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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/RUSSIA: Russian grandmother 'wanted to sell child for organs'
From: Jyothi Kanics (jyothi@odihr.osce.waw.pl)
Date: Sat Nov 18 2000 - 11:25:37 EST


http://www.cnn.com/2000/WORLD/europe/11/28/russia.children/

Russian grandmother 'wanted to sell child for
                   organs'

                   November 28, 2000
                   Web posted at: 1:14 PM EST (1814 GMT)

                   MOSCOW, Russia -- Police in a Russian
                   city have discovered a grandmother
                   allegedly trying to sell her five-year-old
                   grandson for his organs.

                   Five-year-old Andrei was allegedly sold
                   for $90,000 in an operation that stunned
                   police in Ryazan, an hour's drive south
                   of Moscow.

                   While illegal adoptions are nothing new in
                   Russia, police were alarmed that those suspected of
selling Andrei, who had been
                   living at an orphanage, were his own grandmother and
an uncle.

                   They were also shocked that he was bought for such a
high price because he
                   was sold for his organs -- kidneys, eyes, possibly the
heart or the lungs.

                   A police detective said: "Such a betrayal. We've
                   never had a crime like it. It was hard to believe,
                   listening to the conversations (on the surveillance
                   tape).

                   "But there is an illegal market for organs, especially
                   children's organs."

                   The uncle, a married butcher with two daughters, told
police during his
                   interrogation that he was pursuing a dream.

                   "I wanted to buy a house and a new car and some
clothes. It was my dream. I
                   wanted to leave him at the orphanage, but my mother
was insisting that we could
                   get $70,000 for organs."

                                               Police said Andrei's grandmother
Nina
                                               not only sold her grandson, she
lied to
                                               her own son about the price,
pocketing
                                               $20,000.

                                               But she told police she was not
selling
                                               her grandson but that she only
wanted to
                                               have him adopted.

                                               "We were supposed to meet a man
to
                                               discuss adoption. I
didn't get any
                                               money," she said.

                                               If convicted, she may be
imprisoned for
                   three to ten years, the penalty in Russia's criminal
code for selling children's
                   organs.

                   Andrei is back at the orphanage, where attendants
say, he misses his
                   grandmother.

                   CNN's Steve Harrigan in Moscow says Russian police
will not reveal who the
                   prospective buyers of the child were, or who the
buyers are in other cases.

                   He says police say only that the buyers in this and
other cases are generally
                   "westerners."
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