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Adoption of Russian children increases by more than 6 percent - Russian ombudsman

December 28, 2013, 19:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 28, 19:17 /ITAR-TASS/. In 2013 the adoption of Russian children increased by more than 6 percent, Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said on Saturday.

“A year passed when the Dima Yakovlel Law was adopted. The Ministry of Education and Science reports that children, who were adopted by Russian families, increased by 6.7 percent,” Astakhov said.

“I’m glad that our society faced children. In my view, in our society there is no indifferent person, who would understand that it depends on ourselves how happy our children are,” the ombudsman said.

“Over 20,000 Russian citizens have waited for adopting children since the beginning of the year. The number of Russian adoptive parents grows and will grow. It is necessary to create conditions. This is not only the federal task but this is a regional policy,” Astakhov said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

The Healthcare Ministry was set the task to guarantee medical treatment to every child. No disabled child should remain without attention and without assistance. “We’re working on. No one can help us,” he added.

The Dima Yakovlev Law, which bans the adoption of Russian children by Americans, was passed on December 28, 2012 after the tragic death of the adopted Russian child.

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