Putin to sign anti-US adoption bill
President Vladimir Putin is to sign into law, a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families.
Russia’s Upper House approved the Dima Yakovlev bill on Wednesday by a unanimous vote.
The bill also bars any political activities by nongovernmental organizations receiving funding from the United States, if such activities affect Russian interests.
The legislation also imposes sanctions against U.S. officials thought to have violated human rights.
The bill is seen as retaliation for a law that U.S. President Barack Obama signed on December 14, the Magnitsky Act, which imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.
Amnesty International had earlier said, “This bill is frankly a childish response to the Magnitsky Act. The Duma should be focusing its efforts on how it can strengthen Russian civil society and not weaken it.”
It added that the so-called “Dima Yakovlev bill” introduces, among other things, further severe restrictions on non-governmental organizations.