The so-called Dima Yakovlev law was passed in December. Its name pays tribute to a Russian toddler who died due to his American foster father’s negligence.
Russia withdrew from the bilateral treaty on adoptions in the wake of repeated deaths of Russian children who had been violently abused in their adoptive families in America.
Voice of Russia, TASS
Russian orphans who had been adopted by Americans prior to the new adoption law that took effect on January 1 will be allowed to leave Russia if these adoptions were approved by court.
Children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov told reporters in Moscow on Thursday there are about 150 such cases.
The so-called Dima Yakovlev law banning Americans from adopting Russian children in response for the U.S. Magnitsky Act has sparked fresh debates about the future of Russian orphans.
Russia will not hinder US adoptions on which positive court decisions have been delivered, children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov told reporters in the west-Siberian city of Kemerovo on Tuesday.
Lists of orphans who are in process of being adopted by Americans, are being compiled, he said.
The ombudsman denied earlier reports by the US State Department that there were 500 such cases.
On January 1, the so-called Dima Yakovlev law banning Americans from adopting Russian children came into force. It was named after a Russian toddler who died after being left unattended by his American foster father in a locked car under the scorching sun.
Russia will take steps to promote domestic adoptions.
Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA