Russian orphans whose adoption is complete can leave for U.S. - Astakhov

Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has confirmed that the orphans who have been adopted by Americans can leave Russia.

"The children for whom there are court rulings will leave," Astakhov told Interfax on Friday.

At the same time, he did not specify whether the orphans who have been adopted by Americans will stay in Russia. "This information is secret," he said.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov earlier said in an interview with Dozhd television: "As regards those who have not had the time to leave, but for whom all formalities have been completed, and if some wrong steps are being made on them, we will naturally consider these cases. These are children and we have always treated and will always treat children with great attention. No one will approach this issue in a formal way."

Peskov said that "there is a law and this law states that adoptions are banned."

"The children for whom there are court rulings will leave to be united with their new parents," Peskov said. In those cases where certain legal procedures have not been completed, a full ban on adoptions by Americans becomes effective," Peskov said.

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