“According to the Ministry of Education 46 children ready for adoption will stay in Russia. If adopted, the law will put the plug on the Russian-US agreement on adoptions. Before, we assumed there would be some transit period,” Astakhov said. The ombudsman expressed confidence that all the children will find their homes in Russia.
Last Friday, the State Duma cleared the Dima Yakovlev bill in the third reading, a bill that among other sanctions bans adoptions of Russian children by Americans. The legislation is deemed as a response to the United States’ Magnitsky Act that impose sanctions on certain Russians. The Federation Council is expected to consider the bill today.
The Russia-US agreement on adoption came into effect on November 1. Under the agreement, foreign adoptions will be subject to stricter control by authorized agencies, and adopting families will be more thoroughly vetted and monitored.
Voice of Russia, RIA, Reuters