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Published on Feb 18, 2013
 

Adopted Russian boy murdered by US mother: Moscow

 
 

MOSCOW (AFP) - A woman in the US state of Texas has killed her adopted Russian son, the Kremlin's envoy for children said Monday, outlining the latest alleged abuse of an adopted Russian child by American parents.

"Three-year-old Maxim was beaten (according to the investigators) by his adoptive mother, who fed him psychoactive drugs over a long period of time," ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on his office's Twitter feed @RFdeti. "He died before the arrival of the ambulance called by his adoptive mother. According to the autopsy report, the boy had many injuries."

Russia has long complained about the treatment of Russian orphans adopted by American parents and in December controversially passed a law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans.

Mr Astakhov said the murder took place in late January and expressed dismay with Washington's response. "The Russian embassy found out despite the lack of reaction by the State Department," said Mr Astakhov.