The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Russian adoptions" ...
Russia’s state-owned natural gas company says the U.S. shale-gas boom is economically unsustainable — and it’s buttressing its claim with financial data collected by an American consulting firm located less than 20 miles from the White House. Moscow-based Gazprom, the world’s largest gas company, is working with Pace Global Energy Services, a consulting firm in Fairfax, Virginia, to analyze how much money U.S. gas companies are spending on hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Gazprom, citing the Virginia company’s data, says the true costs of U.S. shale-gas production are upwards of 150% higher than the revenues its practitioners have been reaping in the last few years. Gazprom says this will ultimately lead to the demise of fracking-based shale-gas drilling in the US and other countries that are considering adopting it. But Gazprom’s critics say the company and its unlikely Washington-area ally are spreading “myths and misconceptions” about the U.S.-led shale-gas gas boom so that European and Asian countries will not develop their own shale plays, and will instead continue to buy conventional Russian gas.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's two-part special report on American families adopting Russian children. The report looks at adoptive families that have encountered corruption, a lack of regulations and troubled orphans that they couldn't handle.
Tags: international adoption; Russian adoptions; adoption regulations; corruption; orphans; baby brokers; adoptions; intercountry adoption; troubled children; Pittsburgh; International Adoption Resource Center; University of Pittsburgh
Westword reports on a family who adopted a Russian daughter, but wound up with a court case. The Thomases' newly adopted daughter, Elena, wasn't adjusting well to her new family. The family itself seemed to be falling apart. When Mrs. Thomas offered to let a Texas couple adopt her away from them she was charged with felonious trafficking of a child.
The investigation uncovered adoption agencies and lawyers who paid pregnant Russian women to come to the United States illegally and give up their newborns for adoption. Not only is this type of adoption controversial in the United States, it is illegal in Russia. The story focused on one adoption agency in Louisiana, Special Delivery Adoption Services, which hired Russian brokers with organized crime connections to recruit pregnant women for the scheme.
"Whipping Boy" is the story of a well-to-do Colorado woman who allegedly beat to death her adopted, 2-year-old Russian son. Because the death occurred in a rural town in the northern reaches of the state, the case did not receive a great deal of press attention in Denver. The obituary asked that in lieu of lowers, donations be sent in the child's name to The Attachment Center in Evergreen, Colorado. The clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of attachment and bonding disorders. Through FOIA requests, Westword obtained autopsy reports and police investigative reports that had not been previously released to the media. The investigation ultimately discovered that the woman's defense would hinge on the fact that her son suffered from attachment disorder, and that somehow, because of that affliction, he was to be considered the instrument of his own death.(October 10, 1996)