Federation Council unanimously approves anti-Magnitsky bill

The Federation Council approved on Wednesday a law prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by Americans. The bill was previously supported by Russia's State Duma in response to the Magnitsky Act.

All 143 Federation Council members voted for the law, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The law bars Americans involved in violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms from visiting Russia. Their financial and other assets shall be impounded, and they shall be prohibited from concluding property and investment deals in Russia.

The law suspends operations of NGOs engaged in political activity in Russia, which receive donations and property from U.S. citizens or organizations.

In addition, the Russian Federation Council adopted a resolution, "On Measures to Upgrade the Mechanism of Child Adoption by Russian Citizens."

"Excessive bureaucratization of the adoption procedure, uncoordinated actions by agencies supervising support to families with children, a deficit of funds for high-tech medical assistance to children, and insufficient promotion of adoption are impeding adoption of Russian children by Russian citizens," the resolution said.

"The attitude toward the protection of parenthood and childhood has to change drastically on every level," it said.

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