In Moscow region a 54-year-old businessman has managed to escape from kidnappers, who kept him imprisoned for three months. After freeing himself from handcuffs and chain, the hostage seized a rifle belonging to his guards and injured them. Investigators arrested both alleged kidnappers while continuing the search for their accomplices. It is assumed that the gang consisted of ten people.
The businessman was kidnapped on January 27, 2012 near the village of Nicholo-Khovanskoye, Moscow Region. Strangers stopped Range Rover Sport when in the car was the businessman and his wife. Criminals dragged the man out of his car, transferred him to another vehicle and drove away. The kidnappers demanded ransom of 500 million rubles [about 17 million USD], but the money wasn’t paid to them.
The victim told investigators that the gang comprised about dozen members. “According to him, the criminals have changed three places. He doesn’t know where they kept him for the first time since during the transportation he was blindfolded” – said to Gazeta.ru the senior assistant of Investigation Department in Moscow region Irina Gumennaya. She said that the businessman was kept chained and handcuffed. ”During all this time he was allowed only three times to take a walk under supervision” – added Irina.
His last place of “imprisonment” was a private house in the village Mescherskoye of Moscow region. In the evening of April 25 he managed to free himself from handcuffs and chains, and then took possession of Kalashnikov assault rifle with ammunition. The hostage fired several shots at two kidnappers guarding him. Identity of the men wasn’t revealed but it was stated that both were natives of Dagestan.
One of them got the tangent injury of leg and another shot in his chest. Rest of the gang wasn’t in the house at that time. So, the prisoner managed to run away. Then he turned to the first available police officers. The same evening they went to the crime scene.
Two injured criminals (one 31 years old, the other 32) were arrested and taken to hospital. After the medical treatment they will be arrested.
During the search in the house, detectives found guns, grenades, ammunition, TNT explosives and blueprints for production of bombs. Other kidnappers haven’t been found yet. According to Gumennaya, health condition of the businessman is satisfactory.
Comments of Russian netizens
And this is what Russian netizens had to say about this story. Pay attention that most comments revolve around the ethnicity of the bandits.
wimpall: Of course, the bandits were from Dagestan. I wouldn’t have expected anything else.
chechen1980: That’s a real man! Especially considering his age. If everyone would do like that – maybe we would rise from knees.
erichkrause: They [bandits] were just confused students who need help. They are not evil. We should be more tolerant.
[Note: this sarcastic commenter hints that whenever the crimes are committed by ethnic minorities – there are always calls for more tolerance]
sashadoc: Of course, that was just an ordinary household conflict. One should not pay attention, we must treat Dags [ed: Dagestanis] better and as a compensation for moral damages give them apartments in Moscow.
yuoga12: Ordinary Dags have nothing to do with it. They are peaceful and friendly. Few of them left, actually – like us, Russians. Someone intentionally wants to cause strife.
melnik_sergey: I am so tired of them already. ENOUGH…
kostya_kot: I suggest to scold them at the Sharia court and let them free…
[Note: referring to a recent scandal in which the Chechen lawyer proposed to legalize Sharia courts in Russia]
bes_opasnosti: I don’t understand how one can admire this criminal. Firstly, the businessman stole the arms. That’s at least 2 years [of prison]. Then he caused bodily harm to two people. Given that he was Russian and his victims – Dagestani - we have the racial motive and the incitement of ethnic hatred. Add seven years more for that. And finally, lynching. Who gave him the right to release himself from the chain and run away? He had to sue the kidnappers or at least file a complaint with the police. So now – go and arrest the villain.
f_soul41: Surely Dagestanis are not guilty. And this businessman is a thief. I am sure that police will figure everything out …
troublemakerno1: If he wouldn’t escape – nobody would ever remember or care about him. I wonder how many more people are sitting in chains in the Moscow region?