Moscow seeks U.S. legal aid to investigate abuse of Russian boy

Moscow seeks U.S. legal aid to investigate abuse of Russian boy
# 30 January 2013 17:34 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Russia will ask the United States for legal assistance to investigate the sexual abuse of a Russian boy adopted by a U.S. couple, an authority said Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"An investigative team has been formed due to the vast amounts of investigative procedures pending in this case. Relevant requests for legal assistance will soon be sent to the U.S. authorities," Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told the Interfax news agency.

U.S. citizen Shad Laverne Traylor was suspected of sexually abusing a person younger than 14 from 2009 through 2011, according to Martin, referring to the Russia-born Maxim Babayev who was adopted in March 2009.

A U.S. court in 2012 sentenced Shad Traylor to a five-year suspended sentence. Traylor's wife received a one-year suspended sentence.

"U.S. law enforcement agencies did not bring sexual abuse charges against the adoptive father and did not investigate that crime," Markin noted.

The conditions of the Russian children adopted to the U.S. families have become a hot issue in the end of 2012 when Russia passed and enacted the Dima Yakovlev Act, the so-called Anti-Magnitsky Act.

The Act banned U.S. citizens to adopt Russian orphans in a tit-for-tat response to the U.S. Magnitsky Act passed in December, 2012.

The U.S. act introduced a blacklist of Russian officials allegedly linked to the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky at a Russian prison in 2009.

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