Putin Backs Russian Ban on US Adoptions

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended a proposed ban on Americans adopting Russian children.

At a live televised news conference Mr. Putin said the bill, backed by Russian MPs on Wednesday, was “appropriate”.

He is said in US cases involving allegedly mistreated Russian children the authorities refused to let in Russian representatives as observers.

The Russian bill is a response to the US Magnitsky Act, which bars entry to Russian alleged human rights violators.

It follows several cases in which Russian children have apparently been mistreated by US adoptive parents.

Mr. Putin said he backs the Russian bill in principle but still needs to read it in detail.

The rate of adoption in Russia is low. Some 3,400 Russian children were adopted by foreign families in 2011, nearly a third of them by Americans.

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