US Adoption Freeze Urged Again by Russian Children’s Advocate, Another Tot Tortured

1/26/2011. Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has called for a halt to adoptions (frozen twice before) of the country’s children by foreign families until bilateral agreements to regulate adoptions are signed. The move comes after a US woman told a talk show last month that she raised her 7YO Russian adopted son by pouring ice cold water over him + forcing him to rinse his mouth out w hot pepper sauce. “International adoptions between Russia and the US have been in place for 16 yrs, but there is no official bilateral agreement yet,” Astakhov said. “It has been quite a revelation to me that children are being shipped out of Russia in their dozens, without any agreements. I say that such agreements should be signed not only with the United States, but also with the UK, France, Germany and other countries”. “Until those agreements are reached, it is necessary to halt adoptions,” he said. Astakhov said 17 Russian children have died in the United States as a result of abuse. Last year, a US woman sent an 8YO boy back to Russia unaccompanied, carrying a note from his adoptive mother saying she did not want him. en.beta.rian.ru “We don’t know all cases of Russian child abuse abroad”. Jan 29, 2011. Russia’s Children’s Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has called for a halt to adoptions of this country’s children by foreign families until bilateral agreements to regulate adoptions are signed. Without such bilateral agreements Russia is unable to look after the

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