Russian President Vladimir Putin is outraged by the way the U.S. authorities often respond to deaths of Russian-born children adopted by U.S. parents.
"We are outraged not so much by these tragedies themselves, although this is the most horrible thing that can happen, as by the authorities' reaction, which is vindicating. That's what is bad," Putin said at a meeting with members of the Federal Assembly's Council of Lawmakers.
The U.S. judicial authorities often exempt those responsible for such deaths from legal liability, Putin said.
"State Duma deputies and regional lawmakers have done the right thing to pay attention to these incidents. This is absolutely not our choice. I'd like to repeat that we did not provoke this situation in any way," Putin said referring to a bill the State Duma plans to pass in response to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 passed by the U.S. Congress.
The State Duma constitutional legislation committee recommended to the Duma on Tuesday that it pass on the first reading a bill retaliating against the Magnitsky Act.
Russian presidential children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said Russia's bill could contain the names of 22 foreigners responsible for the deaths of Russian-born children.
The United Russia faction at the State Duma proposed on Tuesday naming the bill retaliating against the Magnitsky Act after 18-month-old Dima Yakovlev, who died after his adoptive American father left him in a locked car in a parking lot for nine hours on a hot day in 2008.
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