Russia frees software tycoon's kidnapped son: official

24th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian police on Sunday freed the son of software tycoon Eugene Kaspersky after several days in captivity at the hands of kidnappers who reportedly demanded millions of euros in ransom.

Police officers, agents from the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the special OMON police squad freed Ivan Kaspersky, 20, in the Moscow region, Moscow police spokesman Viktor Birukov told Russian news agencies.

He said that five people had been detained on suspicion of organising the kidnapping.

"The condition of his (Ivan Kaspersky's) health is satisfactory," he added.

Eugene Kaspersky, 45, co-founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997, building on a decade of research into computer viruses. The company has emerged as one of the world's leading anti-virus software firms.

His fortune is valued at $800 million by Forbes magazine, making him the 125th richest man in Russia.

Reports said that the kidnappers had telephoned Eugene Kaspersky to make a ransom demand of three million euros ($4.4 million).

© 2011 AFP

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