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Hopes for Russia's transplant service rise as doctors are cleared of murder

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:559
  1. Andrew Osborn
  1. Moscow

Russia's embattled organ transplant service received a boost last week when four Moscow doctors were cleared of high profile murder charges related to transplant organs.

The case of the “killer doctors,” who were accused of plotting to murder a patient for his kidneys, has caused huge damage to the country's organ transplant service and has led to the pool of willing organ donors drying up.

Prosecutors had demanded up to nine years in jail for each of the four accused doctors, but a Moscow court said there was not enough …

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