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Daredevil motorsists reportedly playing death-defying game in Sofia

Daredevil motorists in Bulgaria have been playing a death-defying game on the city’s streets known as ‘Russian Road Roulette’.

According to Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor’s office, the craze started in the country’s capital city Sofia in late summer and it involves motorists speeding through red lights at busy intersections late at night.

The rules reportedly state that to win, the driver must not touch their brakes or crash into a pedestrians, other cars or motorcyclists.

Bulgarian officials say that up to 5000 euro (£4500) are being staked on some runs and authorities are now keeping a close eye on some of the roads being used for the game. This is not always possible, however, as often races are organised at short notice by text.

Commissioner Vanio Stoevski, head of the Sofia Road police, said: “Every time we receive a signal for such an unregulated race, we send patrols.”

The most common cars and participants reportedly involved are young males in their 20s driving SUVs. In June two people died after a motorcyclist crashed into a crowd watching on Sofia's ring road

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00se7en 3 November 2009

Re: Russian Road Roulette in Bulgaria

Having driven in Sofia I cannot say I am surprised - it was an..."experience", and saw some crazy stunts. Out of the towns though, the roads were pretty good!

Dr.Car 3 November 2009

Re: Russian Road Roulette in Bulgaria

Isn't this article just advertising this 'game' across here?

TegTypeR 3 November 2009

Re: Russian Road Roulette in Bulgaria

Not dissimilar to the game played by push bikers in London, except they do it for fun and not the money!