Commissioner for children’s rights under the President of the Anna Kuznetsova did not rule out that Russia might enter into negotiations with US officials on the protection of children’s rights. The main theme in the sphere of protection of children’s rights between Russia and the United States — the so-called “law of Dima Yakovlev”. The document prohibits the adoption of Russian children by Americans. The resumption of dialogue became possible after the U.S. elected a new President, who became a Republican Donald trump.
“The trend towards the resumption of dialogue is already there. Wait, when the new administration [the US] will be prepared to meet,” said Kuznetsov at the meeting of coordination Council at the President on the implementation of the national strategy of actions in interests of children. According to her, she “recently” met with specialists of the Ministry of foreign Affairs (MFA) and discussed with them the issues of adoption of Russian children by Americans.
On specifying question of journalists, whether the resumption of dialogue between Russian and us officials to lead to the abolition of the “law of Dima Yakovlev”, Kuznetsova refused to answer.
The usual procedure of adoption of Russian children by foreigners has changed significantly on 1 January 2013, when entered into force the so-called “law of Dima Yakovlev” (the official name of the document “On measures of influence on persons involved in violations of fundamental rights and freedoms of the person, rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation”). The document imposed a ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens. In early July 2008 adopted by US citizens Dmitry Yakovlev died because of what was left of the American father in the heat in a closed car. He forbade the adoption of children from Russia by U.S. citizens.
This document, as suggested by the deputies of the state Duma, was to be a symmetrical response to the Magnitsky act, which forbade entry into the United States a number of Russian officials and have assumed the freezing of their accounts.
The “law of Dima Yakovlev” was criticized by the public and human rights activists, and senior officials — in particular, the Minister for open government Mikhail Abyzov, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, former Minister of education Dmitry Livanov, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Chairman of the presidential Council on human rights Mikhail Fedotov, and ex-Ombudsman for human rights Vladimir Lukin.
Appointed on 9 September for the post of children’s Commissioner Kuznetsova has previously talked about plans of corrections “law of Dima Yakovlev”, reported by “RIA Novosti”. According to her, spelled out in the document restrictions should be accompanied by support measures to encourage adoption of children with disabilities and children with special needs.
President Vladimir Putin in December 2015 are urged not to hurry with the revision of the law, pointing to the fact that foreigners wanted to adopt children with disabilities from Russia.