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Teen back in Russia cites US mistreatment

Alexander Abnosov, shown with his US passport, said he lived on the streets and stole to survive.

Nikolay Alexandrov/Associated Press

Alexander Abnosov, shown with his US passport, said he lived on the streets and stole to survive.

MOSCOW — A teenager adopted by an American couple has returned to Russia, claiming that his adoptive family treated him badly and that he lived on the streets of Philadelphia and stole just to survive, Russian state media reported.

The allegations by Alexander Abnosov, who was adopted around five years ago and is now 18, will probably fuel outrage here over the fate of Russian children adopted by Americans. It is an anger that the Kremlin has carefully stoked in recent months to justify its controversial ban on US adoptions.

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Russia’s Channel 1 and Rossiya television — which are both state controlled — reported Tuesday that Abnosov returned from a Philadelphia suburb to the Volga river city of Cheboksary, where his 72-year-old grandmother lives.

Russian media identified the teen as Alexander Abnosov and showed him with a US passport that gives his name as Joshua Alexander Salotti.

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Abnosov complained to Rossiya that his adoptive mother was ‘‘nagging at small things.’’

The newspaper said it reached Abnosov’s adoptive mother, who denied driving him away. She was quoted as saying he was asked to come home, but said he wanted to return to Russia, where he has relatives to care for.

Associated Press

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