Support The Moscow Times!

Police Free Chinese Woman After Ransom Demand

Moscow police said Friday that they had freed a kidnapped Chinese woman and detained two of her suspected abductors, who were seeking over $150,000 in ransom money for her safe return.

Law enforcement officers were alerted to the 5 million ruble ($158,000) ransom demand by the woman's husband, also from China, who works at one of the city's clothes markets and informed police on Wednesday, Interfax reported.

Early Thursday morning, police detained two male suspects on Butyrskaya Ulitsa. They are still searching for a third suspect.

According to police, the three men, who are all believed to be from Central Asia, broke into the Chinese couple's home on Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya Ulitsa on Monday, threatening them with a gun.

The suspects then made off with three laptops, three mobile phones, a set of hair clippers, 20,000 rubles in cash and the Chinese woman, police said.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more