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Wanted Children

In response to "Russia's Wanted Children," Feb. 28:


In the past month, I have had an opportunity to spend time with several American couples who have come to Russia to adopt Russian children.

I was impressed with the many requirements American couples must meet in order to obtain permission to bring a child to America, including background checks, physicals, home study and psychological evaluation. They also must prove that they are financially able to support a child properly in America.

As the State Duma considers the issue of international adoptions, we must remember that the issue is not about nationalism or politics, but about a child and his future. It would be sinful to deny any child a chance for real care, support and love from parents. If the laws regulating adoptions become more complicated, this would condemn many children to a homeless life without loving and caring parents and a very uncertain future.

Dr. Irina Fedyunina

Wodehouse Invitation

In response to "Fan Puts Humorist's Novel on Net," March 12:


I was delighted with your article on P.G. Wodehouse and Mikhail Kuzmenko. As a former president of The Wodehouse Society here in America, I think that the more people in the world who know about PGW's novels, musicals and films, the better.

The next Wodehouse convention will be held in my home town, Houston, Texas. If any of your readers would like to know how to register to attend, please give them my address.

Toni Rudersdorf

215 Hawthorne

Houston, TX 77006

Slovak Nuclear Deal

In response to "Slovaks Sign Power Pact in Moscow," March 21:


According to the article, the spokeswoman for the Slovak nuclear utility, Alena Melicharkova, could not give any further details of the deal, including who supplied the plant in Bohunice with nuclear fuel and the contract's value. The Socio-Ecological Union that I represent can provide you with additional information.

Soviet-designed reactors are installed at Bohunice. The Soviet Union, and later Russia, has been supplying the Slovakian nuclear industry with nuclear fuel since this plant was put into operation. The deal is valued at $150 million.

If readers have any further interest in this theme, they can contact me at the Socio-Ecological Union's Moscow office (298-3087) or by e-mail <>.

Vladimir Sliviak