Putin signs ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children
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By Fred Weir Correspondent Moscow A Russian bill that had seemed initially like a tit-for-tat response to US legislation now looks to be exploding into broad legislation that bars almost any US citizen from engaging in nonbusiness activity in Russia — including the adoption of Russian children.
Russia's State Duma on Wednesday passed a bill, in key second reading, that would ban all adoptions of Russian children by US citizens, order the closure of any politically active nongovernmental organization with US funding, and block US passport holders from working in any nonprofit group that authorities deem connected with politics. The bill passed the seat Duma overwhelmingly, with just 15 deputies opposed. The now radically amended Dima Yakovlev billnamed after one of 19 Russian children who have died because of alleged negligence by American adoptive parents in the past two decades, goes far beyond the originally stated intent to respond to the US Senate's Magnitsky Actsigned into law by President Obama last week.
The initial bill, which passed first reading last Friday, would have levied economic and visa sanctions against US officials allegedly involved in human rights abuses against Russians.
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Adoption agency officials in the United States who work regularly with Russian orphanages said there were about to sets of parents who had already identified children they planned to adoptioms and would be affected. The State Department has urged American families in the process of adopting from Russia to register for updates and potential assistance. Photo Kim Summers with the Russian boy whom she and her husband want to adopt. Their house is already filled with toys and clothes for him. Robert and Kim Summers of Freehold, N. They are scheduled to pick up a month-old boy whom they consider their son in the city of Kaluga on Jan.