The driver, who was detained and could face nine years in jail, had his licence suspended in 2010 for drunk driving, police said. Interfax news agency quoted a police official as saying he was driving at about 200 km per hour (125 mph).
“As a result of a test that was conducted, it was determined that at the time of the accident the driver was in a state of alcoholic intoxication,” a statement on the Moscow police website said.
Death rates from alcohol and from road accidents are higher in Russia than in many Western countries. (Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Pravin Char)