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    Senior officials from Russia and the United States met on Thursday to discuss joint steps to stop the spread of child pornography on the Internet, a Russian presidential adviser said.

    Senior officials from Russia and the United States met on Thursday to discuss joint steps to stop the spread of child pornography on the Internet, a Russian presidential adviser said.

    "Unfortunately, both Russia and America cannot boast of high standards in terms of protecting children," said Pavel Astakhov, President Dmitry Medvedev's ombudsman on children's rights.

    "Both sides expressed complete understanding, and put forward concrete proposals," the well-known lawyer said following the talks in Washington.

    He added that the working group on civil society, created as part of a Russian-U.S. presidential commission established by Medvedev and President Barack Obama last year, did not discuss the status of Russian children adopted by U.S. parents.

    The issue is a contentious one in Russia following the death of a Russian-born child in Virginia in 2008.

    Miles Harrison was acquitted of the involuntary manslaughter of his 21-month-old son Chase (born Dmitry Yakolev), who died of heatstroke after being left in a vehicle in the hot sun for nine hours in front of his adoptive father's workplace in Virginia.

    The Russian delegation, headed by Kremlin deputy chief of staff Vladislav Surkov, Astakhov, includes rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin, head of the presidential Civil Society Institution and Human Rights Council, Ella Pamfilova, and adviser to the Russian presidential administration on Russian domestic policy, Alina Radchenko.

    WASHINGTON, January 29 (RIA Novosti)

     

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