Anyone who fails to grasp the depth and breadth of Russia's anguished outrage over the case of Artyon Savelyev needs to visit this news round up page on the Russian Information Agency (RIA Novosti) website.
Seven-year-old Artyom was adopted just six months ago by American single mother Torry Hansen, who abruptly sent the boy packing back to Moscow on April 8, alone.
The RIA coverage of the case ranges from straightforward news reportage to an over-the-top editorial criticizing Hansen for renaming the child Justin:
As anyone who has been to school in an English-language speaking country will tell you, the vast majority of Justins are wusses who are inevitably the first to get stomped on when the bell goes for home time.
“On a rating of one to 10, with 10 the highest, I would say the name Justin is an eight on the wuss scale,” David Burghardt, a U.S. expat in Moscow told RIA.
While reasonable people may disagree as to the relative merits of the name Justin, there's no denying that this editorial reflects a deeper Russian perception that the child's essence, his Russian-ness, was callously disregarded by his adoptive mother. This is the angry hysteria that heartbreak brings. Russia is heartbroken. Just look at the tragic video of Artyom, celebrating his 8th birthday in an institution, alone, posted below.
We should ALL be heartbroken over this case, on Artyom's behalf.