Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial measure on Friday, December 28 banning the adoption of Russian children by U. S. families. This is a significant blow to those wishing to adopt a child, as Russia is the third most popular country for U. S. citizens to adopt. The law also "bars any political activities by nongovernmental organizations receiving funding from the United States" if the activities could affect Russian interests and "imposes sanctions against U. S. officials thought to have violated human rights." The law goes into effect on January 1.
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