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Co-author of Dima Yakovlev law dismisses possible US entry ban

March 07, 2013, 1:43 UTC+3

Afanasyeva noted that protecting orphans had always had priority for her

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MOSCOW, March 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russian lawmaker from the Liberal Democratic Party /LDPR/ Yelena Afanasyeva, who co-authored the Dima Yakovlev law, said she sees no personal tragedy in a possible ban on her entry to the United States.

"I'm a Russian deputy, I stand up for the interests of my country, my people and our children," Afanasyeva told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

She noted that protecting orphans had always had priority for her. "We didn't give our children even in wartime; we don't allow to extradite criminals; why should we give away our own?" the lawmaker said.

Afanasyeva underlined that it was up to the U.S. authorities to blacklist the authors of the bill which Russia passed in retaliation against the Magnitsky Act.

"They can do it, but this won't change our position. We can only regret that U.S. diplomats take their revenge upon children's defenders in such a manner," she said.

Earlier, mass media outlets reported that the U.S. Congress would seek to blacklist the authors of the Russian law banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans, and put them on "the Magnitsky list."


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