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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Kidnapped

MOSCOW -- A Ukrainian businessman was kidnapped Monday in a southern Russian town near the border with the breakaway republic of Chechnya, Itar-Tass said.

Alexander Rudenko was seized by from a house where he was staying in the town of Kasavyurt and driven off by unidentified captors, presumably for ransom, the news agency reported.

Kasavyurt is just a few kilometers from the border with Chechnya, where Russians and foreigners have been kidnapped by the hundreds in recent years. Chechen kidnappers often cross the border to seize victims in neighboring regions as well.