Russia may ban US adoptions

23 January 2011

Russia says it will ban adoptions by American parents unless an agreement to that effect is signed between the sides, Russian Ombudsman for Children’s Rights Pavel Astakhov said commenting upon another case of violence against Russian kids in the US.

In late December, a shocking video appeared on the Internet that featured American woman Jessica Beagley forcing her adopted son to take cold shower and swallow hot sauce.

Later, the boy on the video turned out to be seven-year old Daniil Bukharov from Russia, who was adopted by an American family together with his twin brother Oleg.

Pavel Astakhov said that in compliance with international law, such discipline methods may be classified as child abuse and torture.