Russian MPs approve US adoption ban

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Thirty demonstrators were arrested in Moscow during protests outside the Russian parliament as a bill that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans was approved.

The measures counter American legislation – the so-called Magnitsky law – that targets Russians believed to have been involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky while he was in custody.

It also bans non-profit Russian groups from receiving US funding, and was passed by an overwhelming majority, but there is some high-profile opposition.

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told euronews: “If we put a stop to adoption, that means one thing: that we will have to revoke the agreement on international adoption with the United States. If we revoke it, we will no longer have any right legally to demand access to our children abroad. If only for that reason, I won’t react so strongly.

The bill is expected to pass its final reading on Friday, but the Kremlin is well aware of possible long-term damage to already deteriorating relations with the US and there are some doubts about whether President Putin will sign it into law.