I have been writing about the Dkystra case since 2008 when Brian Dkystra was charged and the story burst out of its Iowa City news ghetto, Nikto and the Daily Bastardette get frequent hits from the US State Department and Russian government sites (though it’s not possible to tell which sites) and I find it hard to believe that one or both didn’t stumble on the Dykstra case in their surf.. (Not to be facetious (but I will be anyway) perhaps the State Department and the Ministry pf Education and Science should put me on the payroll. I’ll be happy to report any abuse of Russian adoptees I find.)
Astakhov reported. The U.S. officials found it possible to make the case public only after the jury passed the verdict of not guilty.
“The Americans expressed regret over their inability to organize the timely information of the Russian authorities about the death of our little citizen (all the children, adopted in Russia, continue to be Russian citizens until they come of age), or the proper protection of the rights of the children, who fall victim to the offences,”
What can we even say about that last statement? “…inability to organize timely information?” This was information I’ve been writing about for three years and that adoption reform advocates were quite familiar with. It’s been posted on Facebook for pete’s sake! Yet the State department knew nothing? This simply is not acceptabale.
And if it’s not true…
Either way, State has some big explaining to do. Для Павел Алексе́евич: Не доверяйте Государственного департамента США. Прочитано Никто не забыт – ничто не забыто. Мы говорим правду!
Astakov’s official statement (in Russian) appears on the Russian-lanauge page of the Ministry of Education and Science, the agency that oversees Russian adoptions . Unfortunatley, it does not appear yet on the English lanauge page. (I’ll keep looking) In the meantime, I’ll use English lanauge versions of Itar-Tass and Russian publications.
Astakov told Reuters:
The American authorities have only now informed us (of this case). For almost six years they were silent and said nothing. It is inexcusabl,”…Nineteen of our children have died,” Astakhov said referring to all deaths of Russian-born children in the U.S. since 1991. “This situation is a permanent fiasco.”
In the past, Astakov has seemed willing to negotiate terms of adoption with the State Department, indicating that he wanted to see Russia-US adoption continue, but demanding regulations and enforcement tightened up. His latest statement from the Ministry indicates a harder, and for me, welcome stance. It’s nice to find a masculine voice in otherwise weepy AdoptionLand:
“the dangerous trend of the acquittal (this is not the first such case) and of keeping away from criminal responsibility of the American foster parents, who permitted the death of adopted Russian children deliberately or unintentionally, puts up insurmountable obstacles on the way of further adoption of Russian children by Americans and may result in its banning altogether.” (ITAR-Tass translation)
The Russian Investigative Committee, already running an investigation of the Craver debacle, has announced that it is opening a case file on Bian Dykstra. The IC press release is available in Russian only. It says in rough translation:
...our job is to protect the interests, life and health of Russian citizens and take comprehensive measures to bring the perpetrators to the established norms of the Russian and international law of responsibility. In addition, the leadership of the Investigative Committee agreed with the Commissioner of the President of the Russian Federation for Children’s Rights Pavel Astakhov for the prevention of crimes against Russian children adopted by American parents, to develop a mechanism to track their fate.
Reuters reports that the US State Department is preparing a response to Astakov’s statement We can’t wait.
Also see RIA Novosti