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3-year-old Adopted Russian boy In America named Maksim: Beaten To Death…

UPDATE: MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) – The investigation into the death of a 3-year-old adopted Russian boy in the United States earlier this year was hampered by overriding political concerns, Russia’s child rights ombudsman suggested on Saturday, after US officials ruled his death was an accident. “His bruises disappeared, the medicine vanished, his adoptive parents were acquitted and the authorities have backtracked,” ombudsman Pavel Astakhov tweeted. “The 3-year-old boy became a victim of big politics.”

Original: After being brutally beaten by his American stepmother, who gave him psychotropic medication for an extended period of time, a 3-year-old Russian boy named Maksim has died in Texas, Russian Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov wrote on Twitter…

­Maksim Kuzmin died before medics, called by his stepmother, arrived at the scene. An autopsy showed that the boy suffered multiple injuries to his head, limb, abdomen and internal organs prior to death…

The investigation revealed that the boy was beaten by his stepmother, who had also fed him strong psychotropic medication…

The US State Department did not comment on the boy’s death, which reportedly happened on January 21. Nevertheless, the incident became known to the Russian Embassy in the US…

Russian Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has asked the country’s Interior Ministry to conduct an impartial investigation, and to keep Russia informed of all details concerning Maksim’s death…

Around the same time this happened, Ambassador Michael McFaul said that Russian authorities would lose consular access to adopted Russian children. He blamed it on the adoption ban, but there was never any reason to stop this. How much did he know about this child’s death?

Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

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  1. admin Post author | February 18, 2013

    MOSCOW, February 18 (Itar-Tass) – An adopted three-year-old Russian boy identified as Maxim Kuzmin has been killed by his foster mother in Texas, the Russian president’s ombudsman for the rights of children, Pavel Astakihov, said in his Twitter blog on Monday, February 18.

    “The murder occurred in late January. Three-year-old Maxim was beaten up [according to the investigators] by his foster mother who had long been feeding him strong psychotropic substances. The buy died before the ambulance called in by the foster mother arrived. According to the post-mortem, the boy had numerous injuries,” Astakhov said.

    Moscow expects severe punishment for those responsible for the death of a three-year-old Russian boy in the United States, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov said.

    “The U.S. Department of State has not helped the Russian consuls investigate the circumstances of Maxim Kuzmin’s death. We will watch the investigation of the Maxim Kuzmin case. We expect those responsible for his death to get the severe penalty they deserve,” Dolgov told Itar-Tass.

  2. admin Post author | February 18, 2013

    Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Monday that it had begun to investigate the death in the United States of one more boy adopted from Russia and may open a criminal case after that, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told reporters on Monday.

    Markin said the committee had asked the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian presidential commissioner for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, for information on the boy’s death.

    Earlier on Monday, Astakhov said an adopted Russian boy had been killed in Texas.

    Voice of Russia, Interfax

  3. admin Post author | February 18, 2013

    MOSCOW, February 18 (Itar-Tass) – The Russian Investigation Committee has started a probe into a new death of a Russian child in the United States.

    “The Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigation Committee has begun a procedural inquest in connection with media reports about a new death of a three-year-old Russian boy in a foster American family in January 2013,” Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Monday, February 18.

    “As part of the inquest, the investigators requested information and materials from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov. After these materials have been studied and the offence has been accurately classified, the decision will be made whether to open a criminal case,” Markin said.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov said.

    He said the death was “yet another inhuman act of torture against a Russian child adopted by an American family.”

    “According to the U.S. social welfare service, Maxim died on January 21 of this year in his foster parents’ home as a result of cruel treatment by his foster mother. Her last name is Shutto,” the diplomat told Itar-Tass.

    According to Dolgov, Kuzmin was found to have had “numerous injuries on legs and head, abdominal cavity and internal organs that could have been caused by a strong blow. The foster parents regularly gave the three-year-old child a strong psychotropic substance that is usually used in the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. But this is a three-year-old boy! What a shocking detail,” the diplomat said.

