Duma ratifies Russian-U.S. intercountry adoption agreement

The Russian State Duma ratified an intercountry adoption agreement between Russia and the United States on Tuesday.

The document was signed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Washington on July 13, 2011. Russia had demanded that such an agreement be signed following a number of scandals involving Russian children adopted by U.S. citizens.

The document determines the adoption procedure and introduces a mechanism of control over the conditions in which adopted children live and are raised. The agreement says that a child's transfer to another state for adoption is considered only when it is impossible to find a suitable family for him in his native country.

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