Russian police have successfully resolved a high profile kidnapping case involving the son of Yevgeny Kaspersky, founder of the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Labs.
Ivan Kaspersky, aged 20, was kidnapped last Tuesday on his way way to work; like his father he is a computer programmer in Moscow.
According to a BBC report, the kidnappers had asked for3 million euros for Ivan’s release before being lured into a trap set by the Russian police. Undercover Russian police officers acted as middlemen responsible for delivering the ransom.
Five people were arrested during the rescue operation, one of whom is a former convict and believed to be the leader of the group.
Russian police disclosed details of the case to the media on Sunday after Ivan was rescued. Earlier the police had refrained from issuing any official confirmations about the proceedings despite the repeated assurances from the FSB that it was collaborating with other agencies to get Ivan back safe and sound.
Earlier, the local media had flooded the news with images of Yevgeny Kaspersky agreeing to the kidnappers' demands. After Ivan was freed, a police spokesperson said that no ransom had been handed over to the group during the rescue.