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Yet another Russian orphan, Maxim Babayev, has become the victim of abuse at the hands of his American adoptive parents. Legal counselor of the Russian Embassy in Washington Sergei Chumarev is just back from Florida. He told the Voice of Russia about the new details of this case. In the most shocking part, Mr. Chumarev refers to sheriff’s report about sexual abuse of the child that was disregarded by a local judge, as well as to police report saying the adoptive father hit his head against the wall and his US mother tried to suffocate him.
Mr Chumarev spoke to The Voice of Russia:
“The following was a street scene in a Florida town. The 5-year-old’s adoptive father, one Mr Taylor, was banging the boy’s head against a wall. The mother, Mrs Taylor, was punching the boy in the face and trying to strangulate him. Passers-by called the police. A police doctor discovered multiple injuries and evidence of sexual abuse on the boy. Authorities immediately withdrew Maxim from the Taylor couple. Mr Taylor received a suspended jail sentence of 5 years, and Mrs Taylor, of only one year.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry lodged an appeal, seeking a much tougher punishment. Maxim, meanwhile, has been adopted by another American family. And strangely enough, Russian consular officials are still denied access to him.
Mr Chumarev again:
“The State Department said it can only grant consular access to a dual citizen, which Maxim is, if this citizen is in jail. Indeed, this is an imperative for all signatories of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. As for the Babayev case, the State Department advised the Florida judge in charge to allow Russian consular access to Maxim.”
“The judge, however, blatantly spurned the advice. He said he knew nothing about the Russian-American adoption agreement, which came into force on November 1, and would only follow Florida law. I tried but failed to see Maxim. I’m back from Florida empty-handed.”
Mr Chumarev also remembered an instance in Cherokee, N Carolina, over three years ago, in which a local man raped his 14 year-old Russian-born adopted daughter. American authorities placed her into a mental institution. Russian diplomats persuaded them to transfer her to a special care home for underage rape victims. She is now 18. The offender, however, is still at large:
“Has legal team fabricated documents to prove that the girl was 16 at the time of the intercourse, which is the age of consent in North Carolina. Russia immediately submitted documentation proving that the victim was under 15 at the time. The Cherokee inquest has been dragging on for 3 years, of which the offender has not spent a single day in jail. He is on a $100,000 bail.”
Shall we conclude that international agreements signed by the US are only honoured within Washington’s, D.C., Belt Road?
Florida justice denied Russian diplomats a meeting with adopted Russian boy, Maxim Babaev, 6, who was abused by his American adoptive parents, despite US-Russian new agreement on adoption. Sergey Chumarev, Senior Legal Councillor of the Russian Embassy in the US, who tried to get consular access to Maxim, a bearer of Russian passport, told the Voice of Russia about the new details of this case. In the most shocking part, Mr. Chumarev refers to sheriff’s report about sexual abuse of the child that was disregarded by a local judge, as well as to police report saying the adoptive father hit his head against the wall and his US mother tried to suffocate him.
The Russian diplomat also cites other examples when state or county authorities in various locations across the United States refused to fulfill US-Russian adoption agreement and prevent Russia to monitor cases of abuse of Russian kids in America.
This story emerges on the backdrop of heated debate around US adoption ban that was voted by the Russian Duma past Friday.
To read the full version of the interview, visit American Edition of the Voice of Russia: Russian Children Sexually Abused, Suffocated by US Adoptive Parents – Russian Diplomat