In banning adoptions by Americans, Putin looks childish

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 7:12 PM

The ban is not only a cruel blow to many children, some of whom already had met their adoptive-parents-to-be, but has greatly exacerbated tensions with the United States.

  • 14
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
larrymickDec. 28, 12 2:54 PM

Go to your ophanages, Putin, and then say with a straight face that your system can take care of these children.

9
1
kinnickDec. 28, 12 3:16 PM

Wouldn't this be a great time to over turn Roe vs Wade???? 300,000 American children were aborted last year by 'choice'!That's a lot of adoptions and saves a lot of travel.

4
16
luzhishenDec. 28, 12 3:41 PM

"Putin's venom also spewed out at nongovernmental organizations with U.S. funding, now banned from political activity in Russia. " Imagine having all sorts of Russian-funded organizations running around the USA with various political and religious agendas. We wouldn't put up with it, either. As for the adoptions, I thought there were hundreds of thousands of children here who need families...what's driving the demand for Russian children?

5
2
ak13741Dec. 28, 12 3:46 PM

This only shows how ignorant these leaders of some countries are when they put their own needs and ambitions before their people.

5
3
nogophersDec. 28, 12 3:52 PM

Putin is a thug who has just made life worse for many Russian children and American families. Many adopted have alcohol-related birth defects and special needs...No way will most of these children find a good home in Russia.

6
3
jo1glexDec. 28, 12 4:09 PM

I'm friends with at least 4 families who have adopted kids from Russia. Two of the families are now being stressed to the limit by the kids' Fetal Alcohol Effect symptoms. A couple of these kids are already in the US juvenile incarceration system due to their disabilities. The consequences of the social collapse of Russia are appalling. The Russian culture also does not seem to place a priority on adopting non-biologically-related children.

That said, Russia has national pride and they do place a value on their sovereignty. They are not particularly keen on for-profit groups with religious ties and political and financial motives serving as the middlemen for Americans willing to spend large amounts of money to adopt white babies.

I also have friends and relatives who have adopted American children, and children from Somalia and Vietnam. These children are not caucasian, however. There are parents willing to adopt any child in desperate need, regardless of race. They are not especially interested in the problems particular to Russian adoptions, and they are sensitive the fact that this has been a rising source of resentment against America in Russia. To say that Putin's signing of the ban is upping the tension is exactly backwards; the tension was already there and increasing to the point that it became enough of a political problem that Putin had to act. He is responsible to Russian people; not Americans.

5
2
muggsh2oDec. 28, 12 4:16 PM

Its funny how Americans think they can tell other countries what to do and what laws to pass. Truth is, and a huge part not being reported, the adoption fiasco is a multi billion dollar industry and Putin is probably going to corner the market away from the American companies reaping all the money. We're a country that kills 300,000+ unborn babies a year since 1972. 99% of these killings are for convenience reasons and we're trying to lecture other countries? Whatever!

3
9
bgronniDec. 28, 12 4:44 PM

Getting even with the Russian orphans. Vlad, what did they do anyway?

4
1
iversondDec. 28, 12 4:53 PM

I am very curious what your average Russian citizen thinks of all of this. Does your average citizen believe Russian children without able parents are better off in Russian orphanages or American homes?

6
2
mssportstfanDec. 28, 12 4:54 PM

Do we want to adopt Russian children because it's chic? Maybe we should try and find homes for the children in our own cities before we try and live like the " Jones"

6
2

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

  • about opinion

  • The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.

  • Submit a letter or commentary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT