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Russian Doctors Arrested For Taking Bribes From Army Recruits

PENZA, Russia -- A group of doctors and other employees at a Russian Military Commission in the western city of Penza were arrested today for allegedly taking bribes from draft dodgers, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Andrei Chapanov, the chief of the Aggravated Crimes Department in Penza, told journalists that men seeking to avoid military service paid between 100,000 and 150,000 rubles ($3,200-$4,900) to members of the commission for official documents that showed they have health problems that prevent them from serving in the army.

Chapanov said 23 recruits managed to buy such documents from the group.

No data was provided on the identities or the number of people arrested.