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BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Friday a controversial measure which will ban U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children. Al Jazeera has more.

“Rights groups say it will impact thousands of children in Russia’s crowded orphanage system. It’s been seen as a reaction to Washington’s Magnitsky Act passed in November.”  

USA Today explains the Magnitsky Act imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia. It’s named in honor of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death in a Russian prison after uncovering the country’s largest tax fraud in history. 

The Kremlin has been accused of using the act to play politics against the U.S. with its own children. But a BBC correspondent in Moscow says the law does more than just ban American families from adopting Russian orphans …

“In retaliation, this law in effect bans U.S. officials from coming to Russia — U.S. officials who have been committed abuses and crimes against Russian citizens. It also shut’s down NGOs in Russia … ” 

The Washington Post reports, “Over the past 20 years, 60,000 Russians have been adopted by Americans, and officials [say] the measure [will] block the pending adoptions of 46 children.” 

And according to CNN, nearly 1,000 Russian children were adopted last year by U.S. families, making Russia the third most popular country to adopt from behind China and Ethiopia. The Christian Services Adoption Agency in Russia says hospitals will now be overwhelmed with orphan children because of the new ban.

“I think it’s very sad. It is no secret that most children are adopted by people in the United States, children who would otherwise be left here. I can’t even imagine who will take them. I think this will lead to a systemic crisis.”  

Rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the ban. The new law is set to take effect beginning January 1st.

Putin Signs Controversial Anti-U.S. Adoption Bill into Law

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Dec 28, 2012

Putin Signs Controversial Anti-U.S. Adoption Bill into Law

 

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Friday a controversial measure which will ban U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children. Al Jazeera has more.

“Rights groups say it will impact thousands of children in Russia’s crowded orphanage system. It’s been seen as a reaction to Washington’s Magnitsky Act passed in November.”  

USA Today explains the Magnitsky Act imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia. It’s named in honor of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death in a Russian prison after uncovering the country’s largest tax fraud in history. 

The Kremlin has been accused of using the act to play politics against the U.S. with its own children. But a BBC correspondent in Moscow says the law does more than just ban American families from adopting Russian orphans …

“In retaliation, this law in effect bans U.S. officials from coming to Russia — U.S. officials who have been committed abuses and crimes against Russian citizens. It also shut’s down NGOs in Russia … ” 

The Washington Post reports, “Over the past 20 years, 60,000 Russians have been adopted by Americans, and officials [say] the measure [will] block the pending adoptions of 46 children.” 

And according to CNN, nearly 1,000 Russian children were adopted last year by U.S. families, making Russia the third most popular country to adopt from behind China and Ethiopia. The Christian Services Adoption Agency in Russia says hospitals will now be overwhelmed with orphan children because of the new ban.

“I think it’s very sad. It is no secret that most children are adopted by people in the United States, children who would otherwise be left here. I can’t even imagine who will take them. I think this will lead to a systemic crisis.”  

Rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the ban. The new law is set to take effect beginning January 1st.

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