Russia, U.S. discussing investigation of abuse of adopted Russian children

Russian and U.S. prosecutors are discussing investigation of the abuse of adopted Russian children in the United States.

"The working party for Russia-U.S. law enforcement interaction has opened its first meeting in Washington DC. Interaction in eight criminal cases opened in Russia and the U.S. to investigate violence against Russian children adopted in the United States is a separate item on the agenda," says a report of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office obtained by Interfax on Thursday.

The working party was established by the joint decision of Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and U.S. Secretary of Justice - Attorney General Eric Holder during Holder's visit to Moscow in May 2012.

"The working party agenda presents the most complex issues of Russia-U.S. cooperation in criminal investigations," the report stressed.

Officers of the Prosecutor General' Office Main International Legal Cooperation Department are taking part in the negotiations on behalf of Russia.

"The sides have expressed their determination to deepen and develop interdepartmental relations in order to upgrade efficiency of the joint work and strengthen cooperation in the protection of human rights," the report said.

The next meeting with U.S. colleagues to discuss international legal cooperation problems is scheduled to take place in Moscow this fall.

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