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Russian Arrested In Thailand, Accused Of Holding Family Hostage

A Russian man has been arrested in Thailand after allegedly holding his common-law wife and her year-old son hostage for several hours.

Police on the island of Chang said on January 5 that the incident had taken place that day at a local hotel.

They said Aleksei Firsov, a 42-year-old from Russia's Sverdlovsk region, held the child at knifepoint for several hours, demanding that he be provided with a car with tinted windows.

The Russian Embassy in Thailand confirmed the information, saying that an embassy official had helped free the boy and the woman, who entered the room during the incident.

The boy sustained scratches and minor cuts and his mother was in shock, authorities said. Both were provided with medical assistance but did not require hospitalization.

Based on reporting by TASS, and