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Statement on the Death of Max Shatto/Maksim Kuzmin

February 19, 2013

We deeply regret the recent death of Max Shatto in Texas.  A child’s loss of life, whether in the U.S., Russia, or any other country, is always a tragedy.  At this early stage it would be irresponsible to draw conclusions about the death or assign guilt before autopsy results are analyzed and an investigation is carried out.  Throughout the weeks since this terrible incident, State Department and local authorities have worked closely with Russian consular officials in Houston, facilitating consular access to Max’s sibling as well.  We will continue to work closely and cooperate with Russian authorities on this matter as part of our long-standing commitment to the welfare of children adopted from abroad.