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Party Ends With A Bang As Hostage Is Freed

It was a party that went with a swing and ended with a bang as police were called to rescue hostages and save the life of a terrified young woman. The drama of the big night out happened in the port town of Magadan in eastern Russia's remote Kolyma region with police describing what happened as "a private party that went bad". According to police, intoxicated guest Anatoly Ignatieff, 37, suddenly took a knife to the hostess Catherine Samsonova, 23, and announced that nobody would be leaving the bash until he was given a quantity of cash and drugs. Recently released from jail on drugs offences, Ignatieff held the guests at bay while holding a knife to the throat of the woman. David Volkov, 27, a guest at the party held in a private apartment, said: "It was terrifying. One minute we are dancing to gentle swing music, the next we have a madman in our midst. He had a look in his eyes that wasn't human. Catherine was terrified. "She was whimpering and crying and he just said: 'Shut it, or I will kill you.' There were a lot of guys at this party but no-one wanted to make a move because he was so pumped up he would have killed her in a heartbeat." Unbeknown to Ignatieff, a female guest managed to send an SMS to a friend outside who in turn contacted police. A special squad trained in firearms and hostage negotiation was sent and they came along with a bag of Russian cash to appease the knife wielding man - 50,000 rubles (843 GBP) in all. "He still wasn't satisfied," added Volkov. "He shouted to the cops outside that he wasn't giving up his hostage." The police were left with no option but to storm the place. Officers clambered into another room of the flat through a window and burst into the room where he was holding her hostage with guns blazing. Ignatieff was shot in the hand and immediately arrested. The woman was unharmed. According to police he was released from a psychiatric hospital one year ago, after spending several years on a court order, and was still supposedly being monitored for his actions.

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