Wednesday Dec 26, 201206:35 AM GMT
Majority of Russians back US adoption ban - poll
Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:35AM
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Some 56 percent of Russians support a proposed ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children, an opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) said on Tuesday.

 

A total of 21 percent of the respondents were against the ban and 23 percent had no opinion.

 

Most of the people surveyed backed tougher requirements for foreigners who want to adopt Russian children, the poll revealed.

 

Most of the respondents also believe that Russian orphans should remain in Russia, FOM director Alexander Oslon said.

 

The survey of 1,500 people in 100 cities and towns across 46 Russian regions was conducted over the weekend.

 

The ban on U.S. adoptions was introduced by Russian lawmakers as part of bill responding to the U.S. Magnitsky Act. It has already been passed in three readings by Russia’s lower house of parliament and will be considered at a Federation Council session on Wednesday.

 

State Duma lawmakers said the bill was a response to what they called the inaction of U.S. officials over the deaths of 19 Russian children adopted by Americans since 1999.

 

Over 45,000 Russian children, including 962 last year, have been adopted by U.S. families in that period, according to the U.S. State Department. RIA Novosti

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin have harshly criticized the U.S. Magnitsky Act, legislation designed to punish Russian officials allegedly involved in human rights violation. Reuters

 

Russia says the United States uses human rights as a pretext for meddling in the affairs of sovereign states around the world. The Huffington Post

 

Representative Ron Paul, who was a presidential candidate from the Republican Party, has described the Magnitsky bill as provocative interference into Russia’s internal affairs. RIA Novosti

 

About 45,000 Russian children have been adopted by Americans since 1999, according to State Department records, but after reaching a peak of 5,862 in 2004, the numbers have declined steeply, to 962 in 2011. Denver Post

 

More than 650,000 children are living without parental supervision in Russia, according to statistics maintained by the Ministry of Education and Science, with more than 500,000 in foster care and more than 100,000 in orphanages. NY Times

 

AHT/ARA

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