Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cops Detain 20 People at Rally Against Ban on Americans Adopting Russian Kids

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Russian kids don’t need American adoptions… they need help at home. The Church agrees with that, not with sending kids away to another country, where they’re lost to the Rodina and to the Faith.

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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Kremlin in downtown Moscow to protest against the adoption ban; critics said it’d leave Russian children stranded in outdated state care institutions.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

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/politics/20121219/178261288.html

Editor’s Note:

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).

BMD

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MID Refused to Comment on Visa Denial for Ex-Chief of Guantánamo Gulag

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On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) refused to comment on its decision to withhold a visa for former Guantánamo Bay commander Jeffery Harbeson. Russian media reports stated that the MID denied the high-ranking American official entry due to his alleged “violation of human rights”. According to sources, the MID informed Rear Admiral Harbeson informed of its decision back in late 2011, when American lawmakers were debating the notorious Magnitsky Bill, forcing Russia to warn about possible implications in the form of visa restrictions for Americans linked to the Guantánamo detention camp. The MID didn’t disclose the blacklist of people barred from travelling in the country.

According to anonymous sources in the MID and the RF Gosduma, today, Jeffrey Harbeson, a former commandant of Joint Task Force Guantánamo, which runs the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, was denied a Russian visa due to “human rights abuses”. Media reports noted that Harbeson received word about the negative decision late 2011. Then, American lawmakers had just started work upon the Magnitsky Act, and Russian authorities threatened visa restrictions to American citizens related to the Guantánamo camp in response. The MID and Aleksei Pushkov, the head of the RF Gosduma Special Committee on International Affairs, confirmed a visa denial to a Guantánamo-related figure. They didn’t disclose the person’s name, though, but said that he was part of a Pentagon department in charge of Russian issues after his service at the camp.

Our source went on to say that only man who fits in these criteria is Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, who was in charge of the Guantánamo camp from June 2010 until August 2011. In 2012, he became Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia on the US Joint Staff. The US Congress adopted the Magnitsky Act in November-December 2012. The act imposes visa and finance sanctions on Russian citizens supposedly implicated in human rights violations. In response, the RF Gosduma initiated a bill imposing sanction upon American citizens involved in abusing the rights of Russian citizens.

19 December 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_19/Moscow-refuses-to-comment-on-visa-denial-for-Guantanamo-ex-chief/

Editor’s Note:

The US media vilifies China and Russia because they won’t allow the USA to push them about. They’ve also got the military power to deter any American attack on their territory. Besides that, the RVSN has the capacity to strike a crippling blow at the American heartland, a fact that enrages the juvenile and self-centred Anglo-Americans. That’s why the USA spends trillions on crackbrained ABM schemes… none of them work, and none of them can offer a foolproof defence against incoming warheads (the ICBM negates American naval supremacy and the two wide ocean barriers that are the USA’s true defence line).

Ergo, the Magnitsky Act. However, Russia says, “Turnaround is fair play”. This’ll enrage the adolescent Anglos even further. “How dare they defy us! We’re the City on the Hill! We’re God’s Elect! American Exceptionalism says that we’re Number One”. The Russians will simply say “Nyet” to that and the Chinese will back them up to the hilt.

Orthodox people… the konvertsy are like that. They’re typical juvenile, arrogant, short-sighted, grasping, ignorant, and self-preening Anglos. Paffhausen, Dreher, Reardon, and Freddie M-G are all-too-typical examples of this noxious brood of vipers. We’ve got to protect the Church from such, and I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

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