Cryonics in Russia


KrioRus (http://www.kriorus.ru), a new Russian company
  1. provides assistance with local cryonic suspension,
  2. can arrange transportation for long-term storage to either Alcor or CI
  3. and offers affordable permanent storage (neuro only) in Russia (around 9000$).

Here is brief information about KrioRus' recent successes with cryonics in  Russia. Danila Medvedev is the Director General there. Igor Aryukhov is chief scientist.

An article in Long life in English.


Danila Medvedev is next to the Dewar with two brains stored:

Best Russian articles (in Russian):
http://spb.kp.ru/2006/05/16/doc115693/
http://www.utro.ru/articles/2006/05/15/547584.shtml

  1. They have had brains of two patients stored in dry ice since 2003 and 2005.
  2. KrioRus has been registered as the first Russian cryonics company (www.kriorus.ru).
  3. In April the brains of the two patients were put into liquid nitrogen in a 250 litre Dewar near Moscow.
  4. These events are being covered in Russian media.
  5. The price of neurosuspension is 9000 USD (travel outside Moscow and unusual expenses are extra), incl. permanent storage.
  6. As they get more patients, the price is expected to go way down.
  7. They are willing and able to some extent to work with clients in European  Union and CIS (no unrealistic promises, just that we are willing to try).
  8. They can also arrange cryosuspension and transportation to the USA (at normal CI/Alcor prices plus our expenses).
  9. They are happy to share their experience.
For the media:
Danila Medvedev can easily arrange filming/photoshoots at their premises (cryostorage facility in the Moscow Region). He can easily arrange an interview with Daniil Fedorenko (grandson of their first patient, Lidia Fedorenko) and his mother.

He can be contacted directly at +7 905 768-04-57 or kriorus@mail.ru.
Other phones +7 495 489-52-60, + 7 495 585-36-80 +7-921-343-91-73 (SPb)

KrioRus - Cryonics in Russia. http://www.kriorus.ru
kriorus@mail.ru 
Russian language audio files of the 1 hour May 13, 2006 broadcast with Igor Artyuhov on cryonics is now available from "Russian News Service" (http://www.rusradio2.ru). They are:
Correct urls for May 13 broadcast on cryonics from "Russian News Service" are:
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/13-05pm01.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/13-05pm02.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/13-05pm03.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/13-05pm04.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/13-05pm05.mp3
 
Audio files of his previous (March 13) broadcast are also available:
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/14-03pog01.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/14-03pog02.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/14-03pog03.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/14-03pog04.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/14-03pog05.mp3
    * http://www.rusradio2.ru/upload/contents/427/14-03pog06.mp3
 
Both programs have the form of a serious conversation between Igor Artyuhov and a most well-intended interviewer.

Before the KrioRus announcement, and to help clarify the ease or difficulty of CI providing services in Russia, Robert Ettinger asked Dr. Mikhail Soloviev some questions. These are are indicated below, together with his replies.

Dr. Soloviev has been interested in cryonics for many years, and has tried to stir up interest in Russia, with some success in the media but not much in raising money or activity. He has noted that many things are cheap in Russia, including labor, land, buildings, and liquid nitrogen.

The upshot appears to be that we would have a good chance to provide respectable cryonics services in Russia, at no greater cost than elsewhere, but probably with somethat more effort assigned to individual cases.

  1. Does any law prevent prompt cooling after death and shipping to the U.S.?

    My research of legal situtation there (including talks with medical officers such as a director of large hospital and an emergency care physician) show that laws there are rather favorable for prompt cooling -- e.g. you may reject autopsy at your will. I didn't analyze situation with shipping as I thought about cryonics with storage in Russia.

    But it is necessary to understand that it is a Russian tradition not to take laws seriously. In case of cryonics it means that much (if not all) will depends on cooperation of local authorities (in general case you will have to pay additional money to enable promt cooling).

  2. Do Russian morticians do embalming?

    Yes they do. I talked with some of them. Moreover if somebody has some basic medical education he may pretend to receive an embalming licence.