MOSCOW (AP) — One Russian human rights campaigner says the country's orphans have become "small change in a political game between two states."
Activists are denouncing the decision by President Vladimir Putin today to sign a law that will ban Americans from adopting Russian children. The U.S. is the biggest destination for adopted Russian children, with more than 60,000 joining American homes in the past two decades.
Russia is retaliating for a U.S. law that imposes sanctions on Russians who are found to be human rights violators.
One popular Russian writer is comparing Putin to King Herod, who the Bible says ordered the massacre of Jewish children to avoid being supplanted by what prophesy said would be a newborn king of the Jews.
The enactment of the law puts a sudden end to the adoption prospects for more than 50 youngsters who had been preparing to join new families in the United States.
The U.S. State Department is expressing regret over Putin's decision to sign the law. It's urging Russia to let those children who have already met and bonded with U.S. families complete the adoption process.
123-c-17-(Nataliya Vasilyeva (nah-TAH'-lee-yah vah-SEEL'-yay-vah), AP correspondent)-"get a family"-AP correspondent Nataliya Vasilyeva reports Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. ((note length of cut)) (28 Dec 2012)
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125-c-15-(Nataliya Vasilyeva (nah-TAH'-lee-yah vah-SEEL'-yay-vah), AP correspondent)-"about their welfare"-AP correspondent Nataliya Vasilyeva reports Russia has been terrified by reports of children dying or suffering abuse at the hands of their American adoptive parents. (28 Dec 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Vladimir Putin headshot, as Russia Prime Minister, on texture, with lettering, ANTI-US ADOPTION, finished graphic (28 Dec 2012)
APPHOTO MOSB113: Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) (28 Dec 2012)
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