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Russia Opens Criminal Case After 3-Year-Old Boy Dies in U.S.

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Russia opened a criminal case after a three-year-old boy adopted from the country by American citizens died in the U.S., the Investigative Committee said.

Russia is seeking the arrest of the child’s adoptive mother and wants to make her the subject of an international arrest warrant, the law-enforcement agency in Moscow said in a statement on its website today. The country’s investigators also want to be involved in the U.S. probe into the incident, according to the statement.

Lawmakers in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, summoned the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, to answer questions about the boy’s death, state television reported. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia passed legislation in December barring U.S. adoptions in retaliation for American sanctions over the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who’d alleged a $230 million tax fraud by Russian officials.

Members of the ruling United Russia party accused opponents of the adoption legislation, called the Dima Yakovlev Law after a Russian boy who died in the U.S. in 2008 after being left in a car on a hot day, of being unpatriotic.

To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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