Good news, Internet. Russian police pulled off what sounds like a legitimate Hollywood kidnapping rescue and rescued the kidnapped son of Kaspersky Lab’s co-founder, Yevegny Kaspersky. The short story is the 20-year was returned safely, but the long story is much more interesting.
The kidnappers, Nikolai Savelyev, age 61, and his wife, one grown son and two adult friends, asked for $4.3 million Euros in exchange for the boy. That amount is thought to be needed to pay off a bank loan owed by the kidnappers. Eventually the police drew out four of the kidnappers by claiming to have a down payment on the $4.3 million. Instead, they detained the four during a routine auto document checkpoint. While that went down, police raided the home and found Ivan Kaspersky stashed near the house in a “banya,” a Russian steam bath. Police even leaked the wrong info to the media along the way as part of the operation.