MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The official noted that the figure was mentioned during a session of an inter-agency working group, comprising representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Interpol and other security agencies, held earlier this month.
"The number of requests that remained unanswered has reached 26,000. These are the requests that the Education Ministry is sending as part of its duty to observe the life of children [after adoption], to monitor the quality of their lives and overall what is happening to them. They receive no answers at all," Kuznetsova told reporters, adding that most of the requests went to the United States.
The law was named after a Russian child who became the center of a child neglect case in 2008. The young Yakovlev, who had been adopted by US parents, died in July of that year after his adoptive father left him strapped in a car for several hours.