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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hostage Held at Russia's Embassy in Costa Rica

APCosta Rican police escorting employees from the Russian Embassy during the four-hour standoff Friday in San Jose.
An armed Russian took a fellow Russian hostage for four hours at the Russian Embassy in Costa Rica before surrendering to police Friday.

Roman Bogdanyants, 21, forced the other man, Andrei Yurenkov, into the embassy at gunpoint, police said.

A family friend, Artur Mitiniani, told Channel 7 television that the family had lost $54,000 because of problems with Yurenkov. RIA-Novosti said the money was all of the family's saving and had been invested in a pineapple business.

No embassy personnel were taken hostage. "It all ended without violence, without loss of life. All the embassy staff are just fine," said Ambassador Valery Nikolayenko, who stayed in a separate floor of the building, talking to police and the media as police cordoned off the embassy.


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Roman Bogdanyants
Police detained both Bogdanyants and Yurenkov. "Considering that these young people were Russians, we cannot hand them over to local authorities completely," Nikolayenko said, RIA-Novosti reported. "Our consular department will control the process and make sure that our compatriots' rights are observed."

Nikolayenko said he was considering increasing security at the embassy. The hostage-taker's mother was in the three-floor building throughout the incident trying to persuade him to give up.

In 2004, a Costa Rican security guard took several hostages at the Chilean Embassy where he worked in San Jose, eventually killing himself and three embassy employees. The guard was upset about a pending transfer. Reuters, MT, AP