

A recent poll shows that 73 percent of Brazilians believe the country should not get involved in the Eastern European conflict.