Topic: US Adoption Ban
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MOSCOW, January 9 (RIA Novosti) – Opponents of a law banning US nationals from adopting Russian children were granted permission on Wednesday to hold a protest march in central Moscow on January 13, officials and rally organizers said.
The ban is part of a wider response by Moscow to the Magnitsky Act, a US law that imposes travel bans and other sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses. The law was signed into force by US President Barack Obama late last year.
Moscow City Hall gave permission for a march with the participation of up to 20,000 people, Moscow security chief Alexei Mayorov told RIA Novosti. The march will follow the same route as two of last year’s protests against the rule of President Vladimir Putin. But opposition leaders stressed that Sunday’s rally was a separate event.
“The organizers of the January 13 march are civil activists,” tweeted Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front political movement.
Key opposition figures are, however, expected to attend the rally, which will also call for the dissolution of parliament over the ban.
The Russian law, which was fast-tracked through parliament and signed by Putin late last year, has been largely supported by the general public here, with 56 percent of respondents in favor of the ban in a poll carried out in December by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM).
State Duma lawmakers said the law was a response to what they called the inaction of US officials over the deaths of 19 Russian children adopted by Americans since 1999. Over 45,000 Russian children have been adopted by US families in that period, according to the US State Department.
But the adoption ban proposal has drawn a furious reaction from human rights groups and a number of people were detained in Moscow in late December as they protested against the bill outside parliament.
Just over 135,000 people have also signed an online petition organized by the opposition-minded Novaya Gazeta newspaper against the ban.
(This article was corrected at 17:37 to change "Wednesday" to "Thursday" in paragraph one)
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- Mikhail1228Children as a Commodity17:56, 09/01/2013Is the US the only country in the world where a child can grow up happy? Of couse not. If orphaned children could find Russian parents this is the best scenario of all. Then there is Western Europe which has not been banned from adopting Russian children. The US is a consummer and debt society. The culture is like living in one big shopping mall where everything is bought on credit. Every young American girl aspires to be like Kim Kardashian. Everything has to be available for immediate consumption. Whether this is a new car, property, clothes, travel, jewellry, food and even a new child. These are American values. Upper class white familes cannot find white children to adopt in America. Sometimes the process to adopt a white child can take years, if they can get one at all. Why wait when you can adopt a white kid from Russia? As with any commodity the market needs sellers. It's really not about the kids, well these stories make it sound that it is. This is all propaganda. It's really about US consumers being able to get everything what they want to purchase. In this case Russian kids are the commodity. It's about taking what you want, when you want it.
- Mikhail1228Sergei Udaltsov is a stooge!18:42, 09/01/2013Sergei Udaltsov is a Stalin wannabe and a stooge paid by Shakashvili in Georgia!!
- ruypenalvaRidiculous19:32, 09/01/2013Ridiculous. A colonized attitude. Where is hidden Russia pride? Russia's oppositions would love fall in the USA arms.
The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.