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Almost 1,000 cases of abduction have been registered in Russia over the last 10 months
Almost 1,000 cases of abduction have been registered in Russia over the last 10 months, Yury Demidov, acting deputy head of the Russian Interior Ministry's department for combating organised crime and terrorism, said at Moscow's briefing on Thursday. "Over the 10 months of 2004 997 cases of kidnapping and 916 cases of illegal deprivation of freedom have been registered," Demidov said. The situation in this sphere remains rather complicated in spite of the fact that cases of abduction and illegal deprivation of freedom account for less than 0.1% of the total volume of crimes in Russia. The most vulnerable in this aspect are people of 20-30 years of age and their close relatives. Besides, sometimes criminals are aware of illegal incomes of their victims, Demidov remarked. There have been cases of collusion between victims and their kidnappers, but these account for only 3-5% of the total volume of abduction cases, the official pointed out. "In 2004 there have been less cases of kidnapping ending in murder, however 9 victims were killed," Demidov said regretfully. As a rule, this happens when relatives refrain from reporting to the police and pay ransoms. In this case criminals need their hostages no more and do away with them, the official specified. There have also been outrageous cases of foreigners' abduction in Russia. The Ministry of the Interior makes its best to resolve such cases. Demidov recalled that in May 2004 a Cypriote banker, Mikhalis Tukididis, was kidnapped in Krasnodar. Kidnappers demanded a ransom of $4 mln. "It took officers of Krasnodar's Main Interior Department 20 days to release him and arrest people involved in the crime," Demidov said. Joint measures by the FSB and the Ministry of the Interior resulted in the release a Slovak woman, Mariam Yevikova, who had been kidnapped in the North Caucasus in the summer of 2004. The criminals held her to a ransom of $1 mln. "Yevikovawas saved and she left for Slovakia on November 26 after the investigation was over," Demidov elaborated. The official stressed that the Ministry of the Interior does its best to resolve each case of abduction and save the victim.
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