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The Fastest Way to Become Rich or a Story of Kidnapped Kaspersky's Son
April 26, 2011 15:04

Ivan Kaspersky, 20-year-old son of Russian software tycoon Yevgeny Kaspersky has been kidnapped on April, 19. Two days later Russian mass media reported that the teenager had been kidnapped by a group of people who asked his father for a 3 million euros ransom. The criminals got the boy on his way to work (the InfoWatch company, headed by his mother, Natalya Kaspersky) in an industrial area in north-west Moscow.

Eugene Kaspersky was in London when the news appeared, he flew home immediately from London on Wednesday for his son.

The Russian police have acted quickly. According to Softpedia, "the Russian secret service (FSB) together with the Moscow police immediately started looking for Ivan and it seems that on Thursday, two days after his kidnapping, they hit a break". The combined forces with Kaspersky Lab’s own security personnel, police, OMON special forces and intelligence officers managed to track down where Ivan was being held and to release the boy.

According to the TechWorld, the ringleader of the criminal gang has been named as being 61-year old Nikolai Savelyev, allegedly aided by his wife Lyudmila, son Nicholas and two of his son’s friends. All these people are going to be indicted in the kidnapping.

An idea of kidnapping a child of a wealthy businessman to get ransom for him and to overcome all financial problems, came to Nikolay Savelyev long ago. In the Soviet time he was serving a five-year term for a fraud and heard some stories from other prisoners about kidnapping when they had been obtaining ransom for children of rich people.

According to the investigators, the criminals were seeking for a victim in the rankings of the most rich people in Russia. Evgeny Kaspersky is the 125 in the ranking and his fortune is estimated at 800 million dollars. In addition, the criminals have been using the social networks to obtain all the necessary information about Kaspersky. The young man had helped a lot, as he had published almost all the information about himself on the popular social website. He had an opened access to his page where it is said that he studies on a fourth course of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics and works in the company InfoWatch, has a girlfriend Catherine Selina and he also had indicated his home address.

As a result, the criminals decided to kidnap the boy. They have been shadowing Ivan for several month and collecting additional information.

A ransom of 3 million euros was to cover all the debts of the family. The Savelyevs had to pay more than 10 million rubles to four commercial banks and eight individuals.

Nikolay also asked his friends Alexei Ustimchuk and Semen Gromov to help him. The plan of fast enrichment seemed to be attractive and they agreed.

Family's friends and neighbours still can't believe that they had committed a crime. "The Savelyevs are wonderful people, they live in a country house, they have a garden, they have dogs... And they are not interested in anything besides their garden and children, so why to commit a crime?" — say their neighbours.

Ivan's mother says the criminals were holding her son in a village in Sergievo-Posadsky region. He was sitting for five days in the bathroom. According to Ivan, the criminals didn't beat him and fed him regularly. Natalya Kaspersky added, that Ivan was going to live in another country for some time and this would be like a little vacation. "It's already 17 years we are in the business and we've never faced any crime", says Natalya.

Some foreign resources say the won't be surprised to see Eugene move locations, or at the very least employ some form of security for his children to stop this ever happening again.


Author: Ksenia Dzhalagonia

Tags: Kaspersky     

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