Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/RUSSIA: Russian grandmother 'wanted to sell child for organs'
From: Jyothi Kanics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Nov 18 2000 - 11:25:37 EST
Russian grandmother 'wanted to sell child for
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
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
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
"But there is an illegal market for organs, especially
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
not only sold her grandson, she
her own son about the price,
But she told police she was not
her grandson but that she only
have him adopted.
"We were supposed to meet a man
discuss adoption. I
didn't get any
money," she said.
If convicted, she may be
three to ten years, the penalty in Russia's criminal
code for selling children's
Andrei is back at the orphanage, where attendants
say, he misses his
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
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