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Russia: Why adoption plays such a big, contentious role in US-Russia relations
Vox – July 22, 2017
For much of the period from the mid-’90s to 2012, Russia was one of the top three “sending” countries supplying adoptable children to the US. (Nos. 1 and 2 in recent years have been China and Ethiopia.) But in late 2012, in retaliation for a US law that imposed sanctions on Russian officials accused of human rights violations (the Magnitsky Act), Russia retaliated by barring US families from adopting Russian children.
Also: What Putin means when he says ‘adoption’ (Opinion): http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0723-magnitsky-20170720-story.html