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Russia is not the only country that makes it difficult to adopt its orphaned children. For example, Canadians report that the US Federal government, particularly the IRS, puts severe paperwork requirements on Canadian parents when adopting US children. Because the child was born in the US, the child is legally considered a US citizen which the Canadian parents cannot renounce for the child. When the adopted child is 18 years old, s/he can decide to retain or give up US citizenship. While the child is growing up, the Canadian parents must keep abreast of US tax law and may have to file annual 1040s and FBARs for the child, or face severe penalties for non-compliance. The extra-territorial US FATCA law, effective in 2014, will make it very difficult for the US-born, naturalized Canadian child to even have a simple bank account in Canada.
Russia may be doing a disservice to its orphaned children, but the US also does.
BTW: the US kids adopted by Canadians are generally hard-to-adopt children.
What else do you expect from the Russian government, it's run by a dictator who's election is very questionable. I'd be willing to bet the grandmother mentioned in the article made that statement not by her own choice. The sad thing here however, is the children who will never have a chance at a decent life, and a chance to grow up in a nutured and family environment. God save the children.
Adoption is a huge business. What a shame for the kids. The Russians have every right to pass this law. The US continues to think it can force its "human rights" values on other countries. We're a country that treats animals better than people, yet we complain about other countries.
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