Astakhov Pedophiles Want My Resignation Most

The Moscow Times
Thursday 28th February, 2013

The official at the center of Russia’s controversial ban on U.S. adoptions struck back at critics on Thursday, saying “pedophiles” were his most strident detractors and that journalists who accuse him of downplaying child abuse in Russia for political reasons are “either blind or dumb.” Children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov also revealed “new evidence” that he said implicated U.S. parents Laura and Alan Shatto in the death of their adoptive Russian toddler last month. Astakhov quoted a Texas police official as saying the death of 3-year-old Max Shatto “doesn’t look natural” and asserted that A…

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