Dima Yakovlev’s Bill, passed in 2012, stopped adoption of Russian orphans to 16 countries, including America. This created orphans for a second time around. Families who had already gone through most of the process and met and bonded with their children were now banned from bringing them home.
There are currently about 500,000 orphans in Russia. The country is charged with housing, clothing, and feeding all of these children who have no parents, no families. But what of the Russians themselves? Sadly, the majority of them (70%) support Yakovlev’s Bill which halted international adoptions. Yet only a minuscule 1% will actually step up and adopt these children.
Of all the crimes in the world, crimes against children are the worst. Certainly, this is a crime.