Thank you for the tip on the FB photo, @LaborDayRN. To me those boys look what I would call 'southwest Asian' or Middle Eastern - ranging loosely from Chechnya and Armenia to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and the Arabian peninsula. Given the boundaries of the present-day Russian state and the ethnic blending that occurred during the USSR years when so many Soviet citizens were relocated based on skill sets, population management by Soviet leadership, and purely political rationales, I'd certainly not consider them as NOT looking "Russian" nationality-wise, even though ethnically their biological relatives likely did not originate in historically Russian geographic territory. I wonder if ethnic prejudice or strife played some part in the boys' becoming first wards of the Russian child welfare system, and then international adoptees. The article posted by @human about the conditions in Russian orphanages matches what I'd previously learned about child 'care' facilities in Russia and other former Soviet-bloc states. Several years of pervasive neglect and abuse in infancy could certainly explain one or both of the boys presenting profound, difficult-to-treat psychological and social deficits. This child's psyche may have been broken by being warehoused long before the Eckert parents knew he existed.