The ban on the adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, known as the “law of Dima Yakovlev” continues to be one of the hottest topics discussed last week. During the discussion of the law at the Federal Assembly, numerous meetings took place across the country of both supporters and opponents of the bill. The residents of St. Petersburg were especially active — they took to the streets before the final reading of the bill at the Federation Council.
Daria Dedova, a spokesman for the Trade Union of Russian citizens:
“It’s about time we should stop paying tribute to America with our children. We definitely have problems, we have orphaned children, there are many children living in orphanages. But give the opportunity to Russian parents to adopt them. While Russian dads and moms are busy with paperwork, people from abroad are quick to pay for everything and get their children. This law is now being discredited by the liberal part of the society, led by the United States. Because this is another step towards full sovereignty for our country.”
Irina Gizatullina, a member of the Trade Union of Russian citizens:
“I do not like it when in America adopted children are tormented and tortured, or even killed. And they do not carry any responsibility for that.”
Natalia Tsymbalova, Coordinator of the Alliance of Heterosexuals for Equality of LGBT:
“We condemn this “antimagnitsky” law, of course. We think its terrible, inhuman and shameful for the whole country. We have come here to express support to the U.S. government for the adoption of the “Magnitsky Act.” We believe that this law is in the interests of the Russian citizens. Because the system of justice that we have here does not work as it should, and we do not have any way to achieve fairness and justice.”
The participants of the rally tried to express their protests in various forms.
“This is a little poem that I have here, “Reagan come back, Empire of Evil resurrect.”
However, the supporters of the Dima Yakovlev law won the competition in creativity. A woman brought her daughter to the rally, who, as she said, was beaten by her father in the United States. The girl tore up her American passport.
The Federation Council unanimously approved the Dima Yakovlev law. However, the number of critics of the law has not decreased.
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