5 July 2012, 20:57

Siberians ban Americans from adopting Russian children

Siberians ban Americans from adopting Russian children

MPs of the Kemerovo Region in South Siberia have passed a bill according to which Americans have no right to adopt children on the territory of the region. Exceptions are allowed only for close relatives who have documents proving kinship.

The regional parliament has information that three children from the Kemerovo Region have died in foreign families since 1990, two of them in the US. In 2011, an American adoptive father molested a girl who was adopted in the Kemerovo Region.

According to Russian officials, at least 17 children adopted by Americans have died in the US over the last few years. In this connection, Moscow has repeatedly urged the US authorities to toughen the legislation and control, so as to prevent such incidents.

Russia and the US signed an agreement on cooperation in the adoption of children in July 2011.


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