Tambov Mayor Faces Abduction Trial

Investigators have wrapped up the case against former Tambov Mayor Maxim Kosenkov, who was arrested on kidnapping charges while in Moscow to attend the annual United Russia party congress, Interfax reported Thursday.

Kosenkov, 32, along with two suspected accomplices, is accused of abducting an acquaintance, 20-year-old Vitaly Baby, on March 25 on Ulitsa Borisovskiye Prudy, in southwestern Moscow. Prosecutors say the suspects drove Baby to Tambov, where he was purportedly held captive at Kosenkov's home.

The following month, Kosenkov arrived in Moscow to attend the April 14-15 party congress of United Russia, at which then-President Vladimir Putin was formally elected party chairman.

Police arrested Kosenkov and his driver on April 17 near the Tsvetnoi Bulvar metro station in central Moscow, and he was formally charged with kidnapping a week later.

The indictment has been sent to Moscow's Nagatinsky District Court, a City Prosecutor's Office official said Thursday, Interfax reported.

If convicted, Kosenkov faces up to 15 years in prison.