Friday, December 28, 2012

Russia Punishes U.S. By Blocking Adoption Of Russian Orphans

I heard on the radio this evening that Putin signed the bill.
Don't they see that this is an implicit admission that they are human rights violators. Maybe they just want us to feel less embarrassed about our own politicians.

By Hayes Brown posted from ThinkProgress Security on Dec 27, 2012

In retaliation for the United States placing sanctions on Russian human rights violators, the Russian parliament has passed a bill banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian orphans. The action comes after President Obama signed the so-called “Magnitsky Act,” named for a Russian lawyer who died while in prison, into law on Dec. 14.

The Russians are responding with the Dima Yakovlev bill. The measure commemorates a young boy adopted from Russia who later died in the U.S and places travel sanctions on those Americans whom Russia has deemed violate the human rights of Russian citizens. The Russian Duma, or Parliament, voted unanimously in favor of the bill on Wednesday, and President Vladimir Putin is fully prepared to sign it into law. Putin attempted to head off criticism about the effect the ban will have on the already strained Russian system of care for its orphans:


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