Putin to sign measure barring U.S. adoptions
Outrage, heartbreak for hundreds of families far along in process.
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he would sign into law a bill banning adoptions of Russian children by American citizens, retaliating against a new American law that seeks to punish human rights abuses in Russia and dealing a serious blow to bilateral relations after a year in which ties have become increasingly strained.
Most immediately, though, the ban stands to upend the plans of dozens of American families in the final stages of adopting children in Russia, adding wrenching emotional tumult to a process that can cost $50,000 or more,
A12 requires repeated trips overseas, and even under the best of circumstances typically entails lengthy and maddening bureaucracy.
The adoption ban, included in a broader law aimed at retaliating against the United States, was approved unanimously by the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Parliament, on Wednesday. Putin said he would sign the bill along with another decree also adopted on Wednesday, calling for improvements in Russia’s child welfare system.
“I intend to sign the law,” Putin said, “as well as a presidential decree changing the procedure of helping