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The death of Max Shatto, an adopted 3-year-old Russian boy in Texas, has been ruled an accident, amid ongoing tensions over the case between the US and Moscow.

Max Shatto, adopted from a Russian orphanage, died in Texas on January 21.

Russia’s children’s commissioner has questioned the findings of the US investigation, saying the boy has become a “victim of big politics”.

Pavel Astakhov sparked controversy last month, alleging he had been murdered by his adoptive mother.

Four doctors in Texas concluded that Max Shatto, born Maksim Kuzmin, had died accidentally from a torn artery in his abdomen and had bruises consistent with injuring himself, a statement said.

After reviewing the results of his post mortem examination, the doctors said the child’s adoptive parents had done nothing wrong.

Russian parliamentarians have called for Max Shatto’s brother to be returned to Russia, and have used the death to justify a ban on adoptions to America.

Pavel Astakhov had initially broken news of the death on Twitter, saying the child’s adoptive mother had killed him.

On Saturday, he returned to Twitter to say that Russian legal officials should seek access to all the documents surrounding Max Shatto’s death.

Max Shatto, adopted from a Russian orphanage, died in Texas on January 21

Max Shatto, adopted from a Russian orphanage, died in Texas on January 21

The medical examiner in Ector County, Texas, said Max Shatto’s death was not intentional, according to Sheriff Mark Donaldson and District Attorney Bobby Bland.

Autopsy results showed that bruises on several parts of Max Shatto’s body were self-inflicted and it was reported that the child had a mental disorder which had caused him to hurt himself.

“I had four doctors agree that this is the result of an accident,” Bobby Bland said.

“We have to take that as fact.”

However, the investigation over what happened was still continuing, officials added.

The prosecutor said that he would see whether to pursue charges such as negligent supervision or injury to a child by omission, after the full results of the investigation were available.

Max Shatto was reportedly found unresponsive outside the family home in Gardendale, Texas on January 21. He had been adopted, along with his half-brother Kristopher, last autumn.

The Russian consul general in Houston, Alexander Zakharov, said he wanted to see the official report from authorities before commenting on the announcement.

Max Shatto’s death came just three weeks after the Russian parliament, the Duma, enacted legislation ending all adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans – a move criticized by the US and by the opposition in Moscow.

The adoption ban has been viewed as retaliation for a law passed in the US that would stop Russian officials suspected of human right violations from coming to the US.

Russian authorities have said they are pursuing their own investigation into the death.

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US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has warned against “the sensational exploitations of human tragedy” after Russian officials accused an American woman of murdering her adopted Russian son, Max Shatto.

Michael McFaul said the US had been working behind the scenes with Russian diplomats after Max Shatto’s death.

Three-year-old Max Shatto died in January. He was adopted from a Russian orphanage.

Officials and parliamentarians have regularly used the death to justify a recent ban on adoptions to America.

In a blog post on Friday, Michael McFaul said that he was “distressed about a number of issues surrounding the tragic death”, including the way that the US and its diplomats were being portrayed by some Russian commentators.

The ambassador said that “a thorough investigation to discover exactly what happened to Max was still under way” and that investigators are abiding by an important principle in American society: “the idea that one is innocent until proven guilty”.

Michael McFaul added that while he was “saddened and appalled” that 20 children adopted from Russia to the US over the last two decades had died, he was proud that more than 60,000 others “have had the opportunity to enjoy loving parents, new families, and countless opportunities in America”.

“It is time for sensational exploitations of human tragedy to end and for professional work between our two countries to grow, on this issue and many others,” Michael McFaul said.

Russian officials and parliamentarians have regularly used Max Shatto’s death to justify a recent ban on adoptions to America

Russian officials and parliamentarians have regularly used Max Shatto’s death to justify a recent ban on adoptions to America

News of Max Shatto’s death led to an angry reaction in Russia, where he was known as Maxim Kuzmin.

Outraged officials said that he may have been badly beaten and abused.

Russia’s top investigative body on Wednesday opened a murder inquiry into the case.

Earlier in the week, the Russian children’s commissioner went on Twitter to say that Max Shatto had been murdered by his adoptive mother Laura Shatto.

Russia banned adoptions to the US from the beginning of January in retaliation for an American law know as the Magnitsky Act – which blacklists Russian officials accused of rights abuses.

The US act was named after anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whose death in Russian custody became a symbol of the fight against corruption in Russia and soured relations between the two countries.

Some 3,400 Russian children were adopted by foreign families in 2011, with almost a third of the children going to American homes.

In the past two decades, Americans have adopted more than 60,000 Russian children.

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