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The Russian parliament will address to the US Congress over the murder of the adopted Russian boy

February 21, 2013, 10:50 UTC+3

Russian Presidential Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov will insist on the return of his brother Kirill in Russia

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The Federation Council and the State Duma will make an address to the US Congress over the murder of Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin, who was adopted by the US spouses at the end of the previous year. Russian Presidential Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov will insist on the return of his brother Kirill in Russia.

The adoptive mother from Texas gave psychotropic medicines to the child, and beat him up cruelly before his death, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported. Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko proposed to turn in the Russian Investigation Committee, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Foreign Ministry so that all these state institutions “will take exhaustive measures” to punish those guilty. Meanwhile, in the final variant, which the Russian senators took as a basis, the addressee is more correct that is the US Congress. In their speeches on this issue the Russian senators were very emotionally driven. Krasnodar senator Nikolai Kondratenko stated that it is needed to take from the US citizens all already adopted children and raise them in Russia. “We should acknowledge that we have made a mistake ourselves, because the United States cannot cope with the situation over our children in America, and they should be brought back to us,” the Russian senator stated.

On Wednesday, the Federation Council decided to address in the US Congress over the January 21 murder of a three-year-old Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin, who together with his two-year-old brother Kirill was adopted by residents of the US state Texas Alan and Laura Shatto at the end of the previous year, the Kommersant daily reported. The statement issued on Wednesday said that the Russian senators “took with indignation the news report about the tragic death” of the boy that was caused “with inhumane tortures by his adoptive mother.” The upper house of Russian parliament demands from the US Congress “to take necessary efforts for a detailed investigation of all crimes against Russian adopted children. The State Duma Committee for the Affairs of Family, Women and Children has drafted Wednesday a similar address to the US Congress, which the lower house of Russian parliament can consider on February 22.

On Wednesday, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for International Affairs Mikhail Margelov proposed at a Federation Council meeting to make the problem of the death of Russian children in the US topical at a meeting of the US Senate-Federation Council working group, which will be held “no later than in April.”

Senator from the Russian Republic of Khakassia Valentina Petrenko stated on Wednesday that the US “is the only country in the world, which continues to kill children,” the newspaper went on to say. For the last 20 years the US adopted 60,000 Russian children, and for this period of time 20 Russian children were killed. According to the statistical reports of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science that is available for the Kommersant daily, the number of Russian “guardians, adoptive parents, adopters, who were brought to criminal responsibility for the crimes against children,” reached 105 in 2009, 94 in 2010, 66 in 2011. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets that he finds the problem of the upbringing of underage orphans in Russia more important than foreign adoptions, “Foreign adoptions embrace just several hundreds of children, but unfortunately we have thousands of orphans and the children, who were left without parental care.”

Meanwhile, the birth mother of the little boy killed in the US asks to reinstate her parental rights for the children and bring back to her second son Kirill Kuzmin, who lives in the Shatto family, the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported. Astakhov added that Yulia Kuzmina stopped her unsocial life style, found a job and now intends to reinstate her parental rights. Astakhov is sure about her personally. When the reporters of the newspaper were seeking to find the mother in her native town Gdov, all neighbours said that Yulia, 23, is drinking heavily and does not care a bit about her children. She did not know that her children were brought to the US. Governor of the Pskov Region Andrei Turchak earlier asked to bring Kirill back to the homeland as quickly as possible.





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