Moscow police investigate British travel writer’s death

The death of British travel writer Colin Adams in a brawl with a bartender at a Moscow hotel on Sunday was possibly caused by a head injury sustained in a fall onto furniture, a police source said on Monday.


Adams, 70, died early on Sunday in a fight with a 21-year-old barman at the Kosmos hotel in downtown Moscow. The barman reportedly shoved Adams, who fell and hit his head on furniture.


“It is still unknown what caused the brawl, but witness accounts and security camera tapes indicate that the author of travel books died about 30 minutes after he hit a piece of furniture,” the source said.


A preliminary investigation is underway, while the suspect has been released on his own recognizance until the experts confirm the cause of death.


Adams is best known for his The Mountain Walker’s Guide to Wales (1991). He was reportedly on a trip to Russia to find inspiration for a new book.


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