Russia angered by U.S. refusal to visit abused minor in custody

Russia angered by U.S. refusal to visit abused minor in custody
# 30 October 2012 04:12 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Russia was outraged with the U.S. authorities’ refusal to allow diplomats to visit a Russian boy abused in the U.S. foster family, Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Decision to refuse consular workers to visit Russian citizen Maxin Babayev abused in the U.S. family of Tailors caused shock," Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement published on the ministry’s website.

Instead, Russian diplomats were recommended to talk with a temporary custodian of Maxim by phone, which showed "a clear unwillingness" of the U.S. authorities to fulfill their obligations in the bilateral agreement on international children adoption cooperation, Zakharova added.

The behavior of the U.S. authorities contradicted the Russia-U. S. Consular Convention and demonstrated their biased approach when it came to the rights of adopted Russian children, said the Russian diplomat.

Russia ratified an agreement with the U.S on children adoption cooperation in July 2012.

Maxim Babayev was adopted by a U.S. couple who were arrested in 2011 in Florida for alleged child abuse. A local court later withdrew all charges and released the foster parents.

Moscow demanded free access of Russian consulate workers to the Russian minor and to hand them all materials related to the investigation of the case.
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