Thousands rally in Moscow in US, Russia adoption row
By Anna Smolchenko, AFPMOSCOW--Russia on Saturday said it was concerned by a U.S. ruling that the death of an adopted Russian boy in Texas was an accident, fuelling a diplomatic row as thousands marched in Moscow demanding an end to all foreign adoptions.
March 3, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Russia's foreign ministry said it had learned of the U.S. coroner's findings, which clear the boy's parents of wrongdoing, “with concern” and called on U.S. officials to provide Moscow with the necessary documents, including the death certificate of 3-year-old Max Shatto (born Maxim Kuzmin), to help shed light on the case.
“Only an examination of these documents will enable meaningful conclusions to be reached about the circumstances surrounding the Russian child's death and determine our possible future steps,” the ministry's rights representative Konstantin Dolgov said in a statement.
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman added that efforts were under way to try to bring home Max's 2-year-old brother, whose Russian name is Kirill and who is also being raised by the Shatto couple.
“Certain steps are being taken to bring back (Kirill),” Dmitry Peskov told Dozhd, a private television channel. “There are very complicated legal circumstances related to the possibility of such a return.”
According to the autopsy results, the boy died from a lacerated artery in his bowel due to blunt force trauma in his abdomen. The coroner's report also noted that the child had a mental disorder that caused him to hurt himself.