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MOSCOW (Web Desk) – Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has reportedly shot himself in the foot at a firing range.

He is said to be recovering while undergoing treatment for the bullet wound at a hospital in Moscow, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.

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The deputy PM “accidentally shot himself” while training at a shooting range, causing him to miss a cabinet meeting with Vladimir Putin last week, Interfax reported.

However, a spokesperson from Mr Rogozin’s office later told Tass news agency he had been injured while playing handball.

Mr Rogozin is a prolific shooting enthusiast, posing with a handgun in numerous photos on Twitter and Facebook.

The most recent tweet from his verified English language account shows him pictured with members of the NRA, which has been the focus of growing controversy in the US because of its lobbying against strengthened gun controls in the wake of a series of mass shootings.

“National Rifle Association got to know the plans of organising World Rifle Championship in Russia in 2017,” Mr Rogozin’s tweet said, referring to an International Practical Shooting Confederation event to be held in Moscow.