Law enforcement agents detain participants in a picket against passing the law banning adoption of Russian children by American citizens, near the Russian State Duma. (c)RIA Novosti, photographer: Maxim Blinov.
WASHINGTON -- A ban on US citizens adopting Russian children has been approved by the Duma, but it still needs approval by the upper Parliament and Putin's signature to become law.
Voice of Russia's Crystal Park talks with Moscow correspondant Dmitri Babich:
Putin has not yet made a definite statement as to whether he will sign the ban into law, saying that he had not yet read the full text of the proposal.
Babich says that he question of international adoption is all over the Russian newspapers today, and Putin had to field eight questions on the subject during a recent press conference. Despite the anxiety, however, the US is allowed at least a year's warning even if the ban does go into effect.
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