MOSCOW, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed into law a controversial bill banning U.S. citizens to adopt Russian orphans.
The law comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, according to the Kremlin.
Putin said on Thursday that he saw no reason not to sign the bill nicknamed the Dima Yakovlev Act, which is widely believed to be a retaliation for the U.S. "Magnitsky Act," which imposes visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials allegedly responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Moscow jail in 2009 after accusing officials of tax fraud.
In addition to the adoption ban, Americans suspected of violation of Russian human rights and freedoms are banned from entering Russia. Besides, those who have dual Russia-U.S. nationalities are prohibited from working in a non-governmental organization in Russia.
Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow is not going to make public the list of U.S. nationals under the new law.
The law also denounced the U.S.-Russia agreement on child adoption signed in July 2011.
Putin ordered the government to propose by March 2013 the measures for state support to vulnerable families, including cutting red tapes for the Russian couples intending to adopt a child.
MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he saw no reason not to sign into law a bill banning adoption of Russian children by U.S. foster families.
The controversial bill, nicknamed the Dima Yakovlev Act, has been passed by both houses of parliament and arrived at the Kremlin Thursday for the president's consideration. Yakovlev was a Russian-born boy who died in the United States due to his foster parents' negligence. Full story
MOSCOW, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Federation Council, or the upper house of the parliament, approved on Wednesday a bill which would imposes entry bans on U.S. citizens who have allegedly committed crimes against Russians abroad, and persons involved in abduction or illegal imprisonment of Russians, as well as those implicated in abuse of adopted Russian children. Full story