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Russia Bans Americans from Adopting Russian Orphans

Saw this story today on “CBS This Morn­ing” when it was spo­ken of in terms of being in the “realm of pos­si­bil­ity” stage of Russ­ian pol­i­tics.  It’s a real trav­esty because the only ones really suf­fer­ing here are the Amer­i­can fam­i­lies who want to adopt these chil­dren and the chil­dren themselves. 

Defy­ing a storm of domes­tic and inter­na­tional crit­i­cism, Rus­sia moved toward final­iz­ing a ban on Amer­i­cans adopt­ing Russ­ian chil­dren, as Parliament’s upper house voted unan­i­mously Wednes­day in favor of a mea­sure that Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has indi­cated he will sign into law.

The bill is widely seen as the Kremlin’s retal­i­a­tion against an Amer­i­can law that calls for sanc­tions against Rus­sians deemed to be human rights vio­la­tors. It comes as Putin takes an increas­ingly con­fronta­tional atti­tude toward the West, brush­ing aside con­cerns about a crack­down on dis­sent and demo­c­ra­tic freedoms.

Dozens of Russ­ian chil­dren close to being adopted by Amer­i­can fam­i­lies now will almost cer­tainly be blocked from leav­ing the coun­try. The law also cuts off the main inter­na­tional adop­tion route for Russ­ian chil­dren stuck in often dis­mal orphan­ages: Tens of thou­sands of Russ­ian young­sters have been adopted in the U.S. in the past 20 years. There are about 740,000 chil­dren with­out parental care in Rus­sia, accord­ing to UNICEF.

All 143 mem­bers of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil present voted to sup­port the bill, which has sparked crit­i­cism from both the U.S. and Russ­ian offi­cials, activists and artists, who say it vic­tim­izes chil­dren by depriv­ing them of the chance to escape the squalor of orphan­age life. The vote comes days after Parliament’s lower house over­whelm­ingly approved the ban.

One of the things I learned from my Her­itage days was that the Cold War never truly ended; only the means of which it was being fought changes as well as the names of Russ­ian lead­ers were call­ing themselves.

Who the hell do the Rus­sians think they are try­ing to impress with a pol­icy like this?

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