Lev Ponomarev on the law banning adoptions by US citizens

posted 27 Jan 2013, 10:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jan 2013, 10:14 ]
22 January 2013

By Lev Ponomarev 

Source: Echo of Moscow 

The issue of Americans adopting Russian orphans is now in the hands of the Russian Supreme Court. It is common knowledge that the Supreme Court has twice before given detailed and thorough legal rulings on this issue, in April 2006 and May 2012. The passing of the ‘anti-adoption law’ on 28th December, which contradicts the agreement with the USA on adoption ratified on 1st November (a month and a half before the law was presented to the State Duma), has given rise to a complex legal situation. As is well known, the conditions of this agreement state that it ceases to be valid one year after one of the parties declares its dissolution. This was clearly agreed with the specific purpose of allowing adoption procedures that were already underway to be completed in the event of the dissolution of the agreement. [Read more]