Russian official reassures US adoptive parents

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 3:33 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's children rights ombudsman has insisted that American families in legal limbo in their attempts to adopt children will be allowed to take them back to the U.S.

A Russian law banning adoptions by U.S. citizens was rushed through parliament in December and sped to President Vladimir Putin's desk in less than 10 days in retaliation over a U.S. law calling for sanctions on Russians identified as human-rights violators.

Russian courts ruled in favor of 52 U.S. families before the ban was enacted. But many of these families have told the Associated Press that authorities in Russia are refusing to turn over these children.

Pavel Astakhov said Friday that Russia would honor the court decisions but did not elaborate on the timeline or say what the families should do now.

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