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MOSCOW, December 18 (Itar-Tass) —— The number of Russian children taken abroad and adopted into foreign families decreased by 64 percent in the past three years, Pavel Astakhov, the Russian commissioner for children’s rights, told a press conference on Tuesday.
He believes the reason is that Russian citizens became more active in adopting orphans into their families.
According to Astakhov’s information, some 65,000 children were taken by foreigners from Russia from 2000 to 2011. The United States rates the first for the number of adopted Russian children, Italy rates second, and Spain third.
The pace of Russian orphans being taken abroad dropped recently by more than half. Thus, 956 adopted Russian children were taken to the United States in 2011, as against some 2,000 in 2007.
Nineteen Russian children died at the hands of their adoptive American parents since 2000.