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    Russian human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov accuses the United States of dodging cooperation in investigating adopted children's deaths and maltreatment. Over the past 10 years, 19 adopted children from Russia have been killed in the United States, according to the Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner.

    MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) — US authorities are not providing Moscow with information pertaining to cases of Russian children who have been maltreated and murdered in the United States, Russian human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    "This information [concerning controversial cases of US citizens adopting Russian children] is needed in order to go ahead with investigations carried out by the [Russian] Investigative Committee into the cases of Russian children being killed, injured and maltreated, but the information has not been provided," Dolgov said.

    He went on to point out the necessity of a dialogue between Russia and the United States in order to solve issues, both existing and emerging, surrounding the violation of children's rights, saying that Moscow was open to talks.

    Dolgov noted that the US side also emphasized the importance of dialogue when it comes to tackling children's rights issues, but it remains to be seen if the United States is genuinely ready to cooperate.

    The Russian ombudsman added that he may travel to the United States to discuss the issues in February 2015. This would involve meeting local and federal authorities, as well as several US-based nongovernmental organizations.

    In light of problems and concerns related to the safety of Russian children being adopted in the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin last year signed a law banning adoptions of Russian children by American families.

    According to Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov, 19 adopted children from Russia have been killed in the United States over the past 10 years. Concerns have also been expressed over cases when adoptive parents from the United States renounced their parental rights to the children from Russia they had adopted.

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