Topic: US Adoption Ban
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MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) – A group of prominent Russian artists appealed to President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to allow dozens of US families to complete previously started adoptions of Russian children, despite introduction of a law earlier this year banning Americans from adopting Russian minors.
The Kremlin introduced that law, known as the Dima Yakovlev bill, on January 1 in response to Washington’s approval of the so-called Magnitsky Act, which introduced sanctions against Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses.
As a result, hundreds of adoptions in various stages of the bureaucratic adoption process were suspended. Many of those US families had already met their would-be children before the ban was introduced.
“We all understand that the law came into effect… Now we can only ask to make an exception for those children who have already met their future moms and for those moms who have already seen their children,” Chulpan Khamatova, a popular Russian actress and charity campaigner, told a RIA Novosti panel on Thursday.
Khamatova, 37, who is a co-founder of the Gift of Life NGO which helps Russian children, said the children concerned who have got stuck in Russia's outdated orphange system will grow up “and hate their own country,” which prevented them having a family.
It is not clear how many families who have met Russian children have been affected by the ban. The US State Department has said that between 500 and 1,000 American families had been in the process of trying to adopt Russian children when it took effect.
At least 81 American families who have had meetings with their future Russian children signed a letter to Putin begging him to allow them to complete their adoptions, according to Khamatova.
Putin’s reaction was not reported as of Thursday afternoon.
The appeal was backed by Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich and Yevgeny Mironov, a prominent actor and art director of the Mosocw-based Theater of Nations.
Mironov and Khamatova, a theater and movie star internationally known for her role in the film “Goodbye Lenin,” both backed Putin’s candidacy during his reelection campaign last March in video ads.
Russian officials justified the adoption ban by blaming US parents for the deaths of at least 19 adopted Russian children. More than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by American families in the last 20 years, including 962 last year, according to US State Department figures.
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- rochefortfrancoisbla bla bla13:46, 08/02/2013This is really something wrong with somes Russians. How can someone be willing to send a child to a certain death?
- moistRusians knows to some extent but...19:00, 08/02/2013...ask their southernmost brethren,bombed,killed and littered with atomic waste which will kill hundreds of thousands more for an eternity,by NATO, the Serbs, about "NGO´s" and you will learn that these, to 99,9% are western funded foreign agents and fifth columns, deeply entrenched in their society.
There are 1.800 of these trojan horses, top to bottom. From the western imposed quisling regime and the media to the most "harmless" funds like these mentioned above.
The register law is a good first step but more must be done to smoke out this plague and their local rats before it´s too late.
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.