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Putin signs ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children

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President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Friday that bans Americans from adopting Russian children and imposes other sanctions in retaliation for a new U.S. human rights law that he says is poisoning relations.

Washington has called the new Russian law misguided, saying it ties the fate of children to “unrelated political considerations”, and analysts say it is likely to deepen a chill in U.S.-Russia relations and harm Putin’s image abroad.

Fifty-two children whose adoptions by American parents were underway will now remain in Russia, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s child rights commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, as saying.

The new law, which has also ignited outrage among Russian liberals and child rights’ advocates, takes effect on January 1.

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Source: Chicago Tribune