Russian police free kidnapped son of Kaspersky Lab’s founder

Russian police rescued the kidnapped son of Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab, in an operation that led to the arrest of five suspects.

The case involved one of Russia’s few stand-out successes when it comes to technology. The kidnapping drew attention to the perils of crime in Russia — risks that admittedly exist in any country — at a time when the Russian government is trying to establish a high-tech industry in Russia. It reminds me of our story entitled, “Investing in Russia? Better hire bodyguards and hunker down.”

The raid freed Ivan Kaspersky, the 20-year-old son of Eugene, who founded one of the world’s largest antivirus software companies. Ivan Kaspersky was kidnapped Tuesday on his way to work at InfoWatch, a company owned by his mother, Natalya Kaspersky. The kidnappers had asked for $4.3 million in random money.

In a statement, the Moscow-based company said, “Kaspersky Lab confirms that an operation to free Ivan Kaspersky was carried out successfully by the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Criminal Investigation Department of the Moscow Police and Kaspersky Lab’s own security personnel. Ivan is alive and well and is currently located at a safe location. No ransom was paid during the rescue operation. Eugene Kaspersky and Natalya Kaspersky are currently unavailable for comment. “