Russia Wants Holder to Probe Abuse of Adopted Children in U.S.

Investigators in Moscow are requesting that the U.S. probe alleged abuse of 26 children from Russia after banning Americans from further adoptions.

Alexander Bastrykin, the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, sent the official request to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to the law enforcement agency’s website.

While Russia and the U.S. have discussed charges of ill-treatment of adopted Russian children, “sadly, the question remains relevant today,” Bastrykin wrote in the letter to Holder, according to the statement.

Russia passed legislation in December last year barring U.S. adoptions following American sanctions over the death in prison of tax and law adviser Sergei Magnitsky, who’d alleged a $230 million tax fraud by Russian officials. More than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by Americans in the past 20 years, according to the State Department.

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