    Moscow hopes that if these facts prove correct, those responsible for the death of the child will face severe punishment. We will watch the investigation of the Maxim Kuzmin case. We expect those responsible for his death to get the severe penalty they deserve,” Dolgov said.

    He regretted that “unlike the local authorities the U.S. Department of State did not help our Embassy officials in any way investigate the causes of the new death of a Russian child in the United States.”

    Maxim Kuzmin was killed by his foster mother in Texas, the Russian president’s ombudsman for the rights of children, Pavel Astakihov, said in his Twitter blog.

    “The murder occurred in late January. Three-year-old Maxim was beaten up [according to the investigators] by his foster mother who had long been feeding him strong psychotropic substances. The buy died before the ambulance called in by the foster mother arrived. According to the post-mortem, the boy had numerous injuries,” Astakhov said.

  4. admin Post author | February 18, 2013

    Texas prosecutors have expressed readiness to assist Russian investigators in their probe into the death of three-year old Maxim Kuzmin. Earlier, Russia’s children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said that the boy died after being systematically beaten and allegedly fed with psychoactive drugs by his adoptive mother.

    Maxim’s brother Kirill was adopted by the same family.

    Russia investigating another adopted boy’s death in US – spokesman

    Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Monday that it had begun to investigate the death in the United States of one more boy adopted from Russia and may open a criminal case after that, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told reporters on Monday.

    Markin said the committee had asked the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian presidential commissioner for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, for information on the boy’s death.

    Earlier on Monday, Astakhov said an adopted Russian boy had been killed in Texas.

    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

  5. admin Post author | February 19, 2013

    MOSCOW, February 19 (Itar-Tass) – The Investigative Committee /SK/ opened a criminal case over the murder of Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin in a U.S. adoptive family, SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

    “The criminal case was opened under Article 105, Part 2 of Russia’s Criminal Code,” Markin said, “the SK will take all the necessary measures to arraign the child’s adoptive mother.”

    “Investigators intend to ask the court to sanction her arrest in absentia, as the measure of restraint, and put her on the Interpol wanted list. The SK will insist that Russian investigators participate in the probe into the crime in the United States. Other necessary measures will be taken to make sure that the persons guilty of the murder of the Russian child suffer the most severe punishment.”

    Earlier, Russian children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov wrote on Twitter that Maxim, 3, had been beaten up /according to the investigators/ by his adoptive mother, who had been giving him strong psychedelic drugs for a long time.

    The boy died before the ambulance arrived. According to forensic experts, he had numerous injuries. The U.S. foster mother has been allowed to see another child, Maxim’s brother Kirill, 2, once a week, according to the ombudsman.

    Astakhov said Texas prosecutors were ready to cooperate with Russia in investigating Maxim’s death. “I’ve discussed the details of Maxim Kuzmin’s death with the Russian consul general in Texas. The prosecutor’s office of this state is ready to cooperate in the investigation. Aside from Maxim, the family adopted his two-year-old brother Kirill,” he said.

    Russian Foreign Ministry representative for human rights, democracy and supremacy of law Konstantin Dolgov told Tass on Monday that the U.S. Department of States, unlike the local authorities, had not helped the Russian Embassy to learn the details of Maxim’s death.

    “It is another case of inhuman torture of adopted child from Russia by U.S. foster parents,” he stated, according to the U.S. social security service, Maxim died on January 21 as a result of cruel treatment by his foster mother. Her second name is Shatto. An examination of the child’s body found numerous head and leg injuries, and autopsy showed stomach and internal organs traumas that could have been caused by a powerful blow. Also, the foster parents regularly gave Maxim powerful psychedelic drugs, which are normally used to treat serious forms of schizophrenia in adults. But it was a three-year-old child. It’s absolutely shocking,” Dolgov said.

    Moscow is hoping that in case the facts are confirmed in the course of the investigation, the culprits will suffer severe punishment, he added.

