Igor has been a journalist for most of the past 25 years and penned 3 books, including one on the bandits of Kursk region. I asked him if the crime situation was improving. He felt it was getting worse because of the widening gap between rich and poor in the region, an issue that is Russia wide. When I asked him about the most interesting Kursk crime story he covered, he said it was the kidnapping of a businessman’s son. The kidnappers demand $2mln and ended up getting caught. One of the kidnappers told Igor after the sentencing that they were too greedy. Had they asked for a smaller sum, they might have gotten it.