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MOSCOW, February 18 (Itar-Tass) – An adopted three-year-old Russian boy identified as Maxim Kuzmin has been killed by his foster mother in Texas, the Russian president’s ombudsman for the rights of children, Pavel Astakihov, said in his Twitter blog on Monday, February 18.

“The murder occurred in late January. Three-year-old Maxim was beaten up [according to the investigators] by his foster mother who had long been feeding him strong psychotropic substances. The buy died before the ambulance called in by the foster mother arrived. According to the post-mortem, the boy had numerous injuries,” Astakhov said.
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MOSCOW, February 18 (Itar-Tass) – The Russian Investigation Committee has started a probe into a new death of a Russian child in the United States.

“The Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigation Committee has begun a procedural inquest in connection with media reports about a new death of a three-year-old Russian boy in a foster American family in January 2013,” Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Monday, February 18.

“As part of the inquest, the investigators requested information and materials from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov. After these materials have been studied and the offence has been accurately classified, the decision will be made whether to open a criminal case,” Markin said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov said.
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Texas prosecutors have expressed readiness to assist Russian investigators in their probe into the death of three-year old Maxim Kuzmin. Earlier, Russia’s children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said that the boy died after being systematically beaten and allegedly fed with psychoactive drugs by his adoptive mother.

Maxim’s brother Kirill was adopted by the same family.

Russia investigating another adopted boy's death in US - spokesman

Russia's Investigative Committee said on Monday that it had begun to investigate the death in the United States of one more boy adopted from Russia and may open a criminal case after that, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told reporters on Monday.

Markin said the committee had asked the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian presidential commissioner for children's rights, Pavel Astakhov, for information on the boy's death.

Earlier on Monday, Astakhov said an adopted Russian boy had been killed in Texas.
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MOSCOW, February 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s parliament observed a minute of silence on Tuesday in honor of a three-year-old Russian boy who officials in Moscow say was killed by his US adoptive mother, although the investigation into his death is yet to be concluded.

“I would like to observe a minute of silence in memory of a small Russian boy, Maxim Kuzmin, who was brutally killed,” said Olga Batalina, deputy head of a State Duma committee on family, women and children’s welfare. “This tragedy concerns all of us.”

Batalina later said Russia would demand the return of the dead boy’s two-year-old brother.
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MOSCOW, February 20 (RIA Novosti) – A woman identified as the mother of a Russian child who officials in Moscow say was “brutally killed” by his adoptive US parent has appealed to President Vladimir Putin to bring her second son home.

Russia’s children's rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, tweeted on Monday that three-year-old Maxim Kuzmin had been murdered by his adoptive mother in the state of Texas, although he later admitted the investigation into the child’s death has not yet been completed.

He also said the boy had a two-year-old brother in the same family, who was in the care of social services as the authorities carried out their probe.
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WASHINGTON, February 20 (RIA Novosti) New details about the death of a young Russian boy who died last month in Texas indicate the boy and his younger brother may have been playing alone outside their home before the older boy, three-year-old Max Shatto, became unresponsive.
“We know the two kids were playing and the mother was outside, she went inside, and when she came back out again, he was unresponsive,” said Ector County, Texas Sheriff Mark Donaldson in an interview with RIA Novosti.


Donaldson’s office was notified at 4:49 p.m. CST (2249 GMT) on Jan. 21. By the time his deputies arrived, he said, the ambulance was transporting the boy to the Medical Center Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.


An investigator met with the mother at the hospital, Donaldson said, while deputies took photos and processed the scene at the home.
Alan and Laura Shatto adopted Max and his brother from Russia in November. The boy’s death has sparked outrage among many Russians.





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MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti) – The United States Department of Justice will inform Russia of the circumstances surrounding the controversial death of a three-year-old Russian adoptee, a spokesman for the Prosecutor General’s Office said on Thursday.

Prosecutor General’s Office officials have spoken with the Sheriff’s office in Ector County, Texas, where three-year-old Maxim Kuzmin died in late January of causes that have yet to be established, spokeswoman Marina Grindeva said.

“They are waiting for the results of the autopsy,” she added.

Russia’s children's rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, tweeted on Monday that Kuzmin had been murdered by his adoptive US mother, although he later admitted the investigation into the child’s death has not yet been completed.

He also said the child had been given powerful “psychotropic substances” and badly beaten before his death, which reportedly occurred on January 21.
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MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti) - The controversial death of a Russian adoptee in the United States will be one of the key themes for discussion when US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meet in Germany next week, a Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, also said Lavrov would broach the wider issue of the safety of Russian adoptees in the United States at their meeting in Berlin on February 26.

Russia’s children's rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, tweeted on Monday that three-year-old Maxim Kuzmin had been murdered by his adoptive US mother. He also said the child had been given powerful “psychotropic substances” and badly beaten before his death, which reportedly occurred on January 21.

