The US state Department refuses to create the database of adopted Russian children, said in the state Duma

© AP Photo / Luis M. AlvarezЗдание of the US state Department in Washington. Archival photoThe US state Department refuses to create the database of adopted Russian children, said in the state Duma© AP Photo / Luis M. Alvarez

The US state Department continues to shy away from cooperation with Russia to establish a joint database of adoptable American children who are citizens of the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti Deputy Secretary of the General Council «United Russia», Deputy of the state Duma Olga batalina.

Five years ago, December 21, 2012, the state Duma adopted the «Dima Yakovlev law» banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens. He was adopted after several high profile cases of abuse by American adoptive parents with adopted children from Russia, where the perpetrators went unpunished. The law was 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. The law came into force on 1 January 2013.

«The U.S. Department of state continues to shy away from cooperation to establish a joint database of children who are citizens of Russia, adopted by Americans, citing a law on the protection of personal information, which provides, inter alia, the written consent of individual to disclosure information of a personal nature. All interviewed competent U.S. authorities, U.S. citizens who have adopted Russian children, refused to consent, fearing the disclosure of information in the media,» — said batalina.

The MP stressed that the American side also rejects the proposal of the Russian Federation on conducting consultations with the participation of representatives of the concerned departments or the creation of any intergovernmental structures.

Batalina recalled that «Dima Yakovlev law» was adopted in connection with repeated cases of abuse in the United States with Russian orphans. As the Deputy noted, these crimes are not found adequate assessment of American justice. «In addition, at that time, the Russian side almost completely lost the ability to control the fate of our children, who lived in the U.S.,» said batalina.

According to the Deputy, in the five years since the adoption of the law the situation has not changed for the better. The MP cited the data of the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation, according to which adoptive parents from the United States still do not provide timely reports on the conditions of upbringing of children adopted from Russia. Batalina added that all established quality cooperation between the competent services of Russia and the United States. In addition, the Consulate American parents made only slightly more than half of the children of the 62 thousand adopted from Russia since 1992, said the Deputy.

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