Just happened: Russian parliament stops Americans from adopting Russian babies

by Hauwa Gambo

The Associated Press has just now confirmed that the Russian parliament has just given preliminary approval to ban adoption of Russian children by Americans.

This follows a debate yesterday on the bill, in spite of strong objections from senior minister.

The lower house of parliament, called the State Duma, passed the law after the United recently passed a law penalising some Russian officials implicated in the death of a lawyer in prison.

In what Russia’s lawmakers clearly said is pay-back, they drew up this legislation which also closes down US adoption agencies in the country.

Defending the bill, Olga Batalina, a politician with the ruling United Russia party, said: “It is rather immoral to shift responsibility for Russian children onto nationals of other countries,” said Olga Batalina, a politician with the ruling party, United Russia.

The bill is named after Dima Rakovlev, a Russian baby who died in 2008 of heat-stroke after the American man who adopted him forgot him in a car.

Key ministers have opposed the law, saying it will affect many orphans with disabilities that “Russians are often reluctant to adopt.”

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