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Abuse, deaths, prompt Russian to adopt new rules


Changes to the law will be too late to help little Luke Evans of Lowell.

Prosecutors say the 16-month-old Russian adoptee was shaken to death by his adoptive mother in November 2001.

Natalie Fabian Evans was charged with murder 13 months later but has yet to face a jury. Her trial is scheduled to begin June 19.

In response to news reports that more than 10 Russian children adopted by American parents have died by neglect or violence since 1991, Russian officials passed an amendment in May prohibiting foreign, independent adoptions through unlicensed agencies....

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