Russian diplomats taking steps to return brother of adoptive child who died in U.S. - Putin's spokesman

Russian diplomats are taking measures to return home Kirill Kuzmin (Kristopher Shatto), the brother of Maxim Kuzmin (Max Shatto), who died recently in an adoptive family in the U.S., Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

He admitted, however, that this process involves legal issues, as "the adoption act was carried out legally and complied with our law."

"They [Russian diplomats] are already taking certain steps to return [Kirill Kuzmin]. There are very complicated legal circumstances related to the possibility of such return. Nevertheless, certain measures are being taken in America, including through our diplomats," Peskov said on Dozhd online television channel on Saturday.

"The issue has become so uncompromising chiefly due to the need to return him [Kirill-Kristopher] from that family, because the children might have been cared for poorly in this family, and this is alarming," Peskov said. "There have also been reports that they [the children] were given various potent medications, which could have harmed them," he said.

"Therefore, any danger to the kid remaining in this family should be ruled out above all," he said.

"We are talking about his return to Russia. As the adoption act was carried out legally and complied with our law, there is some problem about legally ensuring such return," he said.

In commenting on a procession and rally 'In Children's Defense' in Moscow on Saturday and its participants' appeal to the president to help return Kirill Kuzmin to Russia, Peskov said, "This confirms yet again that the problem has evoked an extremely painful and sensitive response in our people."

Peskov said he was sure the president would be informed of the address by the rally participants.

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