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Transmissions from Vladimir: Putin signs anti-American Adoption bill

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by basso, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. basso

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    Obama's vaunted flexibility comes to the fore.

    time to push reset again?

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    (CNN) -- Aaron and Jenny Moyer already consider a Russian orphan named Vitali as their own. But a controversial Russian law that bans the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families may keep the boy from his new home in the United States.
    The Moyers have photos of their visits with Vitali in Russia, and the adoption process was under way.
    "He's our son," Aaron Moyer said. "In our hearts, he is our son."
    Russian President Vladimir Putin may have put an end to that when he signed the controversial measure Friday.
    The action could affect hundreds of American families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
    Russia moves to ban U.S. adoptions Political link to Russian adoption ban Family affected by Russian adoption ban Montana ranch focus of Russian concern
    Read more: Russia's lower house approves bill to ban U.S. adoption
    Though the number has been dropping in recent years, Russia remains the third most popular country for U.S. citizens to adopt, after China and Ethiopia.
    The U.S. State Department said it "deeply regrets" the new Russian law.
    "The Russian government's politically motivated decision will reduce adoption possibilities for children who are now under institutional care," it said in a statement. "We are further concerned about statements that adoptions already underway may be stopped and hope that the Russian government would allow those children who have already met and bonded with their future parent to finish the necessary legal procedures so that they can join their families."
    Jenny Moyer says she knows there is an orphan crisis in Russia, especially for children with special needs, an undertaking she is willing to accept. The boy she wants to adopt, Vitali, has Down syndrome.
    The couple, who have two biological children and one adopted American child, said they are relying on their faith to see them through this tough time.
    "We want not just our son, but all the kids over there to have families and to grow up and know the love of a mom and dad," Aaron Moyer said.
    iReporter says she's devastated by the news
    The Russian measure also bars any political activities by nongovernmental organizations receiving funding from the United States, if such activities could affect Russian interests, Russia's semiofficial RIA-Novosti news agency said.
    It also imposes sanctions against U.S. officials thought to have violated human rights.
    The law, which goes into effect on January 1, envisages the drafting of a list of U.S. citizens who will be prohibited from entering Russia, and will suspend the activity of any legal entities controlled by these individuals in the country.
    Read more: Russian lawmakers eye adoption ban to U.S.
    A vote this week in the Federation Council, Russia's upper house, was unanimous, but Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the bill ahead of its signing.
    Lawmakers in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, adopted it last week.
    The move by Russian politicians is widely seen as retaliation for a law that U.S. President Barack Obama signed on December 14. That bill, called the Magnitsky Act, imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.
    The Magnitsky Act is named in honor of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the largest tax fraud in the country's history in the form of rebates claimed by government officials who stole money from the state. Magnitsky died in 2009 after a year in a Moscow detention center, apparently beaten to death.
    The Russian bill's implementation nullifies a recent agreement between the United States and Russia in which the countries agreed to additional safeguards to protect children and parties involved in inter-country adoptions.
    Backers of the Russian bill said American adoptive parents have been abusive, citing 19 deaths of Russian children since the 1990s.
    In 2010, an American woman caused outrage after she sent her adopted son back to Russia alone on a one-way flight, saying the boy, then 7, had violent episodes that made her family fear for its safety.
    Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights, said Wednesday on Twitter that Russians are "well aware of, and have pointed out more than once, the inadequate protection of adopted Russian children in the US." He also said the United States is one of three nations that have not signed the 1989 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
    Anthony Lake, executive director of the U.N. Children's Fund, touted the importance of "inter-country adoption."
    "While welcoming Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev's call for the improvement of the child welfare system, UNICEF urges that the current plight of the many Russian children in institutions receives priority attention," he said.
    UNICEF asked that Russia let children's "best interests" guide the "design and development of all efforts to protect children."
    "We encourage the government to establish a robust national social protection plan to help strengthen Russian families. Alternatives to the institutionalization of children are essential, including permanent foster care, domestic adoption and inter-country adoption," he said.
    The United States has signed but not ratified the convention, which has sparked concerns from conservatives about its effect on U.S. sovereignty and parental rights.
    Groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had urged lawmakers to reject the bill.
    "This bill hits back at Russia's most vulnerable children and could deprive them of the loving families they desperately need," Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said last week.
    John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia program director, has said that "this bill is frankly a childish response to the Magnitsky Act."
     
  2. LonghornFan

    LonghornFan Contributing Member

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    Can you at least fix your copy and pastes and put them into paragraphs to make them easier to read?
     
  3. Classic

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    The reason I clicked the thread & then left. Can't read it.


    &, after reading the first few lines of the article this is set to affect a few hundred US families. Should I care?
     
  4. basso

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    there's a handy link to the original, fully formatted, article.
     
  5. LonghornFan

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    Yeah, I read it on Google News yesterday.
     
  6. Ottomaton

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    I'm going to bet that if Obama had vetoed the Magnitsky Act (the only thing that would have prevented this), there would have been a bigger uproar from basso about Obama's moral equivocation on human rights abusers.
     
  7. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost clean your room bucko

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    I've never seen a more concise synopsis of why the entire BBS hates basso than this.
     
  8. Realjad

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    Good, how about we adopt our own children who need parents
     
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    In Soviet Russia, child adopt YOU
     
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  11. Nook

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    Putin and Russia are "cute".

    Every once in awhile they like to flex their collapsed muscles and play like they are still a world power.

    It is like Kathleen Turner shoving her beastly body into a mini skirt and hitting the bar.... good for a chuckle.
     
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  12. basso

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    with nukes.
     
  13. thadeus

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    Yes basso, we should all be as pants-wetting afraid as you are.
     
  14. KingCheetah

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    I can't recall the exact details, but this movement to end Americans adopting Russians started a few years ago when a psycho family adopted and were horribly abusive. The kids may have even been killed, but I can't remember.

    It became a big deal in Russia for a while, but I had completely forgotten about it until Putin started making it an issue again. Russian pride will cost thousands of kids good homes in the US.
     
  15. CrazyDave

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    Because if there was ever a reason for the Russians to start a nuclear war, this is it. Thanks Obama. :rolleyes:
     
  16. superfob

    superfob Mommy WOW! I'm a Big Kid now.

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    Made in China products are still available.
     
  17. basso

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    adjusted that for you.
     
  18. Northside Storm

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    basso mad cause his hero had to cause a war to get Russia pissed, Obama just has to respect human rights.
     
  19. KingCheetah

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    Your adjustment makes the statement incorrect.

    Try harder.
     
  20. robbie380

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    This will cost one of my UPS Stores about $300/mo. We do apostille services for people trying to adopt Russian kids. Thanks a lot Pooty.
     
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