Russia has banned adoptions of local children by U.S. citizens.
On Thursday, April 15, reported the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Andrei Nesterenko. According to him, the resumption of this practice will be possible only after the signing of the bilateral agreement.
Previously about the possible suspension of the adoption, stated Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. He linked this decision with the recent incident with the seven year old Artyom Savelyev, whom returned to Russia by American adoptive mother.
Nesterenko did not specify when and by whom the decision was made to suspend adoptions. In Russia these issues are handled by the Department of state policy in the sphere of upbringing, additional education and child welfare Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation. On the official website of the Ministry dedicated to the adoption, is not yet announced by the representative of the foreign Ministry information.
According to Nesterenko, the Russian side intends to immediately conclude with US the contract, which will contain “an effective mechanism for monitoring the life of adopted children”, and in the near future will be held a bilateral meeting to discuss the issue.
According to statistics of the Ministry of education (data for 2007), out of the total number of adoptions of Russian children by foreign citizens, almost half of the United States. Second and third places are occupied by Spain and Italy respectively.
Earlier it was reported that the foster mother Artem Saveliev abandoned the child because of the peculiarities of his mental condition, about which it warned the Russian authorities. In connection with the incident The Ministry of education has suspended the activities of the Agency that organized the adoption.
At the same time, the Prosecutor’s office found no violations during the process of adoption Savelyev.
We will remind, in March 2010, American police arrested a married couple in the County of York, in Pennsylvania, on charges of murder in August 2009 adopted son from Russia.