Moscow seeks to ban ‘unfriendly’ nations from adopting Russian children

Russian lawmakers file a bill that would ban the adoption of Russian children by citizens of “unfriendly” countries as tensions soar over Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.

If passed, the bill would expand a 2012 law that prohibited US families from adopting Russian children.

At the time the ban provoked an outcry, with Kremlin critics saying it made Russian orphans — many with physical or mental difficulties — the victims of a standoff between Washington and Moscow.

The new bill published on the website of parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, proposes extending the ban to citizens of countries “that commit unfriendly actions” against Russia.

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