Boris Altshuler: 'These Children Must Not Be Forgotten'

posted 7 Oct 2013, 03:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 04:12 ]
21 September 2013 

By Boris Altshuler

These Children Must Not Be Forgotten: A Double betrayal of Russian children by the Russian Commissioner for Children's Rights

On 9 September Reuters published a report on the illegal re-homing of children adopted to the U.S. from abroad, including Russia. Yes, the U.S. social system needs improvement, like the social systems of Russia and of many other countries. Pavel Astakhov, children's rights commissioner under the President of Russia, in an interview of 19 September referred to this Reuters report as one more justification for the Dima Yakovlev law, which put a ban on all adoptions from Russia to the U.S. and whose main advocate was Pavel Astakhov himself. However Mr. Astakhov ignored the fact that by his support for this law he personally has perpetrated a double betrayal of Russia's children. [Read more]