(WHAS11) -- A measure that would ban the adoption of Russian children by Americans is now in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The upper chamber of Russia's parliament approved the ban on Wednesday and Putin will decide whether to sign it in the next couple of weeks.
He has called the measure a legitimate response to a new U.S. law calling for sanctions against Russians who are found to be human rights violators.
Russian activists say the bill victimizes children by depriving them of the chance to escape Russian orphanages.
According to UNICEF, there are about 740,000 children without parents in Russia right now.