New home expected for returned Russian boy

MOSCOW, June 1 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old boy who was returned to Russia by the U.S woman who adopted him is expected to go to a new home, a government official said in Moscow Tuesday.

Pavel Astakhov, the Russian children's ombudsman, said the boy is likely to be adopted by a Russian diplomatic family working in an English-speaking country, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.


Media reports said the boy, identified only as Artyom, had forgotten his native tongue when he arrived in Russia after less than a year in the United States.

Astakhov denies the reports, saying the boy speaks Russian well.

Artyom was sent back to Moscow April 8 carrying a note from his adoptive mother, Torry Hansen of Tennessee, saying she was returning him because he had psychological problems.

The case has been widely reported in Russia, leading to repeated calls for a ban on all foreign adoptions.

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