The Other Russia Story We Need to Talk About Is Adoption

The Russian government uses orphans as political pawns.
The story of thousands of innocent Russian children in need of adoption has been lost amid the daily flood of news about Russia and the hyped-up debate over whether “adoption” is some kind of code for “sanctions” when it comes to high-level Russian-American meetings.
We shouldn’t miss the opportunity to be a voice for these young victims of Russia’s stubborn regime.
Their plight stems from the 2012 Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law that imposed sanctions on Russia in response to human rights abuses by Russian officials. President Vladimir Putin retaliated by imposing a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
For years until then, American families had labored through an onerous process to adopt an average of 3,000 Russian children annually.
But the cold-hearted action of Putin, labeled a dictator by many of his critics, dramatically decreased the chance for thousands of orphans to have a family

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