Russian Authorities Visit West Texas To Investigate Child's Death 2/19/13
February 19, 2013
(Dallas)- Russian Embassy officials "have the deepest concern of what happened" to a Russian boy who died after he was adopted by a West Texas couple.
The Jan. 21 death of Max Alan Shatto, formerly Maxim Kuzmin, revived the fight over American adoptions of Russian children.
An embassy statement Tuesday says a senior Russian diplomat and a representative of the Russian consul general in Houston visited the scene of the child's death.
They've also had opportunities to speak with investigators and Alan Shatto, Max's adoptive father.
The statement says embassy staff "await full information on the results of the investigation and, if there is a criminal component to the child's death, we expect those responsible to be severely punished."