Russian Paraplegic Sues U.S. Diplomat for 1998 Accident A Russian man seriously injured in a 1998 auto accident arrives in the United States to sue an American diplomat. Alexander Kashin was paralyzed after Douglas Kent, then U.S. consul general in Vladivostok, slammed into his car. The U.S. State Department refused to lift Kent's diplomatic immunity. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.