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Ukrainian Doctors Detained Over Illegal Organ Transplants

KYIV -- Three doctors in Kyiv have been arrested in connection with illegal organ transplants and human trafficking, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry press service told journalists today the three had been arrested for possible involvement in human trafficking during the 1990s.

The ministry said the three doctors were part of a transnational illegal group that sent Ukrainians to one of the southern former Soviet republics, where their organs were extracted and transplanted into wealthy patients.

Investigators revealed that the recipients of the organs paid up to $200,000 for a healthy kidney.

The number of registered victims is about 30. They are from Ukraine, Moldova, and Uzbekistan.