U.S. envoy to Russia criticizes bill to ban American adoptions

MOSCOW Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:41am EST

Michael McFaul, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, gestures during his speech at the New Economic School in Moscow June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Michael McFaul, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, gestures during his speech at the New Economic School in Moscow June 7, 2012.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United State's ambassador to Moscow criticized on Friday a Russian bill to ban American adoptions of Russian children and U.S.-funded non-profit groups in a row over U.S. human rights legislation.

U.S. ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul said in a statement: "We are very concerned by measures... that would link the fate of orphaned children to unrelated political issues."

He said the bill, which still needs to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin before becoming law, would also "deprive Russian civil society activists engaged in 'political activities' of the ability to work with Americans of their choice."

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)

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Russia is not the us government puppet. Russians officials can decide what laws benefit the country and protect Russian kids from dying by irresponsible and negligent parents. US officials are criticizing Russians because a prisoner is dead in jail but what about the bush government that used all kinds of hash interrogation methods on detainees, such as water-boarding,sleep deprivations, and else. Where are all the human rights organizations? Why they don’t stand up and fight against those abusive interrogation methods?

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