Children on whom courts have issued adoption rulings will leave for U.S. - Astakhov

The Russian orphans on whom there are court rulings on their adoption by U.S. families will be able to leave Russia, Russian presidential ombudsman on human rights Pavel Astakhov said.

"All children on whom there are court rulings will leave Russia for America," Astakhov told a press conference in the Interfax central office on Thursday.

Russia is not prohibiting Americans from helping Russian orphans, but Russia "wants to deal with the problem by itself," Astakhov said. "We have made the right step," he said.

Some 150 Russian children are current at different stages of adoption by U.S. citizens, Astakhov said.

"A child left yesterday. In St. Petersburg, there are seven court rulings that have not taken legal effect yet. The children will leave in a month, when they take legal effect. There are no obstacles," Astakhov said.

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