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US Notes Politics, Tragedy of New Russian Adoption Law

Dmitry Kratov, the only official charged with the death of a Russian whistleblowing lawyer walked free after a Moscow court acquitted him of negligence, December 28, 2012.
Dmitry Kratov, the only official charged with the death of a Russian whistleblowing lawyer walked free after a Moscow court acquitted him of negligence, December 28, 2012.
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The United States says it "deeply" regrets Russia's passage of a law ending inter-country child adoptions between the U.S. and Russia.

The State Department made the announcement Friday, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the controversial bill into law. The State Department said American families have adopted more than 60,000 Russian children in the past 20 years. It called the new law "politically motivated" and said it would reduce adoption possibilities for children who are now under institutional care.

The State Department said it is further concerned that adoptions already underway may be stopped. It urged the Russian government to allow those legal procedures to continue.

Before Putin signed the bill into law, a U.S. adoptee from Russia, Tatyana McFadden, told VOA why she supported a petition asking Putin to veto the bill.

"My name is Tatyana McFadden, and I think it's very important to bring this petition to the U.S. embassy because I am here to speak for others who can't on why adoption is very important. Adoption has saved my life and changed my life forever," she said.

McFadden, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, has won 10 medals in international competition including the Paralympic Games.

The Russian adoption law is seen by the U.S. as retaliation for the Magnitsky Act signed by the U.S. Congress earlier this month, which imposes sanctions on certain Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

It is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian anti-corruption lawyer who died in prison in Russia after exposing an official corruption ring involving in the embezzlement of $250 million in tax money.

On Friday a Russian court acquitted a top prison official charged in Magnitsky's death.

The Tverskoy court found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky's death in 2009. The judge said Kratov was acquitted "due to lack of actions constituting a crime."

Afterward, Kratov told reporters the verdict was "a just decision."

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by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
December 28, 2012 9:33 PM
The signing into law of the tragic bill shows the world how desperate is the situation with basic human rights in Russia under Mr Putin, who clings to power by being “reelected” in vote-rigging. For 12 years his regime isn’t interested in the plight of about 1 mln orphans dumped in overcrowded impoverished state orphanages. The regime doesn’t mind that 90% former orphans become drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless and criminals in adult life. The FSB regime that holds Russia hostage for 12 years has used the unlucky orphans as a human shield in retaliation for being exposed in Magnitsky murder. The Russians need a new president, Putin just doesn't cut it as he doesn't represent the hearts and souls of the Russian people at all.

by: Don James
December 28, 2012 6:05 PM
The Russians are STILL so tight-assed, believing if you ignore the facts for long enough, they will go away. Hell, if a PM dies, it takes them two weeks to announce what was deduced in the west...

by: Terry from: Portland
December 28, 2012 5:37 PM
The halting of Russian adoptions is sad, but there is a situation that is far worse that could offer an alternative. Unbelievably, some three million female babies are killed at birth every year in India as the parents can't afford them. Many of these children could be adopted for a pittance by childless parents from other countries.
The Northern Indian children are particularly fair skinned and pretty.

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