Tolstoy: U.S. senators hope to repeal the «law of Dima Yakovlev»

Tolstoy: U.S. senators hope to repeal the «law of Dima Yakovlev»© RIA Novosti. Catherine Chesnokova the image Bank

American MPs during the meeting with the delegation of the Russian Federation on the platform of the OSCE parliamentary Assembly expressed the hope that the abolition of the «Dima Yakovlev law» will contribute to the establishment of relations between the two countries, said the head of the Russian delegation, Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy.

According to Tolstoy, quoted by his press service, during the meeting head of delegation US Senator Roger Wicker pointed out that the Americans still hope the search would suit all decisions by the «law of Dima Yakovlev», adding that the issue of adoption can also be one of the points of contact for relations between the two countries.

In response to this, Tolstoy recalled that the decision to restrict adoptions by Americans of Russian orphans were adopted after a series of tragedies, and the United States at that time refused to provide an opportunity for Russian protection authorities to monitor the fate of adopted children.

«It’s a two-way street» — the words of Tolstoy’s press service.

From 1 January 2013 in Russia there is so-called «law of Dima Yakovlev», prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, adopted after several high profile cases of abuse by American adoptive parents with adopted children from Russia, where the perpetrators went unpunished. He got named after the two-year boy from Russia Dima Yakovlev who died in 2008 in the US after the adoptive father left him all day in the car in the sun.