December 17, 2012

The Russian parliament will vote this week on a bill banning adoption of Russian children by Americans, in retaliation to the Magnitsky Act passed by the United States last week, lawmakers said Monday.

The Russian bill, unofficially named the “Dima Yakovlev bill”, was approved in an initial reading Friday in a move by Moscow to retaliate against the Magnitsky Act.

The US law blacklists officials believed to be implicated in the 2009 death in jail of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, banning them from entering the United States and freezing their US assets.

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