MOSCOW, December 19 (Itar-Tass) — The State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament is expected to consider the 2nd reading of the bill which is a response to the Magnitsky Act adopted by the USA. The issue is not on the official agenda yet, but the dedicated committee for constitutional legislation and state development recommended to discuss it at the plenary meeting which begins at 10:00, Moscow time.
Last Friday, the house approved the first reading of the initiative brought forward by house speaker Sergei Naryshkin and the leaders of all the four parliament factions, which 381 lawmakers and 138 members of the Federation Council later supported. The concept endorsees visa and financial restrictions for the persons who violated Russians' rights in the USA.
On Tuesday, the dedicated committee supported the proposal to expand the operation of the "anti-Magnitsky" bill to the states which, like the USA, decided to ban the entry into their countries and arrest the assets of those Russians who they believe are involved in violation of human rights.
The author of the initiative is lawmaker representing the All-Russia People's Front Mikhail Starshinov /United Russia faction/.
On Monday, the Committee supported the amendment to ban the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, as well as the denunciation of the Russian-U.S. child adoption agreement.
Yekaterina Lakhova, one of the authors of the latest amendments, told Tass that aside from direct adoption of Russian children by U.S families, there is also a ban on the operation of the agencies that select children from Russia for adoptive parents from the USA.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov objected to the ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and the denunciation of the Russian-US agreement in this field "I believe it is wrong," he told Russian media outlets, "international adoption as institution has a full right to existence. The main thing is that it should be effected in a civilized way. This is what we were seeking as we concluded the relevant accords with the USA, France and Italy. Now everything will depend on the position of the parliamentary majority, the United Russia faction."