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Russian Adopted by Americans Returns to Russia

Alexander Abnosov shows his American passport to journalists in the Volga river city of Cheboksary, Russia, March 20, 2013.
Alexander Abnosov shows his American passport to journalists in the Volga river city of Cheboksary, Russia, March 20, 2013.
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A pro-Kremlin television station reports a Russian-born teenager has run away from his adoptive American parents and returned to Russia.
 
State-owned Russian media report 18-year-old Alexander Abnosov returned to his 72-year-old grandmother in the Volga river city of Cheboksary. He was adopted at age 12, after the death of his alcoholic father. His grandmother said Russian authorities denied her custody of the boy because she "was too old and ill to raise him."
 
Abnosov says he left home near Philadelphia after arguing with his American parents, but they turned him away when he eventually came back.
 
The Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid reported Abnosov's adoptive mother said he was not thrown out, but he refused to return after running away.
 
Russian state media have highlighted what they describe as numerous cases of parental cruelty to adopted Russian children in the United States, since Russia approved a controversial ban on U.S. adoptions in December.
 
The U.S. adoptions ban was in retaliation for a U.S. law targeting alleged Russian human-rights violators.
 
About 60,000 children have been adopted by Americans in the past two decades.
 
It is not clear when Abnosov, now an adult, flew back to Russia.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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