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Fifty human embryos found in Sverdlovsk region belong to 3 hospitals

July 23, 2012, 21:22 UTC+3
Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuivashev has ordered the regional Health Ministry to investigate the incident
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

YEKATERINBURG, July 23 (Itar-Tass) — Police have established that 50 human embryos that were found in plastic casks in the forest in the Sverdlovsk region earlier on Monday belong to three medical establishments in Yekaterinburg.

“Preliminary conclusions have been made. The biological medical waste that has been found belongs at least to three medical establishments but not one hospital. There’s an impression that an organization responsible for medical waste disposal didn’t do its job properly and failed to meet all the requirements,” Vladimir Vlasov, the first deputy chairman of the regional government, told journalists on Monday.

He said that law enforcers were checking what organization could be in charge of medical waste disposal. Vlasov promised that all guilty persons would face administrative or criminal charges.

Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuivashev has ordered the regional Health Ministry to investigate the incident.

Police in the Sverdlovsk region have found four plastic casks with human embryos inside in a forest gill five kilometers away from the Yekaterinburg – Nizhny Tagil highway.

Valery Gorelykh, the press service chief of the main department of the Russian Interior Ministry for the Sverdlovsk region, told Itar-Tass on Monday that the casks contained 50 formaldehyde-treated human embryos with marked tags.

Police believe that ward numbers and the surnames of mothers could be indicated on the tags.

Mikhail Borodin, the head of the regional Interior Ministry department, has taken the investigation under personal control.

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