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About 1,600 Russian children were adopted in the US last year and about 60,000 since 1991 according to Kremlin figures. The number has dwindled in the past decade because of growing programs there to boost foster care and local adoption.

The US State Department says that Russia – with 1,586 adoptions (down from a high of 5,862 in 2004) was the third most popular adoption country in 2009, behind China (3,001) and Ethiopia (2,227).

Ms. Hansen wrote a note to the Russian Ministry of Education in which she said, “This child is mentally unstable. He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues/behaviors. I was lied to and misled by the Russian Orphanage workers and director regarding his mental stability and other issues.”

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called the boy’s abrupt return “a monstrous deed” and told ABC News that he had a “special concern” about the recent treatment of Russian children adopted by Americans.

Such words give experts pause.

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