The US authorities have not yet completed the investigation into the child’s death.
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MOSCOW, February 22 (Itar-Tass) - All the factions in the State Duma on Friday supported the appeal to the U.S. Congress, demanding to urgently take proper measures to ensure safety of adopted Russian children and prevent violations of their rights in the United States.

The lower house of the parliament will vote on the document after 17:00 Moscow time.

Duma members in the statement express deep concern over the cases, the number of which continues to rise, of violent death of Russian children adopted by American citizens and living in the United States.

Legislators remember the recent tragedy, one more, -- the death of three-year-old Maxim Kuzmin, who was adopted by Americans together with his younger brother Kirill.

Despite the fact that the Russian-American agreement on cooperation for adoption is not in force any longer, under Point Five of Article 17 of the document, the American party cannot be relieved of the duties to obey its provisions and the generally accepted principles and the international laws.

However, the U.S. Department of State did not inform the Russian side in time about the death of Maxim Kuzmin. The Russian side got to know about the tragic incident from other sources. Besides, no measures were taken to immediately remove Kirill Kuzmin from the dangerous environment after the violent death of his elder brother, the legislators noted.

In this connection, they believe it is necessary to return Kirill to Russia to "save his life and heath". The State Duma intends to urge the United States to assist Russia to settle it to return him to Russia.
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Pskov prosecutors ask to overturn Kirill Kuzmin adoption ruling

MOSCOW, February 21 (Itar-Tass) - The Pskov region prosecutor's office has asked the court to overturn the ruling on the adoption of Kirill Kuzmin by a U.S. family, an official at the Prosecutor General's Office /PGO/ told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

"The Pskov region prosecutor's office filed a statement of claim with the regional court to U.S. citizens, the Shatto couple. It seeks to overturn the ruling on the adoption of Kirill Kuzmin from the Pechora orphanage by Texas residents Allan and Lora Shatto," the PGO said, adding that "according to the available information, Kirill's presence in a foster family can threaten his life and health."

The Pskov prosecutors asked to hand over Kirill to guardianship bodies for deciding on his adoption by a Russian family or returning him to his mother.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science drew a resolution to suspend the office of a foreign child adoption agency which arranged taking brothers Maxim and Kirill by a U.S. foster family.

"The resolution will be signed within the next two days," deputy director of the Ministry's department for state children protection policy Vladimir Kabanov told lawmakers at a meeting of the parliament committee for family, women and children, "the official reason behind the move is the delay in passing the information on the death of Maxim Kuzmin, 3, in a U.S. foster family."
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MOSCOW, February 23 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian toddler adopted in the United States whose brother died in Texas under unclear circumstances would not be sent back to Russia, Texan authorities said, CBS News reported.

The boy’s mother, Yulia Kuzmina, 23, asked on Thursday to have her surviving son Kirill back.

But a spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said that was out of the question.

“We’re a state agency in Texas that operates under laws under Texas state laws and we wouldn’t be involved in doing anything other than placing that child within Texas,” Patrick Crimmins was cited as saying on Friday.

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WASHINGTON, February 22 (By Maria Young for RIA Novosti) US adoption officials say America experiences more “troubled” adoptions from Russia than from any other country, including adoptions that lead to abuse, neglect and in a small but tragic number of cases - death.

“We do have more adoptions from Russia that are disrupted, or end poorly, where there are problems,” said Chuck Johnson, executive director of the National Council For Adoption (NCFA), a nonprofit adoption advocacy and research group, in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Johnson said NCFA began informally tracking troubled inter-country adoptions a few years ago, “so that we could learn what was going wrong and try to fix it.”

The findings mirror a 2007 study of fatalities of children in America who were adopted from other countries, conducted through the International Adoption Clinic (IAC) at the New England Medical Center.

“Parents who adopt internationally are generally recognized as an extremely devoted and committed group, who literally ‘go to the ends of the earth’ to form their families,” said the authors of the report.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said US Secretary of State John Kerry has promised him that he will personally take measures to ensure transparency in the area of adoptions of Russian children by US families, a Voice of Russia correspondent reports.

"We extensively discussed problems surrounding adopted Russian children. John Kerry acknowledged that this problem is not farfetched but is real and assured me that he will personally take all the necessary measures to ensure full transparency and accountability for us in this area in the U.S.," Lavrov told journalists following a meeting with Kerry in Berlin on Tuesday.

"I believe this is a very important statement. We will seek to make sure that these words are turned into practical deeds," Lavrov said.
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That's not within his power: adoption is a matter for the states, not the Federal gov't, and most states guarantee the anonymity of the adoptive parents and children, so as to preclude extortion attempts and what not. In other words, Kerry's talking out of his ass.

Just out of curiosity, are there any metrics for child abuse among biological or adoptive parents within the Russian Federation?
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