The operation for ransoming LUKoil Senior Vice President Sergey Kukuracould take place today, RTR television reported, referring to a policesource. Yesterday, an unidentified person called the LUKoil telephone hotline and demanded a ransom of $6m for the abducted LUKoil official. Later,LUKoil security officers followed instructions from the kidnappers andfound a packet with a videotape and Polaroid photographs of Kukura datedSeptember 14 at the Pykhtinskoye cemetery. In the video record, Mr. Kukurarepeated the demands of his kidnappers.The LUKoil press service refused to comment on information about theoperation of ransoming the abducted official, scheduled for today. Thesource explained the refusal by unwillingness to hamper the investigation.A representative of the Russian oil giant was surprised that so muchinformation about the course of the investigation was leaking from thepolice to the press..
Moscow is trying to stop Balkan countries from entering NATO. Greece eventually took measures against Russia, even though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had earlier said that Russia was Greece's strategic partner
The Ukrainian government refuses to abode by its obligations, rejects a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and disregards its own people, the president said