Topic: US Adoption Ban
MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – Yulia Kuzmina, the biological mother of a Russian adoptee who died in Texas last month, was taken off a train in northern Russia for “drunk debauchery” on Friday, regional officials said. The story debunks Kuzmina’s claims, made on national television, that she has changed her lifestyle enough to be given back her other son, adopted by the same family in the United States that is now in the limelight in connection with the death of his brother. The boys were adopted late last year by Texan natives Alan and Laura Shatto. But on January 21, Maxim – whose name was changed to Max Shatto – was found dead in the street.
However, US authorities questioned Astakhov’s reports of the incident, saying the inquiry into the boy’s death is still ongoing. The ombudsman later admitted the boy’s death was not necessarily murder, though he still accused the Shattos of negligence.
At least 19 of an estimated 60,000 Russian children adopted in the United States since the early 1990s have died due to actions of their US parents, Russian officials said.
About 300 children adopted by Russian families died every year between 2009 and 2011, though no statistics are available on the causes of death, Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulina said on Thursday.