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Russia's Astakhov Says Americans Adopting Despite Ban

Russia's child rights ombudsman says American citizens continue to adopt Russian children despite a ban.

Pavel Astakhov said on February 10 that he intends to ask the Supreme Court to look into lower courts' rulings that he said had allowed U.S. citizens to adopt Russian children despite the Dima Yakovlev law.

The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in December 2012, bars Americans from adopting Russian children.

It was adopted in retaliation to a U.S. law imposing asset freezes and visa bans on Russians accused by the United States of human rights abuses, including those believed involved in the death of a whistleblowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow jail in 2009.

Astakhov said that in some cases, people with dual U.S. and Russian citizenship have adopted Russian children, wihich he said violates the law.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax

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