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Russian children’s rights commissioner: Only Italy can adopt Russian children

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MOSCOW — Russia’s Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights says that currently only Italy matches the two main criteria for adoption of Russian children – a bilateral agreement with the Russian Federation and a ban on same-sex marriage.

Pavel Astakhov told Russian media outlets Friday that the Russian government would not allow adoptions to families in countries that do not have bilateral agreements on the issue with the Russian Federation, and that he saw no change to this policy.

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Currently, only Italy has an active bilateral adoptions agreement, giving its citizens the right to adopt Russian children.

“This is not our fate. We have national adoption as a priority,” he said.

Astakhov’s remarks come on the heels of an inquiry by the European Court of Human Rights to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, acting on behalf of 23 American families who were denied the right to complete adoptions of their Russian children because of the Dima Yakovlev Law.

That law bans adoptions by American couples was passed last December by the federal Parliament and took effect January 1, 2013. It is informally named after a Russian orphan adopted by a family from Purcellville, Va., who died of a heat stroke after being left in a parked car for nine hours.

The law was also passed in partial retaliation for the American Magnitsky Act, which imposes a visa ban and asset freezes on Russians implicated in human rights violations.

A Russian Foreign Ministry diplomat for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Konstantin Dolgov, had answered the European Court’s inquiry last week saying that many of the children asked about had either been adopted by Russian citizens or returned to their biological parents.

Astakhov noted that Russia previously had a bilateral adoption agreements with the United States, but the agreement with the United States was canceled after Russian officials repeatedly complained that American authorities had barred Russian diplomats and law enforcement personnel from investigating alleged violations of the adopted children’s rights – ranging from cruel treatment to sometimes manslaughter, brought about by the Yakovlev case in particular.

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Astakhov added that Russia’s problems with the United States were unique to that nation.

“Such cases of pedophilia, violence and brutality as we have in America, we have nothing like that anywhere else,” he said.

An earlier signed agreement with France was was revoked after it officially legalized same-sex marriages earlier this year.

Astakhov said Russia would provide the children with the right to have a family but would not be held accountable before the European Court of Human Rights for the upholding of that right.

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  1. Not sure what the problem here is except this guy is a moron. We have enough children in our own country that need adopted.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:46pm
  2. Sort out your fucked up, bigoted country .. and you wont need outside countries to adopt your children. What kind of statement does it make that a country can host the Winter Olympics, but can’t even care for it’s own children?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:49pm
  3. as a russian i can say fuck my arrogant shit-hole frost-bite of a country. im just as pissed of as you

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:16pm
  4. Why make us gay people scapegoats? Glad my BF's family left Saint Petersburg and moved to Canada.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:14pm
  5. im glad they got away safely as well!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:55pm
  6. why??!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:53pm
  7. there are enough children in the whole world that need adoption and are starving,wh o does he think he is to judge what a childs comfort well being and safety should be in the hands of.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:54pm
  8. Frankly ANYONE gay or strait should be put through a rigid competancy test to see if there able to take care of the child,people are so backwards and ignorant it is SAD!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:55pm
  9. Makes sense… they have a fucked up shithole country… why let the kids have a better life elsewhere?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:58pm
  10. Nah, keep ya children…. you notice no american wants to adopt their kids out to Communist Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:09pm
  11. please keep that to yourself..some people want children and dont care where they are from

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:57pm
  12. lol....this board is for giving your opinion. i gave mine and now you gave yours.. I still stand by mine.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:45pm
  13. Fuck Russia !!!! That country is so messed up. Nothing but crazy assed, moronic asshats running that country !!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:13pm
  14. yeah, better let the kids being beaten up in your nasty orphanages than let they have (god forgive) a family, right!? You piece of shit!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:19pm
  15. oops! hope the liberal pope isnt one of the italian citizens

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:23pm
  16. It’s not about who’s country’s children need adopting guys. If a child is without a home, the child needs love and a family- NO MATTER where they are from. Quit it with the separation.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:29pm
  17. On a discussion format show, it was stated that Russians will only live to about 60 due to rampant alcoholism. Is there truth to that?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:29pm
  18. And also, the pope isn’t liberal. The pope is the one pope that is actually following the bible

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:31pm
  19. Jeez, that’s pretty fucked.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:43pm
  20. They claim it’s for all these reasons but u know what the real reason they r only allowing Italy?? Cuz they don’t allow gay marriage. They r like minded in their thoughts on homosexuals and mainly thanks to the Vatican state being there.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:46pm
  21. So guess I’m not going to tune into the Winter Olympics.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:00pm
  22. I wonder if there are laws exempting gay couples from adopting in italy…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:03pm
  23. Here is another sickie for the asylum.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:56pm
  24. They really, really care about their children. Right? Kind of like the US extreme right wing cares about children before they’re born but won’t support efforts to help them or their families after birth.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:05pm
  25. Because in Italy there are not Gay people.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:05pm
  26. They’re a bunch of fools, obviously not to be taken seriously politically!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:30pm
  27. Shoot that bigot

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:46pm
  28. So you prefer to keep them in cozy orphanages?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:47pm
  29. Russian dumbasses!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:20pm
  30. Backwards and ignorant.. That’s RUSSIA!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:19pm
  31. Yeah, how’s that working out for you? Now that you only have the Italians to lure in and grease palms left and right. You must be hurtin’ for money big time right about now.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:04am
  32. The place that is housing an ex pope who will not leave the Vatican for fear of being arrested as a pedophile

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:40am