Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Russia may ban adoption of its children by Americans


There is a curious measure that the Russian parliament has voted on, banning adoption of Russian children or orphans by Americans.

This is in retaliation for an American law (the Magnitsky Act) which would prohibit Russians guilty of human rights violations from owning assets in the United States.

The New York Times story, by David Herzenhorn, is here

Putin may not sign the bill.

The issue is significant because many American couples (conceivably some gay couples) want to adopt Russian children. 

Update: Dec. 28

Putin has signed the law.  Expect more coverage on this. 

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