Russian governor denies allegations Spanish king shot tame, drunken bear named Mitrofan

Updated: October 27, 2006, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press — Oct. 27, 2006

MOSCOW — A Russian provincial governor on Friday denied allegations that Spanish King Juan Carlos had killed a tamed and drunken bear during a trip to his region, saying the monarch had never gone hunting, news reports said.

Provincial governor Vyacheslav Pozgalyov of the Vologda region northeast of Moscow, who had set up a panel to investigate the allegations, was quoted as saying that the king did not fire a single shot on a trip to the region in August.

Juan Carlos had mainly ...

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