The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on human trafficking in the United States of children adopted in Russia, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

"The Russian Investigative Committee investigative directorate for the Northwestern Federal District has held a procedural check of information regarding the transfer of adopted Russian children to other families and violations of their rights, which were revealed during the investigation of journalists from the Reuters agency and the NBC TV channel," Markin said.

Following the inspection, a criminal case based on evidence of the crime stipulated by the article on human trafficking of minors by two or more individuals has been opened, Markin said.

"Investigators believe that illegal exchanges were established in the United States using Internet resources such as Yahoo and Facebook, in which illegal deals on children adopted by U.S. citizens were concluded," the spokesman said.

"Thus, among others, deals on 26 underage Russian citizens have been concluded and it has been determined that some of them were sexually abused following these deals," Markin said.

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