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Medusa: Moscow clinic offered girls under 12 to do “female circumcision” for religious reasons

But after the publication, information about the operation disappeared from the clinic site.

Center “Best Clinic” near the metro station “Baumanskaya” in Moscow. Photo by Daniil Turovsky, Medusa

“Medusa” learned that one of the centers of the medical network “Best Clinic” in Moscow provided girls from 5 to 12 years old with the service of clitorectomy – the “female circumcision” operation. Screenshot to the editors of Medusa on November 18 sent an anonymous reader.

The operation was offered in the center near the Baumanskaya metro station. In the description of the operation it was stated that there was no medical evidence for it, “the intervention is carried out for religious or ritual reasons”. Doctors classify such methods as crippling, painful and traumatic.

Description of clitorectomy on the website of “Best Clinic”. Screenshot “Jellyfish”

According to Medusa, on November 19, the description of the clitorectomy on the site has changed. The phrase “circumcision of the clitoris is performed on girls before the onset of puberty, usually between the ages of 5 and 12 years old,” was removed from it. In addition, the words “child” and “girl” were replaced by the word “patient”, including the phrase “the girl does not feel the lower half of the body, but is conscious, can talk.”

In a chat on the website of the Meduze clinic they confirmed that “female circumcision” was carried out, the full cost of the service with anesthesia and analyzes would cost the patient 70 thousand rubles. Deputy Director General of Best Clinic Lubov Aksyonova also confirmed to the publication’s correspondent that the clinic is undergoing a clitorectomy. “Demand gave birth to this offer” for people of a “particular creed,” the woman said.

Aksyonova did not answer whether such operations had already been performed in the clinic. She also called a mistake the first version of the description of the operation, in which it was said about girls 5-12 years old.

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Lyubov Aksenova
Deputy General Director of “Best Clinic”

After the Medusa correspondent came to the clinic and talked with Aksyonova, information about the operation disappeared from the site. Instead, customers are offered “intimate plastic” and “intimate plastic of the clitoris.”


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