US foster parents kill another Russian child
Another child, adopted from Russia, has been killed in the United States, Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov told reporters Feb. 18th.
The incident took place in Texas, where a three-year-old boy named Maxim was killed. According to Astakhov, the boy's foster mother beat the child. Moreover, the woman had been giving the child strong psychotropic drugs because the boy was allegedly mentally ill.
The boy had multiple injuries, including abdominal traumas, multiple bruises on his head and legs. Maxim's elder brother also lives in an American family.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has filed a criminal case into the murder of adoptive Russian boy, Maxim Kuzmin, Vladimir Markin, the IC chairman said.
"The Americans should grant access to Russian consulate officials and law-enforcement offices to all information on the subject. If they do not do it, this would only mean that the Americans simply act as talking heads. No Russian person should have any sorts of doubts about the fate of American adoptions of Russian children. It would also mean that the institution of foreign adoptions has been suspended correctly," Elena Mizulina, the chairwoman of the State Duma Committee for Family Affairs said.
It has been reported that Maxim Kuzmin, who was killed by his foster mother in Texas, was adopted from the orphanage, in which Dima Yakovlev lived too. Dima Yakovlev died in a hot car in the U.S. in 2008. The Russian State Duma named the law banning the adoptions of Russian children by American parents in Dima's memory. The law thus became known as the Law of Dima Yakovlev.