Duma to start upgrading adoption mechanism right after New Year holidays

The State Duma will start to upgrade the Russian adoption mechanism and support for orphans at the very beginning of the spring session, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin told reporters on Saturday.

"I think the presidential ordinance presents systemic and well considered measures. They cover a variety of areas and competences of the authorities at various levels and all branches," Naryshkin said.

The president presented concrete initiatives for the legislative authorities, he added.

"I think the parliament may start doing this work at the very beginning of the spring session," Naryshkin said.

"I think also that the next meeting of the State Duma speaker's expert council will be dedicated to such an important subject as support to orphans and quality of the related state policy," he said.

There are plans to discuss upgrading the adoption mechanism and support for families with children that were highlighted in the State Duma statement on December 21, 2012.

The first plenary meeting of the State Duma is scheduled for Jan. 13.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to draft bills on financial support for adoptive families in Russia.

The State Duma has been recommended the immediate elaboration of laws on public control over the provision of rights of orphans and children who are not in parental custody and to amend legislative acts on children\'s services and bodies of custodianship.

The Supreme Court has been recommended to explain the new legislative norms after the entry into force of the "anti-Magnitsky law."

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