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Russian Embassy seized in Costa Rica
Part of Russian Embassy seized in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Two people seized part of the Russian Embassy in Costa Rica on Friday, and four officials inside and police were trying to persuade them to leave, the Russian ambassador told local news media.
Officials originally reported an armed man had seized eight hostages, quickly releasing five. But Russian Ambassador Valery Nikolayenko told Channel 7 Telenoticias that he and three other officials had remained in the building to persuade two people who had entered the embassy in San Jose to leave peacefully.
"We are free to leave, but we are staying to see what happens," he said. "No official is in any danger."
Police did not immediately comment on the ambassador's account.
Security Minister Fernando Berrocal told Channel 6 news that a young, armed man had entered the building, taking eight hostages and releasing five.
Immigration spokeswoman Heidi Bonilla told The Associated Press the gunman was Roman Bogdanyans, a 20-year-old Kazakhstan native who arrived in Costa Rica in 2005. Police earlier had described him as an Uzbek.
A family friend, Artur Mitiniani, told Channel 7 that the family had lost $54,000 because of problems with a Russian citizen whom Bogdanyans met at the embassy.
Authorities said hostage negotiators were talking with the suspect, and police surrounded the four-story building, located near several other embassies.
In July 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, Orlando Jimenez, 54, was upset about a pending transfer.
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