News/RUSSIA: OFFICIALS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA ON CHILD-SALE CHARGES.

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Subject: News/RUSSIA: OFFICIALS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA ON CHILD-SALE CHARGES.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 19:24:02 EDT


3-31-00 RUSSIA: OFFICIALS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA ON CHILD-SALE CHARGES.
By Sergei Polkovnikov.
A group of high-ranking officials has been arrested in the central European
city of Ryazan on suspicion of selling children abroad, head of the local
anti-mafia police department Alexander Makarov told Itar-Tass on Friday.
Makarov said the department had received a tip-off that a group of people
was selling children to the U.S., Italy, Sweden, Germany, Japan and other
countries.
Policemen found that 77 children were taken abroad from a local orphanage
in 1999, and established that the orphanage director, an inspection of the
regional education department and a middleman from Moscow were doing the
business.
ala/gor.

(c) ITAR-TASS 2000.
ITAR-TASS WORLD SERVICE 31/03/2000


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