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Pitt Law Alum and Russian Child Rights Commissar Pavel Astakhov Subject of New York Times Article

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February 25, 2013

Years before he became Russia’s commissar for children’s rights, the most senior official in charge of advocating for that country's recent ban on American adoptions of Russian children, Pavel Astakhov, ’02, earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Pitt Law. Known almost as much for his celebrity lawyer status in Russia (he’s appeared on a televised courtroom reality show, radio programs, and in several nonfiction and fiction book series that all carry his name) as for his very public accusations against American adoptive parents, Astakhov is quick to defend his allegiance to the United States.

“Don’t present me as an America-hater,” he said after a recent news conference. “I am a fighter for the rights of Russian children. I am fighting with those who violate children’s rights.” According to the New York Times article, Astakhov has called America his “second motherland.”

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