Topic: US Adoption Ban
MOSCOW, December 29 (RIA Novosti) - A deputy from Russia’s ruling United Russia party, Robert Shlegel, has submitted to the State Duma an amendment to a controversial law banning adoption of Russian children by American families to try to make exceptions for disabled children, Shlegel wrote on his Twitter microblog on Friday.
Shlegel said he decided to submit the amendment to the lower house of parliament because a total adoption ban would mean some disabled children might be unable to find their family.
Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the adoption ban law on Friday, the US State Department called the measure “politically motivated.”
“We deeply regret Russia’s passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on Friday. “The Russian government’s politically motivated decision will reduce adoption possibilities for children who are now under institutional care.”
The adoption ban is part of Russia’s response to the US Magnitsky Act, which was signed into law by US President Barack Obama earlier this month. The Russian public has been largely supportive of the bill, with 56 percent of respondents in an opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) saying they backed a ban on US nationals adopting Russian children.
The Magnitsky Act calls for US travel and financial sanctions against Russian citizens deemed by the American government to have violated human rights. It is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblowing Russian lawyer who died in a Moscow pre-trial detention center in 2009 after accusing officials of being involved in a multi-million dollar tax fraud scheme.
Critics of the adoption ban said it would keep tens of thousands of children, especially those with disabilities, in Russia’s orphanage system. Figures from the US State Department show more than 60,000 Russian children adopted by American families in the last 20 years, including 962 last year.
Russian officials blame US adoptive parents for the deaths of at least 19 of those children. The adoption ban is named for Dima Yakovlev (Chase Harrison), a Russian toddler who died of heatstroke in 2008 after his American adoptive father left him in an overheated car for hours.
The ban goes into effect on January 1, halting the adoption of 46 Russian children by US families whose cases are currently being processed.
A number of Russian ministers, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have criticized the bill, which was approved by the State Duma - the lower house of parliament - on December 21 and by the Federation Council - the upper house - on Wednesday.
While the adoption ban is the most controversial aspect of the proposed legislation, the bill puts forward other retaliatory measures as well, such as banning alleged US abusers of Russian citizens’ rights from entering Russia and freezing any assets they may have there.
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- mrgenieJust like society10:23, 29/12/2012As in Russian society, you have the Uebermensch and Untermensch in Russia. Russian burocracy has the same marks on children. Ueberchildren who are "flawless" and those with "flaws", invalid children. The Russians who adopt children mostly adopt only "good" children, leaving those with "flaws" alone without the option to grow up in a normal family. This especially hits those children, as in most cases these "retarded, invalid, etc" children are for the "export"
Of those children, the poorer, 19 out of 60.000 had had an unlucky fortune in the States.
And this should be a reason for US families not to adopt "retards, invalids, etc?"
In Russia, police officers threw children out of windows and many even worse things happened. And not only to 19 children a year, but definitely more. So, if Putin is a man of his word, he must now forbid all Russians to have Russian children.
And the Russian people support Putin in this. ROFL..
No wonder why all Russians with high IQ either work for foreign companies or already left our country.
- Wolfgang9Typical Nonsense,12:43, 29/12/2012of a Russian emigrant. When the first wave of Russian emigrants AFTER the breakoff of the Soviet Union arrived in the US (there were three waves before as Solshenitsyn writes in his memories, the third wave almost only Jews which were supposed to go to Israel but did not like that) I could hear all those lies and trash talking that I could easily identify as lies since I grew up in East Germany and knew the Soviet Union. And I told my friends in the US they should NEVER believe in what a Russian emigrant would be telling them. Read the memories of Solshenitsyn from his years in the US and you will find out the same fact!
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