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Russia to OK cleared U.S. adoptions

AFP-JIJI

Russian children whose adoption has already been approved by the courts will be able to go to the United States despite a blanket ban on American adoptions, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Dmitry Peskov declined to give further details but Russian officials said Friday that 52 children were in the process of being adopted by U.S. parents when the controversial ban on adoptions of Russian children by Americans came into force Jan. 1.

Citing a preliminary figure, Kremlin children’s rights envoy Pavel Astakhov said that 52 children were at various stages of being adopted by Americans and that he had requested firm data from the Education and Science Ministry.