Two ex-cops, pilot jailed for kidnapping Russian businessman

Two former Russian police officers and an Afghan war veteran have been sentenced to seven to eight years for kidnapping a businessman and holding him at ransom, investigators said on Wednesday.

The three men abducted a 32-year old businessman, whose name was not disclosed, last September in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg and demanded 7.5 million rubles ($270,000) for his release.

The businessman was subsequently freed in a special police operation.

The court also ordered each convict to pay the businessman 100,000 rubles ($3,600) in moral damages.



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