19 February 2013, 15:03

Russia urges thorough probe into adopted boy’s death in U.S.

Russia urges thorough probe into adopted boy’s death in U.S.

Moscow insists that the death of a 3-year-old boy named Maxim Kuzmin must be thoroughly investigated, with those responsible for the tragedy brought to justice. The boy named by his adoptive U.S. parents as Max Alan Shatto died in Texas on January 21 after allegedly suffering injuries to his head and legs, as well as to his abdomen and internal organs. His adoptive mother is believed to have given the boy psychoactive drugs.

Russian diplomats learned about the tragedy not from the US State Department but from their own sources. Russia’s children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov was the first to disclose the information on Twitter on Monday. 

Maxim was adopted from an orphanage in the town of Pechory in the north-western Pskov district. This is where Russian toddler Dima Yakovlev had been previously adopted in 2008. The so-called Dima Yakovlev draft bill was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in late 2012, banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry has been closely watching the investigation into the death of Maxim Kuzmin. ‘We won’t make any conclusions while the investigation is under way but what we’ve learned from the U.S. side is just shocking”, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights Konstantin Dolgov said.

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The Texas Child Protective Services Office learned about the boy’s death on January 21. The child had died before the ambulance arrived. Local police say such cases usually take up to 30 days to investigate. It means that the investigators are expected to come up with their report on the issue by the beginning of next week. If extra toxicology tests are needed, the process could last longer. 

The U.S. has a system of trusteeship and guardianship bodies, as well as juvenile courts that are responsible to ensure the well-being of children, Mr. Astakhov told the VoR.

"Despite this we have been witnessing a very strange attitude towards the children adopted from Russia. We often learn that the rights of our children were abused only after the most tragic things happen. Many of those adoptive parents who were responsible for the deaths of our 20 adopted children had not been even registered at any child protective office." 

Each time such a tragedy happens our task is to prevent another one, the Public Chamber member Olga Kostina told the VoR.

"Together with experts from the Foreign Ministry and some public organizations, we should now work out a mechanism that would help us check all US parents who have already adopted children from Russia, and would be accepted by the U.S. side, in order to control the way the rights of adopted children are being respected in the country."

As of today, Russia’s Investigative Committee has been investigating nine cases of abuse of Russian children adopted in the U.S. The local authorities, however, have repeatedly refused to provide all necessary data to the Russian side. Under the Dima Yakovlev law, everyone linked to the deaths of Russian children may be rejected a visa to Russia. This ban also targets officials charged with negligence while dealing with cases of child abuse.



Criminal inquiry started into death of adopted Russian boy in US - Russian Investigative Committee

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin has announced the start of a criminal inquiry into the death of Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin, who was allegedly killed by his adoptive American mother.

"The criminal case was opened on murder charges - Article 105 of the Russian Penal Code," he said.

The Investigative Committee will take "all of the measures needed to prosecute all those involved in this savage crime in accordance with the law," Markin said.

"The Investigative Committee will also petition to have Kuzmin's adoptive mother arrested in absentia, as well as will seek permission for Russian investigators to join this murder inquiry in the U.S.," Markin said.

US State Dept to assist Russia in child murder investigation

The U.S. State Department will assist the Russian Federation in talks with the government of the U.S. state of Texas with regards to the death of another adopted child from Russia in the United States.

This was stated by a representative of the U.S. Department of State.

Earlier it was reported that the authorities had confirmed the death of the boy in Texas boy, but refused to disclose details about the investigation.

Maxim died on January 21, 2012 but Russia was only informed about the death of the Russian citizen within the last two days.

Previously found that the foster mother beat the boy and gave him psychotropic drugs.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has started a preliminary investigation to ascertain the facts in the case.

In just the last few years 19 adopted Russian children have been murdered in the United States.

This fact has forced Moscow to adopt a new law prohibiting adoption by citizens of the United States.

Russia investigating 20th Russian child killed in U.S.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian federation has started a preliminary investigation into the death of yet another Russian foster child in the United States.

Investigators have requested information from the Russian Foreign Ministry and from children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov of Russia.

After determining all of the circumstances surrounding the tragedy the Investigative Committee may open a criminal investigation into the death of a child.

The 3-year-old boy, whose name was Maxim Kuzmin, died on January 21st, 2013.

Previously it was found that the foster mother had severely beaten the boy and gave him psychotropic drugs.

The Russian Embassy in Washington was aware of this, despite the lack of response from the U.S. State Department.

This is the 20th case of the death of a Russian child who was in American foster care.

Moscow hopes those guilty of adopted Russian child's death in US will be severely punished

Moscow hopes that those guilty of an adopted Russian child's death in the United States will be punished, and pledges to closely follow the investigation.

"We do hope that those guilty will be severely punished. We will closely follow the investigation and we must say again that the U.S. Department of State, unlike local officials, provided no assistance to our diplomats in finding out the cause of the new fatality in the U.S. involving an adopted Russian child," the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights commissioner, Konstantin Dolgov, told Interfax.

An inquiry has been started into the death of Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin, adopted by a family in Texas, he said.

"We are drawing the attention of the public to yet another instance of cruel abuse of a Russian boy adopted in the U.S. Maxim Kuzmin, age three, is dead. American child welfare services said he died on January 21 in his adoptive parents' home in Texas after being cruelly treated by his adoptive mother," Dolgov said.

"An examination revealed multiple injuries to the child's head and legs. A post-mortem examination also revealed damage to his organs which could only have been caused by a violent impact. It was established that the parents had been giving the boy a heavy psychotropic substance which is normally used to treat severe cases of schizophrenia in adults, not children. It is an excessively heavy and actually an intolerable drug for a child," he said.

"We hope if these facts are proven in the ongoing investigation, those guilty of the boy's death will get due punishment," he said.

Foster mother kills adopted Russian child in US - Astakhov

Another Russian orphan has allegedly been killed in the US, Russia’s children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov told reporters Monday. A three-year old boy died in Texas. The autopsy has shown that he had been systematically beaten and fed with psychoactive drugs by his adoptive mother.

A series of similar abuses triggered Russian MPs to adopt the Dima Yakovlev law in January 2013 banning US adoptions.

The US State Department did not comment on the boy’s death, which reportedly happened at the end of January. Nevertheless, the incident became known to the Russian Embassy in the US.

Moscow accuses US State Department of failing to investigate death in US of adopted Russian boy.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, RIA, TASS

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