Saturday, December 22, 2012

Russian Duma votes to ban US adoptions, and for pretty good reason

Russia has passed legislation, not yet signed into law, banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

This is in response to "Magnitsky Act" which bars Russians deemed to be "human rights violators" from entering or owning property in the United States.

The U.S. doesn't care anything about human rights anywhere else. How many Palestinians have "died in police custody"? For that matter, how many people have died in American jails?

In the U.S. media, reporting on the Russian adoption law has been completely negative. The Russians are hurting the orphans, depriving them of loving homes, just to retaliate against the United States.

In fact, there have been 19 Russian children murdered by their adoptive American parents. We don't know how many more have been abused because there's no follow up by adoption agencies or anyone else. One Russian girl was adopted by child pornographers. She was waiting for the adoption agency to come check on her and rescue her, but they never did.

There was the American mother who put her child alone on a plane and sent him back to Russia. Her defense was that she had called a Russian cab driver to pick him up at the airport. An American woman was so proud of how she abused her adopted Russian child that she sent videotape of it to the Dr Phil Show. She poured hot sauced in his mouth and forced him to take a cold shower.

This is a human rights issue, too. The Russian government is barred in the U.S. from representing or even inquiring about Russian children. The Magnitsky Act was named for a Russian who died in police custody. Here, nineteen Russian children have died, most of them beaten to death after months of abuse. And penalties for Americans murdering and abusing Russian children have been very light. Obvious cases of aggravated murder are prosecuted as "voluntary manslaughter". In at least one case, the killers were released on bail after they were convicted.

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