Ex-Tambov Mayor Jailed in Kidnapping

A Moscow court on Monday convicted former Tambov Mayor Maxim Kosenkov of kidnapping a young Ukrainian man and sentenced him to 9 1/2 years in prison.

The Nagatinsky District Court found Kosenkov, 33, guilty of abducting an acquaintance, 20-year-old Vitaly Baby, on March 25 on Ulitsa Borisovskiye Prudy in southwestern Moscow, Interfax reported.

Prosecutors said Kosenkov and two accomplices drove Baby to Tambov, where he was purportedly held captive at the mayor's home.

Several weeks after the abduction, Kosenkov was arrested in Moscow after he arrived to attend the April 14-15 party congress of United Russia, at which then-President Vladimir Putin was formally elected party chairman.

Kosenkov's accomplices, Maxim Mironov and Vitaly Sychyov, were convicted and handed prison sentences of seven years and 10 years, respectively, Interfax reported.