When asked about the death of Maxim Kuzmin (Max Shatto), a Russian boy adopted earlier by a U.S. family, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on the Russian public "to moderate emotions" and wait until forensic medical analysis findings are made public.
"This can't be qualified as a murder or an accident until there is proof. What is obvious and undeniable is that there were bruises on the child's body, and we hope forensic medical analysis will determine the origin of these bruises," Peskov said on Dozhd television.
"I would deem it necessary to moderate emotions a bit," he said. "The very fact of a child's death is a tragedy that can cause outcry in Russian public opinion, which is what has actually happened."
He suggested that further conclusions should be made only after Kuzmin's autopsy results are released.
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