A recent Associated Press report of a Tennessee woman, Torry Hansen, 33, highlights a growing problem. It is that Russian youngsters who are adopted by American families are often in grave danger. Either they wind up dead, or, as in the case of Artyom Savelyev, they are put on transatlantic flights by their adoptive parents and returned to Russia because their American families feel they are too much trouble. The Russian government is very unhappy about this situation to say the least and nobody was amused when seven year old Artyom showed up in Moscow unescorted by his adoptive mother, with a note stating that she was returning him to the orphanage where she got him.
Says the Associated Press:
Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families Friday after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems.
The boy, Artyom Savelyev, was put on a plane by his adopted grandmother, Nancy Hansen of Shelbyville.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is not amused and has said, “this is the last straw.” Some people are calling for an international treaty that would allow the Russian government to prosecute people who bring harm to children adopted from Russia. (So far three Russian youngsters have been killed by their adoptive parents in the United States this year.)
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