Russia freezes adoptions to US

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International adoption has again been thrust into the spotlight, following the story of Artyom Savelyev, an eight-year-old Russian boy, who was sent back to Moscow after his American adoptive mother decided he was too much hard work.

Since the mid-1990s, 16 adopted children have died in the US, most at the hands of their adopted parents. The Kremlin said that Artyom's case is the last straw.

The story has sparked a diplomatic dispute between Moscow and Washington.

Russia's foreign minister said that all adoptions to parents in the US will be frozen until an agreement on the issue is reached.

Neave Barker reports from Moscow.

[29 April 2010]

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