Russian orphan adopted in the United States Alexei Klimov, who is being searched for in the U.S., has been found after 18 months and now he is facing prison for escaping from his adoptive family, where his mother knocked out his teeth, Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said.
"I talked with him on the telephone yesterday, all his documents are being restored now. And the most interesting thing is that he is on the wanted list [in the United States] and he is currently receiving a social security number, it is a number for his social security, but the police do not know where he is and no one can find him!" Astakhov said in an interview with Interfax.
Klimov was found thanks to the efforts of "caring U.S. citizens," who directly contacted the Russian authorities, not the police, Astakhov said. The commissioner said he was aware of where the teenager was and was in touch with him via telephone.
The teenager is facing a prison term because the child, who escaped from his adoptive family, committed a crime, breaking U.S. laws, Astakhov said.
"But a different danger [for the boy] emerges here. They [the U.S.] perceive his escape from his family as an offence. Big politics could play its part and Alexei could be detained and sent to prison. This is what could happen," the commissioner said.
"This is why we are urging the authorities to handle his future humanely and not punish him for escaping - he escaped from violence, his adoptive mother knocked out his front teeth with a boot, he told me all about it himself," Astakhov said.
Klimov does not want to return to Russia and plans to continue studying and to find a job in the United States, Astakhov said.
The story of three Russian orphans - Alexei, Anastasia and Svetlana Klimov (born in 1995, 1996 and 1998, respectively) adopted in 2003 by Michael and Penny Deckert and brought to Texas - caused a public outcry in April 2013 when one of the girls complained about the violence within her adoptive family to the Russian Embassy.
Then the Russian Investigative Committee began a procedural investigation and Astakhov took the situation with the children under his control.
A U.S. court later stripped the Deckert couple of their parental rights and Anastasia and Svetlana Klimov found a new family. Meanwhile, the fate of their brother Alexei was unknown for a long time because, according to the information of Astakhov, the boy escaped from the Deckert family in summer 2012 due to the violence of his adoptive parents. The U.S. authorities could not tell Russia back then where Alexei was, having said that the teenager was placed on the wanted list.
The complete interview of Astakhov will be posted on the website of Interfax.
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