Russian outrage over injuries to adopted toddler
A BITTER diplomatic dispute between Russia and the US has escalated after the disclosure that a three-year-old adopted Russian toddler who died in Texas had "abrasions, scars and bruises all over his body".
Pavel Astakhov, Russia's children's ombudsman, criticised American authorities who had earlier refused to prosecute the child's adoptive parents.
The case of Max Shatto has become a political football after the Kremlin refused to back down on its ban on US parents adopting Russian children.
Mr Astakhov began the adoption furore last month when he claimed that the boy had been murdered by his US parents in January.
Texas authorities maintained that the death was an accident caused by "blunt force trauma".