According to the New York Times, there are more than 740,000 parentless children in the Russian Federation, but only 18,000 are awaiting adoption. Since 1999, 45,000 Russian children have been adopted by American parents.
Putin says he “intends” to sign the law, and told an audience at a televised meeting on Thursday “I still don’t see any reasons why I should not sign it.”
46 children who were to be adopted by American parents must now remain in Russia while the law is awaiting the president’s signature.
The Russian parliament approved of this measure in response to a new U.S. law which called for sanctions against Russia in response to violation of human rights.
Read this report via the New York Times
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