Adoptive U.S. parents want to sue Russian Foreign Ministry's rights commissioner - newspaper

Statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights commissioner, Konstantin Dolgov, about violence allegedly committed against children at the Ranch for Kids rehabilitation center, U.S., have angered American adoptive families, the Kommersant daily wrote on Friday.

"The adoptive parents of children who have taken rehabilitation treatment at the ranch are preparing lawsuits, and they could be joined by the host of the ranch, Joyce Sterkel," it said.

If police had received such information, it would have reacted, or the sheriff and district attorney would have lost their jobs immediately, Sterkel said in an interview with Kommersant.

An officer on duty said in response to the newspaper's inquiry that all incidents involving children are investigated by the district attorney's office, but so far no incidents involving violence against children at the Ranch for Kids have been reported.

"If anyone wants to take court action, they are free to do so," Dolgov told the newspaper.

"We act in strict accordance with international law and bilateral agreements with the U.S.," he said.

Dolgov also said that, "a large number of Russian children live at this rehabilitation center, handed over by their adoptive parents, by all accounts, for unspecified terms and for unclear reasons."

Dolgov earlier claimed that the Russian Foreign Ministry has questions about the Ranch for Kids, located in Montana, to which Russian officials were denied access in the summer of 2012, according to Kommersant.

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