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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sweden to Pay Family of FSB Agent




STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden will give 500,000 kronor ($66,000) to the family of a Russian anti-terrorist commander who died Saturday as a hostage at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.


Federal Security Service Colonel Anatoly Savelyov, 51, had voluntarily replaced Swedish Embassy commercial attach? Jan-Olof Nystroem as the hostage Friday evening after leading negotiations with the 35-year-old gunman, who was armed with a pistol and a grenade.


Savelyov died when elite anti-terrorist Alpha troops opened fire on the car where he was being held captive.


According to the Federal Security Service, Savelyov, who was being treated for a heart condition, died of a heart attack and not by gunfire, although he was injured by a bullet in the leg.


The gunman, armed with a pistol and a grenade, was also killed during the gunfire.


His family was informed of the financial compensation Monday evening, and Swedish Foreign Minister Lena Hjelm-Wallen sent a letter to her Russian counterpart, Yevgeny Primakov, on Tuesday.


The compensation is equivalent to the amount that would be received by the family of a Swedish diplomat.


The move is an attempt by the Swedish authorities to demonstrate the government's appreciation and respect for Savelyov for taking Nystroem's place and thereby saving his life, Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Odlander said.


It was the first time Sweden had paid out such compensation to foreigners, Odlander said, adding, "This is a special situation."


Nystroem was held by the gunman for four hours in his car outside the embassy. The Swedish ambassador to Moscow, Sven Hirdman, has said he refused to allow Russian special troops to storm the vehicle as long as the Swede remained in the car.


Once the hostage-taker, who had demanded $3 million in ransom and safe passage out of Russia, agreed to let Savelyov take Nystroem's place, the troops moved in.


Savelyov was buried Tuesday.