Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow police, working with British and American colleagues, arrested two suspects accused of selling child pornography over the Internet in Europe and the United States, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

The spokeswoman said one of the suspects was arrested Wednesday evening in a Moscow apartment, while the other was nabbed simultaneously in a military hospital in St. Petersburg. Both were unemployed men, ages 30 and 28.

She said police from the United States and Britain had played a role in the arrests but did not elaborate.

Police seized 588 video cassettes, 112 video discs and more than 1,000 photographs of pornography, some of it involving children. The suspects were accused of selling the material over the Internet and through the mail.

The arrests follow a joint crackdown by Italian and Russian authorities against child pornography last fall. An Italian prosecutor charged 1,491 people with sending or receiving child pornography from a web site in October.

A month earlier, Italian police swooped down on 600 homes, arresting eight people on charges of possessing or trading in child pornography, all of it from Russia.

Italian police said the Russian ring had kidnapped children from orphanages and filmed them being forced to have sex.

The cases rocked Italy, drawing a massive public outcry. Officials at Italy’s state broadcaster were forced to resign after excerpts from videos were shown on the evening news.

Russian police later said they had captured three members of that ring and retrieved lists of their clients in the United States, Britain, Germany and Italy, which they passed on through Interpol.