An increasingly anti-American sentiment in Russia has led to the passing of a new law that would ban American citizens from adopting Russian children. The bill puts into limbo the fate of 52 orphans who were in the process of being adopted by Americans.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Friday that would prevent Americans from adopting Russian children.
The bill was passed unanimously earlier this week by Russia's parliament.
UNICEF has estimates that there are about 74,000 children not in parental custody in Russia.
According to the U.S. State Department, Americans adopted around 1,000 Russian children last year. A Russian children's rights organization says the bill has terminated the pending adoptions of 52 orphans.
"Senators, fight corruption, not orphans!"
"We support the Dima Yakovlev bill!"
"Do not involve children in politics"
"We support the bill!"
"Destroy Putin's authoritarianism. Don't pass the bill written by scoundrels."
"Hands off children!"
"Lawmakers, children are not your ownership"
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