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Protest expressed to US minister counselor over reported abuse of adopted children

September 19, 2013, 17:39 UTC+3
This was made in connection with new facts of rude violation of the rights of Russian children adopted by American nationals, released by Reuters news agency
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Ladislav Karpov

Photo ITAR-TASS/Ladislav Karpov

MOSCOW, September 19 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the minister counselor of the US Embassy to Russia on Wednesday to protest against the reported facts of abuse of children adopted by American nationals.

“On September 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov made a diplomatic representation to the minister counselor of the US Embassy to Russia in connection with new facts of a rude violation of the rights of Russian children adopted by American nationals, released by Reuters news agency,” the ministry said.

September 18, President Putin’s ombudsman for the rights of children Pavel Astakhov told a news conference that Russia’s Investigative Committee is doing a pre-investigation checking of the data on the illegal swaps and transfers of Russian orphaned children by adoptive families in the US.

“A recent investigation done by American reporters exposed entire communities of adoptive parents who not engage in the upbringing of their adopted kids and offer them for re-adoption,” Astakhov said. “This issue is being considered at present by the Investigative Committee and Alexander Bastrykin (Head of the Investigative Committee) and I discussed the situation yesterday.”

Astakhov said the Investigative Committee might institute a criminal case if it was proved that criminal offenses against children had been committed, for instance, the offenses against the sexual immunity of Russian children or physical violence towards them.

He said nothing is known today about a thousand of Russian children adopted by the Americans. They simply vanished out of sight of Russian state agencies that supervise the adoption procedures.

Journalists working for Reuters did an inquiry into the activity of a clandestine network involved in the exchanges of adopted children in the US. They established the presence of several Internet forums where announcements about overburdening children and requests for re-adoptions were placed.

These children mostly came from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, African countries, and China and most of them were in the age of six to fourteen years old.

The news agency published the results of investigation at its official website.

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