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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Are foreigners allowed to donate blood or plasma in Russia?

Under Russian law, both Russians and foreigners can donate blood or plasma. The only requirement is that you be at least 18 years of age.

You can donate 420 to 450 milliliters of blood no more than once every two months. Plasma can be donated twice per month, and 600 milliliters of it is taken at a time. If you want to be recompensed for your donation, the amount varies from one hospital to another and ranges from 580 rubles to 1,000 rubles ($20 to $33).

There are about 15 city clinics in Moscow, such as Sklifosovsky Hospital and other major medical centers, that run their own blood donation stations. There is also a large blood transfusion station near metro Begovaya. All these facilities belong to the city health department. In practice, foreigners might find clinics reluctant to accept them as donors, in which case you should try talking to the clinic's chief doctor before you walk away.

The one place that will readily accept you is the Blood Center of the Russian Health Ministry at 6/2 Shchukinskaya Ulitsa (tel. 190-7555, or visit transfusion.ru). All you need is a passport with a valid visa and registration. It is essential to be able to produce the latter as the clinic has to have this information to make it possible to track down donors who have donated infected blood. The center's web site has a page in English.
-- By Dmitry Mironenko

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