Putin to sign mea­sure bar­ring U.S. adop­tions

Out­rage, heart­break for hun­dreds of fam­i­lies far along in process.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By David Herszenhorn new York times Lo­cal re­ac­tion Fam­i­lies with rus­sian chil­dren feel for those in the process. Adop­tions

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

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