Last week I found a great Russian blog: Russian Videos from Russia hosted by Svet and Kyle Keeton in Moscow. For an expat in need of a daily dose of real life Russia, this is an ideal site. Documentaries, cartoons, liturgy, Soviet pop, ducks–they’ve got it all. I added Svet and Kyle to my Blog Catalog as a “friend” and linked their blog to this page. Over the weekend, much to my surprise Svet and Kyle posted some Russian news videos about the Kolya Emelyantsev and Dmitry Yakolev/Chase Harrison cases as well as a story on Russian domestic adoption. If you look quick you’ll see a possibly heretofore unpublished picture of Viktoria Bezhenova/Nina Hilt in the video (1/1). The videos are in English or with an English voice over. There is also a link to a new Russian advertising campaign encouraging domestic adoption. There’s no separate URL for the videos, just scroll down to July 27, 2008. большое спасибо


Services for Chase Harrison/Dmitry Yakolev were held last Wednesday (July 16) at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville. The Tuesday edition of Leesburg Today published a full account, “Purcellville Toddler Remembered.” Miles Harrison remained hospitalized, but a letter from him to Chase was read at the service: “I want you to know how much I love you and how much I will always love you,” Miles Harrison wrote, saying Chase would “always be our perfect gift.” He wrote of how he and Chase would sing together and how he would put Chase on his shoulders and march along to the Ohio State marching band…Chase was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery in Round Hill. So far, so good. I really don’t have much more to say about this incredibly sad event… Except… Memorial donations may be sent to Project Sunshine, c/o European Adoption Consultants Inc., 12608 Alameda Drive, Strongsville, OH 44149. Excuse me while I get sick. There now, I’m back Just when I thought the adoption industry couldn’t get any lower… Chase/Dima is the second EAC Russian child to die at the hands of Forever Families. In November 1998, Logan Higginbotham died of massive head injuries. Her adoptive mother Continue Reading →


Miles Harrison was indicted Monday on a charge of manslaughter in the July 8 death of his son Chase Harrison/Dmitry Yakolev. According to the Washington Post and other metro media, Harrison, came to the courthouse directly from the private psychiatric hospital he’s been holed up in since Dima’s death. At the brief arraignment Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Ian M. Rodway asked Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Marcus D. Williams to set bond at $10,000. The court refused defense attorney Peter Greenspun’s request for signature bond, but agreed to reduce bond to $5,000. Harrison was immediately arrested and cuffed. He bonded out in the afternoon. Harrison declined comments to the press. Greenspun, speaking of Harrison said, “”He’s doing okay, but he’s still pretty fragile.” One new piece of information was revealed in court documents: Harrison arrived at Project Solutions Group at about 6:45 AM which means that Chase/Dmitry was left in the hot sealed- up SUV for approximately nine hours. Temperature inside the Yukon could have reached as high as 180 degrees. According to Leesburg today, Harrison’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 27. I have other news on the case, which I will post separately in a little while.


This morning’s Washington Post reports that the Fairfax County Grand Jury could indict Miles Harrison on manslaughter charges as early as today. Harrison, reportedly suffering from nervous collapse at the scene of Dmitry/Chase’s death, later upgraded to a heart attack, remains in a private psychiatric hospital and has not been arrested. Herndon authorities agreed not to serve Harrison with a manslaughter warrant until his release, but Friday Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said they can’t hold off indefinitely. In the meantime, Herdon police have removed computers, a backpack, prescriptions, life insurance policies and Dmitry’s adoption information from the Harrison’s home and are re-checking information from interviews taken earlier. Miles Harrison has retained high profile Fairfax attorney Peter D. Greenspun to represent him. Greenspun previously defended Washington DC Sniper John Allen Muhammud, sports announcer Marv Albert, and Potomac, Maryland civic leader and “internet child predator” Rabbi David A Kaye.The April 2002 Washingtonian rated Greenspun the 14th best lawyer in Washington, DC, just below Ken Starr (#7), Monica Lewinsky’s attorney Plato Cocheris (#9) and Robert Bork (#13). A year and a half later, the Washingtonian named Greenspun one of the top 30 lawyers in the Washington DC metro area (#10) and Continue Reading →