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State Dumas revenge to the US punishes only Russian orphans

Statement by YABLOKO Chairman

December 18, 2012

The YABLOKO party expresses its resolute protest against the intention of the State Duma to adopt an amendment into the controversial draft law "On measures against persons involved in the violation of the rights of citizens of the Russian Federation" (the so-called "Dima Yakovlev Law") as a response by the Russian authorities to the Magnitsky Act adopted in the US. The amendment bans the adoption of Russian children by US citizens

We do not think that the adoption of the Magnitsky Act was right, as the "punishment" in the form of a refuse to issue visas is not based on a court decision. Actually in dealing with this foreign policy issue the US abolished a juridical approach they are guided in the solution of domestic issues.

However, the "response" of the Russian Duma turned out to be not even more unlawful, but simply disgusting. The victims of legal nihilism of the Russian lawmakers are not Americans (who will simply adopt children in other countries), but the most vulnerable category of the Russian citizens the orphans.

Indeed, for the past ten years 19 children adopted from Russia were killed in the US. However, since the collapse of the USSR Americans have adopted about 100,000 Russian children, many of whom had serious illnesses and had no chance to be adopted in Russia. For comparison, in Russia for 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, 1,220 children adopted by Russian citizens were killed. According to the data from the official website of the Investigative Committee of Russia, dozens of cases of murder of children (including infants) by their own parents in Russia were documented only in 2012.

Following the example of the Bolsheviks the Russian government takes a "revenge" on the enemy by making maximum possible damage to its own citizens, in this case to the desolate and helpless children, whom they regard as their ownership, as serfs.

We demand that the State Duma should revoke the controversial draft law and stop its cowardly trading children rather than conducting a fair and objective investigation of corruption, including that in the wardship and guardianship authorities.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
YABLOKO Chairman

See also:

Human Rights



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