The bill was initiated by Yevgeny Fyodorov of the United Russia faction, who suggested that the key condition for foster placement of Russian children outside Russia be “the existence of a ratified agreement on child adoption cooperation with a particular state,” with the only exception of countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States /CIS/. “Now, in countries where Russia has no such agreements, the mechanism of adopting Russian children is just a purchase… There is neither consular control nor state supervision over further fate of Russian children in such countries,” he claimed.
The idea was turned down by the Duma’s committee for the family, women and children affairs. Olga Batalina of the United Russia, the first deputy chairperson of that committee, admitted that international adoption “is not a thing Russia should be proud of,” but every possibility should be used to place orphans in foster families.
Batalina said that Russia has bilateral adoption agreements with three countries, namely Italy, France, and Spain. Agreements with the two former have already been ratified. These three countries, according to Batalina, account for up to 80% of all foreign adoptions. “So, the question is: should we ban the remaining 300 children from being adopted to other European countries, which have no adoption agreements with Russia? We should have very serious reasons for that,” she said. “The committee sees no grounds to extend the administrative ban to all states."