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By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 6:27 p.m.

COLLEGEVILLE — A couple from the Philadelphia area say they are shocked and hurt by accusations of mistreatment by an adopted son who left and went back to Russia.

Alexander Abnosov, 18, who was renamed Joshua Salotti when he and another youth were adopted five years ago, told Russian state-controlled media that his adoptive family treated him badly and that he lived on the streets of Philadelphia and stole just to survive.

Steve and Jackie Salotti of suburban Collegeville told WPVI-TV that they adopted the two 13-year-old boys in 2008 after raising three children of their own.

They said Josh's behavior changed when he turned 18 and went on a trip back to Russia, where he was introduced to drugs and alcohol. After that, the Salottis said, Josh chafed at rules, including drug testing, counseling and a curfew, and chose to return to Russia.

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