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    The US Department of State is prepared to expedite communications between Russian and US authorities in the case of a Russian national alleging he was sexually abused by his adoptive parents in the United States.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of State is prepared to expedite communications between Russian and US authorities in the case of a Russian national alleging he was sexually abused by his adoptive parents in the United States, Department spokesperson Julia Mason told Sputnik on Friday.

    "The Department of State stands ready to facilitate direct communication between Russian officials and appropriate US authorities upon request," Mason stated when asked if the United States would assist a probe.

    On Wednesday, US media reported that Denis Flynn, 23, who was adopted from Russia by a US couple from California, has accused his adoptive parents of years of sexual abuse while he was a minor.

    Mason added that the US government is aware of the tragic news story in California and is committed to ensuring that reliable safeguards are in place for the well-being of adopted children.

    Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said he hoped US law enforcement would conduct an impartial and thorough investigation into Flynn’s accusations.

    The ombudsman stressed that the situation raises serious concerns, adding that the Russian Consulate-General in San Francisco had already contacted Dennis Flynn's lawyer.

    Flynn claims his adoptive father, Ralph Flynn, started forcing him to perform sexual acts soon after he was adopted from a Russian orphanage at the age of nine. His adoptive mother, Carolyn Flynn, reportedly became involved in the abuse when Denis was 15, and the abuse allegedly continued for another four years.

    The Flynns were arrested in November and face dozens of charges, including allegations of continual sexual abuse. Ralph Flynn has allegedly been linked to another abuse involving a boy he adopted in 1972.


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