Russia's Putin signs bill banning U.S. adoptions

The Smales family, of Bellport, adopted Luke from Russia three months ago.

The Smales family, of Bellport, adopted Luke from Russia three months ago. (12/28/12)

BELLPORT - Russian President Vladamir Putin today signed a bill prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children.

The ban is said to be retaliation for a U.S. law that calls for sanctions against Russians who violate human rights.

The Smales family, of Bellport, brought their son, Luke, home from Russia just three months ago. While their adoption is complete, this ban means that families in the pipeline to adopt from Russia can no longer do it.

Adoption attorney Aaron Britvan, who's also an adoptive parent, was shocked the ban actually passed. He says Russian orphans are now pawns in a political game, but he's hopeful the ban won't stick.

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