- A 7-year-old Russian boy kidnapped for 52 days by a suspected paedophile has been rescued after a US Interpol officer came across a dark web user with a possible link to the abduction.
- The child had been missing since 28 September after failing to return from school.
- Dmitry Kopylov, 26, a suspected paedophile and resident of Makarikha, Vladimir, was arrested and identified by the Daily Mail.
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A 7-year-old Russian boy kidnapped for 52 days by a paedophile suspect has been rescued by Russian special forces after a US Interpol officer came across a dark web user with a possible link to the abduction.
The child had been missing since 28 September after failing to return from school.
He had disappeared somewhere between the bus stop and his home in the village of Gorki in the Vladimir region, according to Interpol.
Russian police were informed that Savely was with his abductor around 22 kilometres from his home, the Daily Mail reported.
Interpol’s Crimes against Children unit passed their data onto their Russian colleagues and the Russian special forces were then able to track down the suspect, an Interpol press release added.
Dmitry Kopylov, 26, a resident of Makarikha, Vladimir, was arrested and identified by the Daily Mail.
A video released by Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs showed the Russian special forces storm into his house and rescuing the boy from his captivity.
Interpol’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock said: “Today, a young boy is back where he belongs – with his family – thanks to dedicated specialist officers and swift action by authorities around the world.”
Psychologists have been brought in to help the child and his family recover from the traumatic experience, the BBC reported.
His father told REN TV: “We always believed that we would find him. He was very happy to see his mother. He hugged and kissed her.
“We are overwhelmed with feeling. It is an explosion of emotion and relief that the ordeal is over. Finally, he is found.”
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