Fedotov is opposed to total ban on foreign adoptions of Russian orphans

Head of the Russian presidential council for human rights Mikhail Fedotov thinks that a total ban on foreign child adoptions should not be permitted.

"It should not be permitted that the idea initiated by one of the deputies that foreign adoptions be banned altogether would materialize," he said to Interfax.

He arrived as an observer to the Sunday opposition procession in Moscow against the law banning child adoptions by U.S. citizens.

"Such [foreign] adoptions can be banned but only after the last orphanage in Russia is closed," he said.

In Fedotov's opinion, the Russian authorities should strive to have orphans adopted by relatives in the first place and Russian families in the second.

"These are the main priorities that should exist. The adoption of Russian children by foreigners come in the third place," he said.

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