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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Adoption Veto Stands

MOSCOW () -- The State Duma on Friday failed to overturn President Boris Yeltsin's veto on a law on adoptions, which would strictly limit chances for a foreign family to adopt a Russian child.

The legislature voted 274-7 in support of the law, but a two-thirds majority, or 300 votes, was necessary to overturn the veto.

Yeltsin's representative in the Duma, lawyer Alexander Yakovlev, said the law was too strict in barring any non-state intermediaries from the adoption process. The bill's advocates insisted that the personal presence of potential foster parents was necessary throughout the lengthy adoption process, making it next to impossible for foreign families to consider adopting Russian children.