Dumped human embryos came from medical academy in Russia

August 3rd, 2012 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Four barrels with over 250 human embryos found dumped in a forest in Russia’s western Urals region belonged to the Urals State Medical Academy, police said Friday.

Police said it was yet unclear who was responsible for the dumping, but their actions will “constitute an administrative offence of violating medical waste disposal rules”.

Police and prosecutors have decided not to launch a criminal case into the incident.

The head of the academy was ordered to establish those guilty for the illegal dumping and “subject them to strict disciplinary action”.

Several barrels containing a total of 248 mummified human foetuses, aged 22-26 weeks, were found by residents in a remote forest in the Urals July 22. On Friday, three more embryos were found by journalists who came to the site to attend a prayer session by Orthodox priests and anti-abortion activists, bringing the total number to 251.

The foetuses were labelled with what police believe were registration numbers of the mothers and the hospital units, prompting rumours that they could have belonged to a medical facility that practised illegal abortions or to an organisation that conducted illegal medical research.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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