12/26/2012 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Moscow – Russian parliament has reportedly endorsed a bill that would ban the adoption of Russian children in the US. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Parliament’s upper house unanimously voted in favor of the measure, which has sparked international criticism.

Some have suggested the bill is a retaliatory measure linked to a US law that seeks the imposition of sanctions for purported human rights violations perpetrated by Russians, which was recently signed into law.

Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, who supports the measure, is quoted by the AP as stating, “A foreigner who has paid for an adoption always gets a priority compared to potential Russian adoptive parents… A great country like Russia cannot sell its children.”

An online petition to do away with the bill had reportedly garnered 100,000 signatures by Tuesday.

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