Court finds adoption of brother of Maxim Kuzmin, who died in U.S., illegal, rules to cancel it

The Pskov regional court has ruled that the adoption of Kirill Kuzmin, brother of Maxim Kuzmin who died in the United States, by the Shatto family was illegal and that it should be cancelled.

The Pskov regional court has ruled that the adoption of Kirill Kuzmin, brother of Maxim Kuzmin who died in the United States, by the Shatto family was illegal and that it should be cancelled.

According to the court ruling, the registry should cancel the adoption of Kirill Kuzmin and restore initial information on his surname, name, place of birth and parents in the boy's birth certificate.

The court also ruled to give the child to the guardianship authorities of the Pskov region in order to decide the boy's future.

It has been reported that on February 18, 2013 Maxim Kuzmin, age 3, died tragically in Texas. Maxim and his brother Kirill were brought up in the Pechorsky orphanage prior to their adoption in 2012. Kirill Kuzmin currently remains with his adoptive parents in the U.S.

The social protection department of the Pskov region filed a lawsuit against U.S. citizens Alan and Laura Shatto on June 26. According to the court ruling, employees of the regional orphanage and the prosecutor's office of the Pskov region were held as third parties in the case.

The Shatto couple did not appear in court, though they have been informed of the necessity. The reasons of their not coming to the court hearing are unknown.

Upon the request of the prosecutor's office the case was heard behind closed doors due to the fact that the information obtained during the case consideration related in particular to adoption and medical confidentiality.

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