Russian court revokes adoption of orphan by US family
PSKOV, December 23 (RAPSI) - The Pskov Regional Court revoked the adoption by American parents of Russian orphan Kirill Kuzmin, whose older brother Maxim died while under the adoptive parents' care earlier this year, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
The court thus granted the Pskov Regional Social Security Department's lawsuit against the Shatto family to revoke the adoption.
The defendants have until January to appeal the decision, at which point it will become final.
As the judgment was handed down, Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov Tweeted that the aim is not simply to get the boy back to Russia. “He needs to live in a safe place with responsible parents or guardians,” Astakhov commented on the judgment.
Maxim Kuzmin died at the age of 3 while playing in the backyard of his Texas (U.S.) home on January 21.
Alan and Laura Shatto adopted Maxim Kuzmin and his biological half-brother Kirill Kuzmin from the same orphanage in western Russia. Since the boy's death, his brother has remained with their adoptive parents.
The suit was filed by the Pskov Region Social Security Department after a criminal case was opened to investigate the death of Maxim and alleged violations by social agencies during the adoption of the Kuzmin brothers.
Astakhov announced the death of the boy on February 18. He tweeted that the child had been given powerful "psychotropic substances," and that he was badly beaten before he died in a hospital on January 21.
On March 1, Texas authorities announced that the boy's death was not criminal, based on the autopsy results. The four doctors who reviewed the results ruled the death accidental.
After that, the Pskov Regional Social Security Department filed a lawsuit against the Shattos to revoke the adoption of Maxim's two-year-old brother, Kirill.