Putin signs law banning foreigners from adoption of Russian children (UPDATE)
Details added (the first version published at 14:32)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the 'Dima Yakovlev law', putting a ban on the adoption of Russian children by foreigners. The law will come into force starting January 1, 2013, RIA Novosti quoted the Kremlin press service as saying.
The law 'On measures against persons involved in violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms, rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation", named the 'Dima Yakovlev law' by MPs, was adopted by the Russian State Duma on December 21 and unanimously approved by the Federation Council on December 26.
A list of the U.S. citizens banned from entering the Russian Federation, was not published in the document.
'Dima Yakovlev law' envisages making a list of Americans who violated the rights of Russians, or were involved in crimes against them. They will be banned from entering Russia and the activities of subordinate legal entities on the territory of the Russian Federation will be suspended. The provision applies not only to Americans, but to any country violating the rights of Russians. The law also bans activities of U.S. funded political NGOs and non-profit organisations whose work threatens the interests of the Russian Federation in the country.
The law is named in the memory of the two-year old Russian boy locked up by his American adoptive father in the heat and in memory of all Russian children who were killed and injured by foster parents in the United States