LUKoil announced a RUR30m (about $948,122) reward for information, whichcould contribute to the save return of Sergey Kukura, the senior vicepresident of the company kidnapped yesterday. This information was releasedin a statement of LUKoil president Vagit Alekperov distributed today. "I amaddressing the Russian business community with a request to help us tosearch for our friend and colleague. Helping each other and the state tocreate secure conditions for the development of business is our commoninterest", Alekperov stated.The LUKoil president also reported that they had taken additional measuresfor the security of top managers and production facilities of the companyin connection with Kukura's kidnapping..
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