Top Russian oil executive kidnapped

Friday, September 13, 2002

MOSCOW -- A top executive in Russia's biggest oil company was seized by masked gunmen on his way to work Thursday morning, the company's press service said.

Lukoil Chief Financial Officer Sergei Kukura, 48, was being driven to work by his driver and bodyguard when his car was stopped at a railroad crossing by the abductors who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, the press service said.

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