Russian lawmakers last week adopted in its crucial third hearing a tit-for-tat bill that would also see an additional ban on US nationals adopting Russian children.
A Russian court ruled illegal the adoption of Kirill Kuzmin, the younger brother of a boy who died in the US.
Lawmakers from a region of Siberia have presented a draft bill to the lower house of the state parliament that would ban foreigners from adopting Russian children.
Russia’s top investigator has sent an official request to the US Attorney General for an investigation into recently reported violations of the rights of Russian-born children adopted by American families.
Lawmakers in a Siberian coal-mining region on Wednesday passed the country’s first-ever ban on all adoptions of local children by foreigners.
A US Senator and leading voice on the tangled and thorny topic of international child adoption said this week Russia is doing “a great disservice to itself” by raising parentless children in institutions, but expressed little hope that Moscow’s ban on adoptions of Russian children by American parents would be lifted anytime soon.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Thursday demanding that the United States prosecute anyone responsible for abusing children adopted from Russia, following a Reuters report that some such adoptees had fallen victim to sex crimes.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has sharply criticized the US authorities for lacking efforts to protect the rights of foreign-born children adopted by US foster parents, including at least 26 adoptees from Russia.
The US government has given Moscow a list of 61,625 Russian children adopted by US citizens, the Kremlin’s ombudsman for children’s rights said in an interview published Monday.
A US lawmaker is seeking international assistance to resolve the adoption dispute between the United States and Russia, including Moscow’s decision to prohibit the adoption of Russian children by American parents that were already in process when the Kremlin imposed the ban earlier this year.
Kremlin children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said Wednesday that no more Russian children would be allowed to join potential adoptive families in the United States despite calls from US officials for flexibility with adoptions that were “in process” before Moscow banned Americans from adopting Russian children earlier this year.
Russian Child Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov is holding talks in Washington on Tuesday with US officials that are expected to include Moscow’s controversial ban on American adoptions of Russian children, officials said.
Russia has serious doubts about the willingness of US authorities to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Russian children adopted by US families, Russian Foreign Ministry’s special representative for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said Tuesday.
More than 150 members of the US Congress have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize resolving several hundred pending US adoptions of Russian children when he meets President Vladimir Putin later this month.
Standing on a chair so he can see over the podium, 8-year-old Jack Thomas peers at a sea of reporters, cameras and microphones at a news conference, and – with a little prompting from his dad – says what he came all the way from Minnesota to say.
The Kremlin said on Friday it doubted the veracity of a letter published on the internet, said to have been sent to President Vladimir Putin by a group of doctors, asking him to allow adoptions of Russian children which have already started to go ahead, in spite of a new law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans.
The first time Claudio Diaz hugged the Russian girl he and his wife would soon adopt, he says, “It was like hugging a cardboard box.”
Russia and the United States have agreed to establish regular dialogue on the protection of rights of Russian children adopted by US families, a Russian diplomat said on Wednesday after talks with US officials in Washington.
Russia and the United States have agreed in principle to establish a bilateral working group to monitor the way adopted children from Russia are treated in American families, Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on Twitter Wednesday.