Russian parliament approves measure banning U.S. adoptions

Russian parliament approves measure banning U.S. adoptions

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin watches an unveiling ceremony of the second leg of the Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline during a live video link from the event site in the Far East city of Khabarovsk at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on December 25, 2012. Russia's upper house of parliament unanimously backed today a bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, leaving the controversial measure in the hands of Putin. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI/ POOL/ ALEXEI NIKOLSKY (Photo credit should read ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 1:00 AM

(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.
 

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