Five people have been taken to hospital after a taxi cab drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Gostiny Dvor in central Moscow, a source in the city's emergencies services told TASS.
Moscow police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, while sources say he also may have been drunk.
There is now no details on the condition of those who were injured. The authority cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on objective.
"He just does not get injuries, it's impossible to break him."". Police initially said eight were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention.
The embassy said the women had been lightly injured and were receiving consular assistance. "He was shouting: "It wasn't me".
Moscow traffic authority has published a photograph which shows two ambulances at the scene.
The driver of the taxi has been detained, officials said.
Moscow's traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver's license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic. The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 meters (650 feet) from Red Square and Moscow's famous GUM shopping arcade.