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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Slavneft Exec's Mother Freed

TBILISI, Georgia -- The mother of a top Slavneft executive was freed from kidnappers in Georgia's separatist region of Abkhazia after spending more than a month in captivity, police said Monday.

Yelena Tkebuchava, the mother of a vice president at Slavneft, Russia's eighth-largest oil company, was kidnapped Nov. 11 from her home in Abkhazia.

She was freed Sunday night during a special police operation, said Almazbei Kchach, the Abkhaz interior minister. He said no ransom was paid.

Tkebuchava was uninjured and feeling well, Kchach said. Several suspects have been detained.

Over the weekend, Georgian police said they had arrested three men suspected of kidnapping the father of another Russian oil company executive, LUKoil vice president Vagit Sharifov. The body of Sadi Sharifov, 78, was found on a highway about 60 kilometers from Tbilisi on Thursday. Police said the suspects claimed Sharifov had died of heart failure within an hour of being abducted on Dec. 1.