Ivan Kaspersky abduction inquiry over - Russian investigators

The investigation into the abduction of Ivan Kaspersky, the son of Russian security software developer Yevgeny Kaspersky, has been completed, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Investigators collected sufficient evidence, after which the criminal case was forwarded to the prosecutor, who will have to confirm the indictment and refer the case to court," he said.

Markin said that he was speaking about Nikolai Savelyev, his son Nikolai, as well as Sergei Gromov and Oleg Mayukov.

In March 2011, the Savelyevs, Gromov, Mayukov and Alexei Ustimchuk decided to kidnap Ivan Kaspersky and demand three million Euros in exchange for his release.

"The suspects have testified that they devised the plan after watching a TV program about the young man's father - the head of Kaspersky Laboratory Yevgeny Kaspersky, who they thought was a very wealthy man," Markin said.

"On April 19, 2011, the suspects abducted Ivan Kaspersky, put him in a car, blindfolded him, pulled his hat down over his eyes and drove him to a village in the Sergiyev Posad district of the Moscow region, where they held him until April 24, when he was released," Markin said.

Ivan's parents agreed to pay the ransom demanded by the abductors, he said.

"However, the parents went to law enforcement agencies on the day of their son's disappearance. The young man's whereabouts were established thanks to expertly planned investigative and search operations," he said.

Kaspersky was freed and Gromov was detained at the site. The Savelyevs and Ustimchuk were detained by police on their way to meet the young man's parents.

Some of the suspects have a previous criminal record, Markin said. Gromov was earlier sentenced for minor offences and Nikolai Savelyev Sr. was convicted of fraud in the 1970s.

Ustimchuk earlier served four years and six months in a high-security prison.

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