Topic: US Adoption Ban
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MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti) - President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a controversial bill that imposes a ban on adoption of Russian children by Americans and other retaliatory measures targeting the United States.
Despite protests from liberal-minded bloggers and civic groups, as well as some top officials in the Russian government, the ban on American adoptions will come into force on January 1, 2013.
The ban is part of Russia’s tit-for-tat response to the US Magnitsky Act, which was signed into law by US President Barack Obama earlier this month. The act introduces sanctions against Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses and is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblowing lawyer who died in a Moscow pre-trial detention center in 2009.
The adoption ban is the most debated aspect of the proposed legislation, which also sets a visa ban on alleged US abusers of Russian citizens’ rights and freezes any assets they may have in Russia; bans political non-governmental organizations that receive US funding and bars US citizens from working for politically active NGOs in Russia. The legislation would also bar Russian organizations from facilitating adoptions by US citizens.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that the list of banned officials has been drafted already, but won’t be published.
“I have not seen any reason why I should not sign it, although I have to consider the final version and think everything over,” Putin said Thursday.
Critics of the bill have insisted that the measure is politically motivated and would strand tens of thousands of children, especially those with disabilities, in Russia’s dilapidated orphanage system.
Since 1999, families in the United States have adopted more than 45,000 Russian children, including 962 last year, according to the US State Department.
Russian officials blame US adoptive parents for the deaths of at least 19 of these children.
The law will come into force on January 1, 2013, halting the adoption of 46 Russian children by US families whose cases are currently being processed.
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- moistGood! Keep these children safe...15:59, 28/12/2012...and create conditions for them to live and prosper on their native soil.
Meanwhile,and while another orgy of unison hate and Russophobia starts in their propaganda conglomerates, is this enough?
I don´t think so. An import ban from American "food" would certainly bite their ailing economy where it hurts and give the intended message in a language they understands perfectly well, like we did in Georgia and are doing for the Syrian people now.
- arsanlupinCertainly – I agree completely!!04:50, 30/12/2012Leave all those children in Russian Orphanages and Russian foster families – where they are dying at a rate 65 times as much as they have been in the USA. Why send 70,000 Russian orphans to America, where 19 of them died? Keep them in Russia, where 1220 died in the same time period! Nothing but the best for Russia’s children! It will better prepare them for adulthood, where all of the military recruits are used as slave labor for their commanding officers’ profit, where their seniors mercilessly haze and beat and brutalize them, killing more than 10,000 every year. It will also better prepare them for a life in a country where the median lifespan for men is less than 60 years old.
And of course there should also be a ban on American food imports into Russia – because Russia is the largest net food importer of all Middle Income Countries, it will spread the misery to all across the country. Let the people of Russia starve – it will annoy the Americans!
My God - your blind hatred (accent on the “blind”) would have you condemn thousands of Russian children to a life of suffering and abuse and premature death, simply to annoy the people of another country! What kind of mental disease ails you, to make you so subhuman? I’ll bet you’ve never even set foot in the former Soviet Union – no REAL Russian would be so deranged as you are. You are one very sick mother …
- hobbitofnyRussian Orthodox Prayer in response to the sad news.20:16, 28/12/2012O Lord Jesus Christ our God, forgive our iniquities. Through the intercessions of Thy most pure Mother, save the suffering Russian people from the yoke of the godless authority. Amen.
- Wolfgang9Thank you!19:33, 29/12/2012I'm whole heartedly behind Mr Putin!
It's good to have you back,
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