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Putin to Halt U.S. Adoptions


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Russsian President Vladimir Putin at a Dec. 20, 2012 Moscow press conference. He backed pending parliamentary legislation that would make it illegal for Americans to adopt Russian children.
Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images
Russsian President Vladimir Putin at a Dec. 20, 2012 Moscow press conference. He backed pending parliamentary legislation that would make it illegal for Americans to adopt Russian children.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children. The new policy, which threatens 1,500 pending adoptions, comes in response to a U.S. law which seeks to punish Russian human rights violators. We talk with a Bay Area adoption advocate about Russia's action.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Andrea Stawitcke, executive director of Bay Area Adoption Services, a parent-led, nonprofit, international adoption agency
  • Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the Unites States and Europe, senior fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution an co-author of the forthcoming book, "Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin"
  • Julia Rowlee, senior at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale; she was adopted at age 6 from Kaliningrad, Russia

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