Putin signs bill banning U.S. adoptions of Russian kids

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putinMOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed into law a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

The law becomes effective Jan. 1.

The action could affect hundreds of American families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.

The move by Russian politicians is widely seen as retaliation for a law that President Barack Obama signed on Dec.14. That bill, called the Magnitsky Act, imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.

The Magnitsky Act is named in honor of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the largest tax fraud in the country’s history in the form of rebates claimed by government officials who stole money from the state. Magnitsky died in 2009 after a year in a Moscow detention center, apparently beaten to death.

The Russian bill’s implementation nullifies a recent agreement between the United States and Russia in which the countries agreed to additional safeguards to protect children and parties involved in inter-country adoptions.

Backers of the Russian bill said American adoptive parents have been abusive to their adopted children, citing 19 deaths of Russian kids since the 1990s.

In 2010, an American woman caused outrage after she sent her adopted son back to Russia alone on a one-way flight, saying the boy, then 7, had violent episodes that made her family fear for its safety.


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  • Jeff

    Good, maybe those American's will adopt American children who don't have families. I'm all for helping people in other countries I just think that when it comes to some issues we need to do more for Americans who are here and in need more than we help other countries. I can't understand someone passing up a child who is already a) in need, and b) already using your tax dollars to survive, to adopt someone from another country (albiet generous and honorable). Please people all I'm saying is please look at American Babies before you hop the pond to adopt, who knows maybe one of those kids could be the next Einstein.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    Jeff does have a very good point. While it's not a bad thing to help or adopt children from other countries, wouldn't it make more sense to start with helping the kids from your own country first?

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