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Subject: NewsRUSSIA: RUSSIAN MAFIA KILLS CHILDREN FOR TRANSPLANTS.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Nov 22 1999 - 10:28:19 EST


11-14-99 RUSSIA: RUSSIAN MAFIA KILLS CHILDREN FOR TRANSPLANTS.
By Allan Hall in Berlin.
RUSSIA'S feared mafia gangs have moved into a depraved yet lucrative new
trade - killing street children for their internal organs which are sold on
to black market clinics in the West at exorbitant prices.
Germany's secret intelligence service, the Bundesnachtrichdienst (BND), has
compiled a report for the government chronicling the activities of the
'Organisatzya' in a burgeoning market in the old Soviet Union. Homeless
children, it says, are being killed for their livers, kidneys and bone
marrow.
In Pullach near Munich, the home of the BND, a report was prepared recently
for Chancellor Gerhard Schr/der concerning corpses of street children found
in the last several years in St Petersburg and Moscow. Part of it reads:
"The children, homeless, vagrant, have been found murdered, their internal
organs removed."
Germany has taken a keen interest in the activities of the so-called 'organ
mafia' because of Russian mob activity in the country. Much of the Moscow
underworld money is laundered in Germany and now the stolen organs from the
murdered children are being sold to westerners, some of them inside
Germany.
Focus Magazine quotes the report in Munich saying: "Nobody in Russia really
cares about these missing children whose organs are worth thousands of
dollars a time. Only when their corpses are found do the police even bother
to make a report out about it."
The internal organ trade is a massive worldwide industry. But the
systematic abduction and murder of street urchins adds a new and chilling
dimension to the activities of a criminal fraternity bound by no moral or
criminal code. Kazakhstan and Ukraine were named in the German secret
service report as being two other prime areas where street children are
kidnapped and killed for their organs.
Organs are transported either to illegal Russian clinics or to private
practices in the west where people are willing to pay thousands - sometimes
tens of thousands - of pounds for no-questions-asked transplants.
The black market clinics bypass the Central European Transplant list in
Holland and tracing is difficult when police in Russia have such a
lacklustre approach to the crime itself. And the BND is convinced that
legitimate clinics also implant the criminally obtained organs because the
accompanying false paperwork is so good.
The BND report goes on: "The false paperwork about the organ donor and how
the organ was obtained is often good enough to fool any legitimate clinic."
Thieves in Law - the single most violent band of desperadoes that exists in
Russia - is said to be behind the sinister new trade. On their bodies the
Vory u Zakones - 'made men' who earn the title through murder - carry
tattoos detailing their preferred methods of execution. There are
blood-dripping knives, smoking guns, and even garrottes.
Moscow gangbusters say the boys from Moscow and Odessa are harder, hungrier
and more murderous than anything the American mafia ever produced.
One Interpol agent said: "Before the fall of communism wise-guys often
specialised in one single crime enterprise. These hoods are generalists.
Whatever's going, they want a slice of the action. They are into
everything. And that includes killing innocent children. To them the street
kids are just dollar signs."
Two years ago a wire-tap on a mafia drinking den in New York, planted by
FBI agents posing as plumbers, highlighted the sheer brutality of the
Russian mobsters and the lengths to which they would go to get rich by any
means whatsoever.
Dominick Montiglio, a mob turncoat who entered the Witness Protection
Programme after the wire-tap was to be used in evidence against him, was
recorded as saying: "These fers are into some real bad st. I hear they're
killing kids and hawking their bodies like fing Frankensteins.
"These Russkies, you gotta hand it to 'em. Ain't nothin' they won't do, but
they got honour. They got the values of years ago. Hard, lean, mean and
quiet. That's why they've gone so far."
Earlier this year Germany announced a multi-million pound initiative with
Russia to combat the influence of the Russian mafia in western Europe. Now
their focus will expand from cars, computer fraud, drugs and money
laundering to tackle the systematic execution of street children murdered
for their organs.
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 14/11/1999 P21


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