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Russia Urges Restraint Over Adoptee Death

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, left, speaks during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 9, 2012.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, left, speaks during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 9, 2012.

The Kremlin has urged Russian officials to temper their emotions over the death in Texas last month of Max Shatto, a three-year-old born in Russia who was adopted by an American couple. Published reports in Russia have suggested the child was mistreated and possibly murdered by his adoptive parents.

In comments to the Dozhd television network late Friday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was inappropriate to consider Shatto’s death a murder before Texas officials complete their investigation.

He did, however, acknowledge that state medical investigators found bruises on Shatto’s body, and expressed hope that officials would soon determine the cause.

Peskov’s comments arrived after a week of sensational statements on the case by Russian officials. Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on Tuesday against Shatto’s mother Laura, a day after Russian ombudsman for children Pavel Astakhov claimed she had physically abused Shatto, whose birth name is Maxim Kuzmin.

The episode also dragged into the mix U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who expressed dismay on his blog earlier this week over Russian media coverage of the event. McFaul urged an end to what he said were the “sensational exploitations of human tragedy.”

Texas medical examiners have not yet completed a full autopsy to determine the exact cause of Shatto’s January 21 death.

Russia banned the adoption of its children by American families late last year over what officials say is the systemic abuse of Russian adoptees by their American parents.

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by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
February 23, 2013 10:27 PM
Aesop’s fable of the boy who cried “Wolf” is common knowledge. So I wonder who will seriously consider the latest urge by the staunch supporter of the ruling regime as he demonstrates a U-turn. It is unusual scene to view Mr.Peskov (the main conductor in staging anti-American protests) in “sheep’s skin”. His usual self is to mount a towering rage before the cameras when people in Russia mention the state of basic human rights and the riches accumulated by the elite of the regime. He was furious when Magnitsky Act had been passed, he instigated immediate ban on American adoption of abandoned children not knowing what to do with them in Russia. It’s apparent that the regime has recognized how too far it has gone in anti-American hysterics.

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