Russian parliament approves ban on US adoptions

December 21, 2012 12:46

MOSCOW - The Russian parliament overwhelmingly approved on Friday a ban on Americans adopting Russian children in retaliation for a US law that will punish Russians accused of human rights violations.

In a move likely to strain ties with Washington, the State Duma lower chamber voted 420 to 7 in favour of the bill. It will go to the Senate for approval next week and requires President Vladimir Putin's signature to enter force.

The law also enables Russia to impose visa bans and asset freezes on US citizens who have allegedly violated the rights of Russians abroad, and bars lobby and campaign groups from political activity if they receive US funding.

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