Sushma Swaraj helps citizen of 'time tested friend' Russian Federation


Evangelin, a Russian tourist had sought alms yesterday after he could not draw money with his ATM card as the PIN number got locked, police had said. His visa is valid until next month.

The young foreigner, identified as A. Evangelin, who arrived in Kancheepuram on Tuesday morning from Chennai has a valid passport and visa.

When the matter came into the notice of Sushma Swaraj, she said that the officials of the External Affairs Ministry in Chennai will help him.

Left with no option, the 24-year-old sat at the entrance of the Kumarakottam Sri Subramanya Swami temple and started begging for alms using his caps. Taking to Twitter, Swaraj hailed Russian Federation as a time tested friend and assured all help to him. As per IANS report, Evangelin got to know about the problem after he went to an ATM kiosk in the temple town to withdraw money.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has always been in the headlines not only for being Twitter active but also for always stepping up in aiding people who seek help.

When the local police came to know about this, they reached the spot and took him to the police station. According to the report, police reached the temple and after checking his travel documents gave him money to at least reach the Russian Consulate in Chennai.

Police identified him as Evangelin Berngowe, a 32-year-old research student from Russian Federation.

However, this is not the first time that Swaraj has reached out to foreign nationals.