Kremlin denies receiving letter from Chelyabinsk boy wanting to be adopted by U.S. family
The Kremlin has not received a letter addressed to President Vladimir Putin by 14-year-old Maxim Kargopoltsev from the Chelyabinsk orphanage asking the president to sanction his adoption by an American family, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"What I can say at the moment is that the reports that the boy sent such a letter have not been confirmed," Peskov said following an inquiry.
"We have checked everything very carefully: the presidential secretariat has not received any letter," he said.
The Kremlin "has checked all possible channels through which it could have passed, and it has not been found," he said.
"We treat such addresses to the president in a most careful way," Peskov said. "In this connection, we have taken a number of steps to verify the information published by the media," he said.
Denis Matsko, the director of the Chelyabinsk orphanage, had told Interfax earlier that the teenager whom U.S. citizens wanted to adopt did not write a letter to State Duma deputies and the president to ask them to allow his departure to the United States.
"This is just a journalistic invention. A web portal approached us with a proposal that we stage an inmate's address to the president. Surely, I refused to stage such a show, and they published this lie," Matsko said.
A number of media outlets reported earlier that Kargopoltsev, who is suffering a rare genetic disorder, forwarded a letter to State Duma deputies and the president asking them to allow a U.S. family to be his adoptive parents.
Matsko insisted that Kargopoltsev has no genetic disorders.
President Vladimir Putin signed into law the bill "On measures affecting individuals responsible for violating fundamental human rights and freedoms and rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation" at the end of 2012. The law, in particular, bans the adoption of Russian citizens by U.S. citizens, so terminating the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children signed in Washington on July 13, 2011.