Sociology and Media - Russian Adoption

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  Media
 Coverage
 and
 Public
 Reaction
 to
 New
 Dima
 Yakovlev
 Law
  The
 United
 States
 has
 adopted
 more
 Russian
 orphans
 than
 any
 other
 country.
 In
 the
  past
 few
 years
 this
 relationship
 has
 become
 somewhat
 unstable,
 ultimately
 resulting
 in
 the
  newly
 signed
 “Dima
 Yakovlev
 Law”
 that
 prevents
 American
 adoption
 of
 Russian
 children,
  among
 other
 limiting
 actions.
 
 This
 ruling
 and
 the
 events
 leading
 up
 to
 the
 decision
 have
  caused
 disquiet
 around
 the
 world
 for
 those
 on
 both
 sides
 of
 the
 issue.
 Most
 news
 sources
  try
 to
 present
 all
 viewpoints,
 while
 some
 are
 more
 opinionated
 than
 others.
 Local
 Russian
  news
 sources
 tend
 to
 report
 view
 points
 that
 support
 the
 governmental
 attitude
 and
  uphold
 Russian
 pride,
 although
 the
 government
 is
 not
 united
 in
 its
 attitude,
 while
 American
  sources
 tend
 to
 portray
 it
 as
 an
 issue
 that
 negatively
 impacts
 prospective
 parents
 and
  children
 on
 a
 personal
 level.
 
  Several
 cases
 of
 abuse
 and
 neglect
 by
 adoptive
 American
 parents
 of
 Russian
  children
 have
 caused
 worldwide
 outrage.
 Since
 adoption
 between
 the
 two
 countries
 began
  in
 the
 early
 1990s,
 at
 least
 19
 Russian
 children
 have
 been
 killed
 by
 their
 adoptive
 parents
  in
 the
 United
 States
 (RT.com).
 One
 case
 in
 particular
 caused
 the
 Russian
 government
 to
  modify
 its
 ruling
 on
 American
 adoptions.
 In
 2009
 an
 American
 woman
 adopted
 a
 6-­‐year-­‐ old
 Russian
 boy.
 Less
 than
 a
 year
 later
 she
 put
 him
 on
 a
 plane
 back
 to
 Russia
 with
 a
 note
  that
 stated
 she
 no
 longer
 wished
 to
 parent
 the
 child
 and
 wanted
 the
 adoption
 nullified,
 and
 

 

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claiming
 that
 the
 Russian
 orphanage
 had
 lied
 about
 the
 mental
 state
 of
 the
 boy
 and
 he
 had
  turned
 out
 to
 be
 very
 unstable
 (New
 York
 Times).
 The
 Russian
 orphanage
 and
 government
  were
 outraged
 that
 someone
 could
 treat
 a
 child
 in
 this
 manner,
 especially
 when
 she
 had
  spent
 several
 days
 with
 the
 child
 before
 officially
 adopting
 him.
 Officials
 called
 for
 action
 to
  be
 taken
 against
 the
 adoptive
 mother
 for
 child
 abuse,
 and
 as
 a
 consequence
 of
 the
 case,
  Russia
 decided
 in
 2010
 to
 delay
 some
 adoptions
 of
 Russian
 children
 by
 American
 parents.
  This
 case
 represents
 just
 one
 example
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