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Man seizing bank in Belgorod detained

April 21, 2014, 14:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The man will get back his 23 million rubles from his bank account, regional police chief confirmed

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MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The man who earlier on Monday seized a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny in Belgorod, a city located 700 kilometers south of Moscow, has been detained, according to the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry.

The man will get back his 23 million rubles (about $639,000) from his bank account, head of regional police headquarters Viktor Pesterev has told ITAR-TASS.

The man has been detained, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry reports.

Pesterev, who conducted negotiations with the man, explained that he had tried to withdraw his money on Sunday, but could not do so because of bank staffers’ sluggishness, while on Monday the bank’s license was revoked.

Pesterev said all his demands would be met, adding that there had been no hostage-taking at the bank [where there had been only three staffers], and the man voluntarily surrendered his gun.

An investigation brigade is working at the site of the incident.


Man takes hostages

Earlier on Monday it was reported that a man took several people hostage at a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny, which license was revoked on Monday, in the city of Belgorod, central Russia.

The offender demanded 25 million rubles (about $694,400), local police reported.

The man reportedly wanted his money back after learning that the bank’s license had been revoked. Earlier, local police confirmed the report about hostage-taking, saying that there were three people inside the banking office at the moment.

The building and adjacent territory was blocked by police, and a crisis center had been set up. Head of the regional police headquarters left for the scene.

On April 21, the Bank of Russia revoked the license for banking operations from Bank Zapadny.

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