    Maxim Kuzmin was killed on January 21. The Russian Embassy in Washington learnt the news despite a lack of reaction on the part of the U.S. Department of State. It is the 20th death of Russian children in U.S. foster families.

    Meanwhile, first deputy chairwoman of the Russian parliament committee for family, women and children Olga Batalina /United Russia faction/ urged the lawmakers to ask the U.S. Congress to ensure the safety of adopted Russian children.

    “Unfortunately, the tragic story recurs in the United States, and only adoption ban can stop this vicious circle,” the parliamentarian underlined in a five-minute statement prior to the plenary session on Tuesday.

    “Our arguments /when passing the Dima Yakovlev law” banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans/ seemed unconvincing to some, but let us recall why we banned adoption: it’s because the USA does not ensure the safety of children. Because facts of cruel treatment are concealed. Because the USA allows persons, capable of murdering a three-year-old child, to adopt children. Many are unable even to raise their hand to smack a naughty child. And we talk about the people who can feed him strong psychedelic drugs, beat him for months, and murder; and the U.S. system puts no barrier to such candidates to foster care,” Batalina said, “this means another cruel person might be allowed to adopt a child tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.”

    “We banned the adoption by U.S. citizens because the death of a Russian child is not a tragedy there; we see no measures taken over the facts of such deaths, which would make us hope that such situations will never happen again,” she said.

    Addressing speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Batalina said “the problem is systemic.”

    “There are almost 60,000 Russian children living in the USA. So I believe it is necessary to address the U.S. Congress on behalf of the State Duma and demand ensuring the safety of Russian child, changing the adoption system, and introducing tough control over the life of Russian children,” she stated.

    Maxim is survived by his two-year-old step-brother; I’m addressing the U.S. authorities, let the child return to Russia, his brother was being murdered for several months before his very eyes. I’m sure that kind and decent foster parents can be found for him here, and that the child will be happy.”

    The Russian lawmakers observed a minute of silence in memory of Maxim Kuzmin.

  6. admin Post author | February 19, 2013

    Russian politicians and media are outraged by the death of a three-year-old adopted Russian boy and US silence on the matter. The boy was reportedly brutally beaten in Texas by his adoptive mother, who allegedly also gave him psychotropic medication.

    Maksim Kuzmin was adopted at the beginning of November 2012. Just two-and-a-half months later he was found dead, on January 21, 2013.

    Russia has reacted extremely critically to the fact that the US waited almost a month before notifying Russian authorities about what happened. Even then, it was Texas’ law enforcement authorities that spoke out, while the other US channels remained mute on the subject.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a probe into the death of Maksim at the hands of his adoptive American family. Investigators stated they will be adding adoptive mother Laura Shatto’s name to the international watch list and applying for her arrest.

    The US State Department confirmed that it will assist Russia with the investigation and help to coordinate talks with Texas.

    The US Embassy in Russia has expressed condolences via its Twitter account.

    “We deeply regret the death of the child in Texas. A death of a child is always a tragedy,” the statement said.

    US Child Services is also investigating claims that the child was severely abused, but thus far cannot verify anything, stated Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) spokesman Patrick Crimmins.

    There had been several reports of physical abuse and neglect, but the authorities are still waiting for final autopsy results and thus far no arrests have been made.

    An investigation usually takes around 30 days, but when the law enforcement is also involved it may take longer, said the spokesperson.

  7. admin Post author | February 21, 2013

    Russia’s representative for human rights and democracy, Konstantin Dolgov, has accused the United States of concealing information on adopted Russian children.

    “There is an issue regarding consular monitoring of Russian children in the US. We aren’t provided with full details on [the life of] our children,” Mr. Dolgov said.

    According to Russia’s human rights ombudsman, not all Russian orphans adopted by Americans have been registered with the Russian consulate in Washington. “We are going to request a broader consular network in the US,” the Russian official added.

    Mr. Dolgov told reporters Moscow has requested a full report on the living conditions of adopted Russian children. “But they seem to lack these details,” he stressed.

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