Russia allows foreign adoption only by Italians

Timothy Kincaid

November 30th, 2013

It appears that the Russian government’s children’s rights minister, Pavel Astakhov, has determined that Italy is the only nation that meets Russia’s qualifications to allow Russian children to be adopted. (rbth)

“It turns out that Italy is currently the only country whose citizens are able to adopt Russian children because, first of all, this country refused to recognize same-sex marriage, which, for its part, does not require Russia to change the existing agreement, and, secondly, they [the Italians] abide by the terms of this treaty. That is all,” Astakhov said.

Russian legislators recently banned heterosexual parents living in countries where same-sex marriage is legal from adopting their precious baby Russians. This appears to be expanded, de facto, to any nation that offers any measure of equality or dignity to their gay citizens. Italy does not.

But if Russian children go without families, don’t point at them.

“It is not our fault. You [foreign partners] should work harder if you want international adoption to continue. Our priorities differ from yours. We generally prioritize the adoption of children inside the country,” he said.

Although this sounds too wacky to be anything but a spoof, it comes from Russia Beyond the Headlines, a Russian state-owned newspaper.

Ben in Oakland

December 1st, 2013

Why is it that when someone claims their antigay hatred is for the children…

It never, ever is?

Atriokke

December 1st, 2013

Without the supernatural element, i.e. burning in eternal hell-fire, I can’t see how a gay marriage supporting country decays a child’s welfare.

Russia is seems to want to cement a legendary name for itself as the most intolerant place for gay people. I wonder how the history books will preserve this story 100 years from now.

Corey Mondello

December 1st, 2013

Maybe they should stop letting their citizens travel to the USA. Seems last Russian I heard about tortured a dog so badly she had to be put to sleep. This happened in Boston, MA. (“Puppy Doe” or “Kiya” if u want to do a search) He over stated his VISA, and the only reason he isn’t out of jail and sent back to Russia is, he is going to be held accountable. Now please keep your trash, we already have enough here.

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