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Putin Propaganda: Texas Mother Accused of Murdering Adopted Russian Son

Firing up the proletariat with anti-Americanism: hey, it worked last time.

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February 22, 2013 - 11:42 am
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Without apologizing, he began attacking the American mother for leaving her child unattended on the playground steps from his front door. “I think that a criminal inquiry will be opened anyway because even if she is not found guilty of murder she will face negligence charges,” Astakhov told Russian television. He referred to no facts of any kind establishing such negligence.

Meanwhile, Astakhov completely ignored the common Russian practice of failing to disclose serious medical conditions that are typical in adoptive children, which could have led the boy’s mother to be oblivious of serious risks to his health and life. He did not pause to consider whether his credibility in making a new set of allegations might not have been fatally destroyed after his first set of lies had been exposed.

In Astakhov’s eyes, and in the eyes of many Russians, Americans are simply guilty until proven innocent. And maybe they’re guilty even then. Russians like Astakhov spend their lives waiting for any excuse to lash out at the United States, maintaining the same attitude towards the U.S. that the USSR had.

And why would anyone think it would be any different? If Americans had “lost” the Cold War, would they have adopted the USSR’s worldview and rejected democracy? Or would they have continued to struggle for their cause, as did the Polish and French underground movements during World War II? Some of us imagine that the Soviet system was entirely out of favor with Russians, who secretly yearned to breathe free just like Americans. It wasn’t true. We’ve seen Russians choose to hand unchecked power for life to Vladimir Putin, a proud KGB spy whose every waking moment is spent seeking to restore the Soviet dictatorship and to wipe out American values within its borders.

Astakhov likely believes he can get away with acting like he never accused an American mother of murdering her child because of the success Putin has had in liquidating critical media and opposition politicians. There is literally nobody left who will challenge Astakhov’s actions on broadcast television, the main source of news for Russia, permitting him to essentially create a parallel universe in which the vast majority of citizens know only what the government wants them to know.

And Barack Obama’s policy of appeasement towards the Kremlin means that nobody outside Russia is going to mount a serious challenge, either.

Little wonder, then, that anti-Americanism is so pervasive in Russia, with most Russians supporting a ban on adoptions by Americans and viewing the U.S. as a force for evil in the world.

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This is a sad death, but it is true. Associated Press | 1 comment

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A 3-year-old boy whose death fueled a fight over American adoptions of Russian children was brought into a West Texas hospital unresponsive and bruised on several parts of his body, a medical examiner's investigator said Tuesday.

Read more: Texas official: Bruises found on dead Russian boy - Mywesttexas.com: Top Stories http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_3d32662c-7aea-11e2-b512-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2LrUF8QWq
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An autopsy is being done in Dallas, Tx , results are not yet in.
1 year ago
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The adoption ban is sad because a majority of Russian kids are adopted by Americans. Russians themselves have a cultural bias against adopting from outside "the collective." They reason, "why should I take care of someone's cast off? There must be something wrong with them if their parents don't want them." Yet there are 13 abortions for every 10 live births in Russia.
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It is amazing to me to see how the Russian government continues to steer its populace to suspect, loathe and vilify Americans. I was there last year during the presidential elections and was personally interrogated by Russian citizens. Here is a sampling of what I was asked: "Who won World War II?" (Whew. I answered the Allies. That was satisfactory for them) "Why does America place such double standards on Russia?" (Huh? And your government doesn't live and rule by double standards?) "Answer quickly, you American, why are you here and what do you like about Russia? (The people! yikes!)
All during the week before elections and thereafter, the government - through the press - continued to blame America for the sins of the world; meddling into their affairs by inciting protests, etc. and etc. Even my lovely translator told me that there is a general feeling in Russia that when bad things happen to America, there is a righteous satisfaction where Russians feel, "well, now they know how it feels."
I told my translator that they may feel that way about us, but we don't feel that way about them. Finally, a thaw and a smile.
1 year ago
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ABC posted a Russian video not a month ago of a 1 year old infant that was thrown from a vehicle when it lost control and its back bumper was hit by a semi. The driver scrambled out to scoop up the girl just before another semi ran her over. Astakhov, take the board out of your own eye.
1 year ago
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I'm surprised Astakhov would recant at all. Russians have an Eastern "saving face" mentality which usually prevents Russians from apologizing. In any case Ukrainian children can still be adopted.
1 year ago
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Where have you heard that?
1 year ago
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What, the Ukrainian adoptions? A guy in our office and his wife are going through the steps to adopt a sibling group from Ukraine. I hadn't heard that Ukraine was following Russia's lead. Not positive, but pretty sure.
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