St. Petersburg, September 14, Interfax - Rescuers and the police were trying to persuade a man to climb down from the roof of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg, where he has been for more than ten hours already.
The press service for the Russian Interior Ministry's regional branch told Interfax on Monday that the police are holding negotiations with a man currently on the roof of a building at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. The preliminary information available indicates that the man is behaving strangely and may require medical assistance.
Emergency Situations Ministry teams are also present at the site.
The man has been on the roof since last night, a source told Interfax.
According to media reports, the man, who works at the monastery, has threatened to jump off, but has not put forth any demands. He is believed to be holding a knife.