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    Russian diplomats will be constantly monitoring how adopted Russian children in Alaska live with their adoptive American families.

    Russian diplomats will be constantly monitoring how adopted Russian children in Alaska live with their adoptive American families, the press service of the Russian Embassy in the United States said.

    The statement comes in the wake of the recent scandal involving a 7-year-old Russian child and his adoptive U.S. mother, suspected of abusing the boy.

    Jessica Bigley from Anchorage, Alaska, revealed to a talk show last month her methods of raising her adopted son, Daniil Bukharov (aka Christoph Bigley), including pouring cold water over him and forcing him to rinse his mouth with hot pepper sauce.

    The state's authorities opened a child abuse case earlier this month.

    Authorities in the Far Eastern Russian city of Magadan, from where Daniil Bukharov and his twin brother were adopted, earlier said they received three reports saying that the children were adapting perfectly to the new family.

    Russia is one of the largest sources of adoptions for U.S. families, accounting for about 10 percent of foreign adoptions. The mistreatment of Russian children adopted in the United States has attracted public attention last year as a result of several highly publicized incidents.

    Russia threatened to prohibit child adoptions by U.S. citizens until the countries sign an intergovernmental agreement guaranteeing the rights of adopted children.

    WASHINGTON, January 28 (RIA Novosti)

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