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Dima Yakovlev law to stay in place - ombudsman

15:52 31/05/2013

MOSCOW, May 31 (RAPSI) - The Dima Yakovlev law will be neither reviewed nor canceled, Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov told journalists on Friday.

A day earlier, members of the US House of Representatives and the State Duma discussed the adoption issue. Congressman Steve Cohen said they considered the possibility of moving the post-placement supervision of US families with Russian adoptees to the federal level.

State Duma Committee for the Family, Women and Children head Yelena Mizulina said the Dima Yakovlev law could be reviewed in light of the congressmen's promises.

The Dima Yakovlev law prohibiting US nationals from adopting Russian children was signed by President Vladimir Putin in late 2012 and came into force in January 2013.

Dima Yakovlev, who was then 21 months old, died in July 2008 after his adoptive father Michael Harrison left him in a locked car in a parking lot for nine hours. Harrison was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.

The law also provides for blacklisting alleged US rights abusers for entry to Russia, and for seizing their assets and suspending their companies' operations in Russia.  It was adopted in response to the US Magnitsky Act.

On Dec. 6, 2012, the US Senate approved the Magnitsky Act, stipulating visa sanctions for Russians who are believed by the Senate to have been involved in human rights violations. The law evoked severe criticism from the State Duma.

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Dima Yakovlev law to stay in place - ombudsman

15:52 31/05/2013 The Dima Yakovlev law will be neither reviewed nor canceled, Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov told journalists on Friday. The Dima Yakovlev law prohibiting US nationals from adopting Russian children was signed by President Vladimir Putin in late 2012 and came into force in January 2013.
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