Ban on adoptions by U.S. citizens could harm Russian orphans - minister

Russian Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov fears that a possible ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. families could harm orphans whom Russian citizens are unwilling to adopt.

"The quid pro quo logic is not right because it could hurt our children whom no one wants to adopt in Russia," Livanov said on his Twitter page on Monday.

The State Duma Constitutional Legislation Committee decided earlier to recommend that the chamber adopt a bill retaliating against the U.S. Magnitsky Act in the second reading on Dec. 19.

The committee also supported amendments that ban all adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens.

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