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Thursday 10 July 2014

President Putin signs law banning Americans from adopting Russian children

Published 28/12/2012|10:56

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin signed a law on Friday that bans Americans from adopting Russian children and imposes other measures in retaliation for new U.S. legislation meant to punish Russian human rights abusers.

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The law, which has ignited outrage among Russian liberals and child rights' advocates, enters into force on Jan. 1 and is likely to strain U.S.-Russia relations.



As well as banning U.S. adoptions, it will also outlaw some non-governmental organisations that receive U.S. funding and impose a visa ban and asset freeze on Americans accused of violating the rights of Russians abroad.



Pro-Kremlin lawmakers initially drafted the bill to mirror the U.S. Magnitsky Act, which bars entry to Russians accused of involvement in the death in custody of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and of other alleged rights abuses.



The restrictions on adoptions and non-profit groups were added to the legislation later, going beyond a tit-for-tat move and escalating a dispute with Washington at a time when ties are also strained by issues such as the Syrian crisis.

Reuters

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