On Wednesday morning, police detained about 20 people staging a picket outside the RF Gosduma, ahead of the second hearing of a bill that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. The draft law, dubbed the Dima Yakovlev bill, was proposed as part of the Russian “response” to the American Magnitsky Act… a law that introduced visa bans and asset freezes for Russian officials. The bill is under consideration by the RF Gosduma, the lower house of the RF Federal Assembly, in its crucial second reading on Wednesday. Last week, the lawmakers approved the original bill without the adoption amendment. Dozens of people gathered outside the Duma building near the Kremlin in downtown Moscow to protest against the adoption ban; critics said it’d leave Russian children stranded in outdated state care institutions. The police detained two dozen activists holding placards. Dozens more, not holding banners or placards, remained outside the building, despite requests from police that they disperse.
If the bill passes its second reading on Wednesday, it’s likely to pass in its third and final reading on Friday, potentially coming into effect in 2013 after approval by the RF Federation Council and if President Putin signs it into law. The bill is named after Dima Yakovlev, a 21-month-old who died of heatstroke in July 2008 after his adoptive father, Miles Harrison, left him unattended in a car for nine hours. The adoption ban is the most controversial aspect of the proposed legislation, which also proposes to ban alleged Americans who abuse Russian citizens’ rights from entering Russia, and freezing any assets they might have here.
19 December 2012
These are obviously zapadniki. That is, a very unrepresentative and tiny (albeit very vocal and magnified by Western media) minority. Yes, Russia should ban Americans from adopting Russian kids. Indeed, the fact that the Yeltsin junta allowed such is a sign that they were unpatriotic worshippers of the West and its money-centred godless “culture”. In short, Russia’s going to “take care of its own”, thank you very much, and that’s the proper way, any road, for any self-respecting Great Power (which Russia is, despite Western caterwauling to the contrary).