Grandmother arrested for trying to sell grandson for organs

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A Russian grandmother who tried to sell her grandson so his organs could be used for transplants has been arrested in the city of Ryazan, police said Saturday.

A Russian grandmother who tried to sell her grandson so his organs could be used for transplants has been arrested in the city of Ryazan, police said Saturday.

The unidentified woman was taken into custody on Tuesday after police in Ryazan, 125 miles southeast of Moscow, were tipped that she was trying to sell her grandson to an unidentified man who was going to take the boy to the West, where his organs would be removed and sold, the police duty officer said.

Last week, investigators in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk launched a criminal case against a forensic expert for allegedly stealing glands from corpses and selling them.

Body parts have been smuggled out of Russia in the past for sale in the West as organ replacements.

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