Sorry to but in on your thread, t1g100no, but I've got the same problem. (Except that it's a bit more complicated...)
My husband has started a logistics business in Moscow, and has parted company with the person who registered the domain name (abilena.com).
I would really like to transfer the name, but I'm assuming that only the registrant is able to do this.
I found the details on WHOIS, but it's a Greek hosting company! Their site is all in foreign! I've written, but not received a reply.
Unless someone knows otherwise, I think the only option I have is to re-register using a UK domain name.