The death of a Texas toddler adopted from Russia is threatening to "screw up US-Russian relations even more," writes Business Insider
's Adam Taylor.
Following last years's spiteful, but nonetheless popular ban
by Russian authorities on adoptions of their little ones by Americans, 3-year-old Max Alan Shatto of Gardendale, Texas died this week of unknown causes. And while an autopsy is currently underway, reports suggest
the boy may have been abused, and the local Medical Examiner's Office discovered bruises on Shatton's body.
It's a tragedy that threatens to undo any effort to reverse the adoption ban, which is actually backed by a majority of Russians despite the awful conditions of their country's orphanages, claims Taylor.
"The effect of this story is two-fold," he writes. "First, it helps neuter the arguments of those in Russia who have protested against the ban - it's virtually impossible to argue with the death of a child; second, it adds fuel to the widespread anti-Americanism in Russia that is only likely to grow."
Via Business Insider and the New York Times