Thursday, November 28, 2013

Russian Police Detain Kidnappers in $8M Ransom Case

Three suspected kidnappers who demanded an $8 million ransom for a man they had abducted in Moscow have been detained and their hostage released, police said on Wednesday. The 45-year-old hostage was unemployed, so the kidnappers demanded his relatives sell their business and apartments in Moscow to raise the hefty ransom, the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. The man was abducted in southeastern Moscow on November 19, a police spokesman told RIA Novosti. He was held in a village house west of Moscow before being released in a special operation on Tuesday. "Three members of an ethnic criminal group, who held him, were detained on suspicion of committing this crime,” a police spokesman said, adding the group was of Georgian origin.

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