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    Russian requests to assess the quality of life of those children who were adopted in Russia and taken to the United States before the so-called "Dima Yakovlev Law" banned the process altogether are being ignored by the US side, Russian Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Anna Kuznetsova said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The official noted that the figure was mentioned during a session of an inter-agency working group, comprising representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Interpol and other security agencies, held earlier this month.

    "The number of requests that remained unanswered has reached 26,000. These are the requests that the Education Ministry is sending as part of its duty to observe the life of children [after adoption], to monitor the quality of their lives and overall what is happening to them. They receive no answers at all," Kuznetsova told reporters, adding that most of the requests went to the United States.

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    The Dima Yakovlev Law, adopted in December 2012, banned US citizens from adopting Russian children. It has also sanctioned US citizens involved in violating human rights of Russian citizens and suspended the operations of US-funded non-government organizations.

    The law was named after a Russian child who became the center of a child neglect case in 2008. The young Yakovlev, who had been adopted by US parents, died in July of that year after his adoptive father left him strapped in a car for several hours.


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