The draft provides for banning US citizens that have violated Russians’ rights or have been involved in other crimes against Russians from entering Russia.
According to the amendments made, US citizens should also be banned from adopting Russian children, and the document should also apply to citizens of other countries who violate Russians’ rights.
The bill comes in retaliation for the so-called “Magnitsky Act” that was adopted in the US on December 6th . The Act imposes visa sanctions on Russians who, the US Congressmen feel, have been involved in human rights violations.
The Duma proposed ban on US adoptions is an emotional but adequate measure, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said at the Thursday press-conference in Moscow.
Wednesday, the Duma passed the Dima Yakovlev list, which is a counter measure to the recently adopted Magnitsky Act and it imposes a number of sanctions on foreign rights abusers, including a ban on US adoptions.
Putin said that the bill has nothing to do with US adoptive families but it’s all about the US government’s stance.
"The government’s stance is to ignore crimes against Russian orphans adopted by US parents and not to punish the criminals. Russian observers are not even allowed to attend such trials and I find this unacceptable. The US should better not humiliate Russia. I think, this is an emotional but quite adequate measure."
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will make up his mind whether to sign the Dima Yakovlev Bill or not after he sees the text of the document. Putin added that he supports proposals by PM Dmitry Medvedev to render greater financial and moral support to Russian adopters.
President Putin has promised to take into consideration any petition against the Dima Yakovlev Bill if it has been signed by at least 100,000 supporters.
The controversial Dima Yakovlev Bill, which is the Russian response to the Magnitsky bill, has triggered a public outcry in the country, with many people speaking up against the provision that will ban Americans from adopting Russian children, close adoption agencies and denounce the Russia-US deal on adoptions of minors.
Mr. Putin said the petition of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper that has collected 100,000 signatures against the bill would be considered by the parliament.
Voice of Russia, RIA