Moscow hopes adopted Russian children will not be discriminated against in U.S.

The Russian Foreign Ministry hopes that "double-standard" situations where U.S. citizens convicted of abusing children they adopted from Russia receive only short prison terms will not reoccur in the future.

"All these instances show that the American judicial system, regrettably, is unable to guarantee the principle of unavoidable and adequate punishment for offenses committed against adopted Russian children. Hopefully, the U.S. officials responsible for court proceedings will subsequently refrain from applying any discriminatory approach and double standards when underage Russian children are mistreated by their U.S. adoptive families," the ministry said on its website on Thursday.

The State Duma Constitutional Legislation and State Development Committee recommended to the house on Tuesday to pass in the first reading a bill retaliating against the U.S. Magnitsky Act.

Russian children's human rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov has said that another 22 foreigners convicted of child abuse could be added to the list included in Russia's response to the U.S. Magnitsky Act.

The United Russia faction at the State Duma proposed naming the bill retaliating against the Magnitsky Act after 18-month-old Dima Yakovlev died after his adoptive American father left him in a locked car in a parking lot for nine hours on a hot day.

The first deputy chairman of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Vyacheslav Nikonov, said he thinks that the bill should be dedicated to the memory of all children who fell victim to the cruelty of U.S. adoptive parents.

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