The Russian Interior Ministry is commenting on the reports of a number ofmass media about the requirements of the kidnappers of Sergey Kukura,Senior Vice President of LUKoil, Deputy Interior Minister of RussiaVladimir Vasilyev told reporters. The official was quoted as saying head ofthe Department of Struggling Against Organized Crime Alexander Ovchinnikovwill make a corresponding statement soon. "The information should bediscussed with investigators. For the time being, it is being checked out.As soon we have any data, we will release it", Vasilyev stressed. TheDeputy Interior Minister also pointed out the criminal case of Kukura'skidnapping was controlled by the Russian Interior Ministry as well as byRussian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov..
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969