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U.S.-Russian Adoption Talks Reportedly Making Little Progress

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By Richard Solash
WASHINGTON -- Little progress has reportedly been made in talks between U.S. and Russian officials on easing Moscow's ban against U.S. adoptions of Russian children.

Konstantin Dolgov, Russia's commissioner for human rights, democracy, and rule of law, arrived in Washington on April 17 for two days of talks on the ban, which took effect on January 1.

U.S. Congressional sources say the meetings have so far not moved closer to restoring the ability of U.S. citizens to adopt Russian children.

The sources say Russia has also refused to permit the completion of hundreds of U.S. adoptions that were in progress when the ban took effect.

Many of those children have reportedly been matched with Russian families.

Russia imposed the adoption ban in retaliation for Washington's “Magnitsky Act,” sanctions legislation that targets Russian rights abusers.

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