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    Russia May Offer Medical Treatment to Ex-Bosnian-Serb General Mladic

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    Russian doctors from Moscow Bakoulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery may offer treatment to ex-Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladic.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian doctors may offer treatment to ex-Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladic, representatives for the Russian public committee for the defense of Mladic said in a statement Tuesday.

    Mladic, who was the Chief of Staff of the Army of Republica Srpska in the Bosnian War of 1992-1995, is currently at the detention center for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

    According to the Committee head, Russian lawmaker Pavel Dorokhin, Russian doctors from Moscow Bakoulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery on July 21 examined Mladic in the Hague, upon the initiative of the Committee and under authorization of the Russian president.

    “Currently, the Russian doctors are working on the medical statement which will allow conclusions on the state of health of General Ratko Mladic. In case it is needed, Russian side is ready to offer Mladic treatment in Russia with the guarantee by the Russian government,” Dorokhin said.

    In the last years, Mladic had several strokes and a heart attack. His defense, unhappy with the actions by ICTY doctors, had been pressing for Mladic to be examined by the Bakoulev Center experts for two years.

    Mladic's trial opened on May 16, 2012. He has been charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, especially for his role in the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslims in 1995.


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