Is Putin Backpedalling on Anti-US Adoption Law?
The latest announcement from Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday said that the bilateral US-Russia adoption agreement that came into force two months ago will continue to operate until next January.
As in 2014? Not as in January 1st, 2013, as stated repeatedly, as in American couples being sent home empty-handed? We personally know of a family told to come to Russia this past week for “court”, and then turned back. Has anything changed, or is it all smoke and mirrors?
The press release is in direct contradiction to what Russian Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov stated on December 25th, that the proposed move was in line with international law, and that Russia could withdraw unilaterally any time it wanted.
Then what’s the point of having an “agreement”? Over the holidays, apparently, somebody was lacing the vodka with koolaid.
His comments were in response to supposed charges by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets that the law would be in violation of both Russian family law and international human rights law.
So, what does it mean? Are Russian adoptions to Americans on hold, or on go?
Nobody knows. Adoption agencies don’t know, adoptive families don’t know, the Ministry of Education and Science overseeing adoptions won’t answer the phone. (But neither will the Embassy of the Russian Federation in DC, so I’m just sayin’.)
Have the 50-100 American families in the process of adopting from Russia received a miraculous reprieve? Entirely possible. God is greater than any demagogue.
Stay tuned, friends. As I’ve said before when it comes to Russian adoptions, it takes “nerves of steel, and knees of prayer”.
We’re here for you, no matter how this plays out.
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