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Criminal case against american adopters who abused russian child opened in RF

January 31, 2013, 11:22 UTC+3

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the adopted Maxim was subjected to violence in the Taylors adoptive family

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Head of the Russian Investigative Committee (SK) Alexander Bastrykin has given an order to institute criminal proceedings over another case of violence against a Russian child in his adoptive family in the United States.

“The latest telegram which I received yesterday from our ambassador to the United States says that a 6-year-old child has been sexually abused, and our diplomats, our consular officers cannot do anything. So I’ve given orders to open a criminal case against the family. Maybe this will stop such pseudo adopters, pseudo parents,” the Komsomolskaya Pravda quoted the SK head as saying at a meeting of the Public Council under the SK on Wednesday.

According to spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin, the case has been opened against US citizen Shad LaVerne Taylor.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated, according to the newspaper, that the adopted Maxim was subjected to violence in the Taylors adoptive family. As a result, the couple were arrested on suspicion of child abuse. However, the court for some reason did not find them guilty, and recently closed the case at all. The United States gave only general explanations to numerous inquiries of Russian diplomats, which only confirmed the facts of abuse of Maxim in 2011.

The Kommersant daily writes about the developments around “the Dima Yakovlev law.” Over the last month the US State Department officials have held several meetings with representatives of the Russian Embassy in Washington, trying to find out the destiny of children with whom American foster parents have already got acquainted.

“They’ve promised us so far that each case will be considered separately and they will notify of the decision,” the newspaper quoted a source close to the RF Foreign Ministry. “But in private conversations officials explain that are still waiting for instructions from Moscow,” he said.

The American lawmakers also say that according to official data, 110 thousand orphans currently live in orphanages in Russia and only 7.4 thousand of them every year find a foster family in Russia. In a letter to the President of the United States Congress members demand to make this issue “the main in future negotiations with Russia,’ adding that “350-500 orphans who were in the active stage of adoption have become hostages to the ‘Dima Yakovlev law.’”

The Russian side has not confirmed these figures. According to official data of the RF government, a total of about 200 children have got acquainted with their foster parents and are waiting for the completion of the adoption procedure. The RF Foreign Ministry said in an official statement that in 2012 some 70 people, including 52 children with disabilities were adopted by US citizens.

According to the newspaper, the struggle for the rights of Russian orphans in the United States, which the Russian authorities have started, may lead to the creation of new institutions and organisations in the United States.

“The Kremlin intends to create in the United States a non-governmental organisation that would gather information about the living conditions of adopted children,” the Russian Embassy in Washington confirmed to the newspaper.





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