Kidnapped son of Russia oil executive freed

MOSCOW, June 18 (Reuters) - The kidnapped son of a senior executive at Russian state oil giant Rosneft was freed on Thursday, prosecutors said.

The 19-year-old son of Rosneft Vice President Mikhail Stavsky was kidnapped in April and local media said a 50 million euro ($69.31 million) ransom had been demanded.

“The son of a Rosneft vice president who was kidnapped in April near the building of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas was freed this morning,” a spokeswoman for the Moscow city’s prosecutor’s main investigation unit said.

The spokeswoman gave no details on whether a ransom had been paid in one of the highest profile Russian kidnappings in recent years.

Sergei Kukura, the chief financial officer of Russia’s No.2 oil firm LUKOIL, was kidnapped in 2002. He was released several days later, but the company and security services gave few details about the abductors and their motives. (Reporting by Ekaterina Sukhareva, writing by Conor Sweeney; Editing by Richard Williams)