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Russian human rights envoy Vladimir Lukin has urged to end uncontrollable adoptions
"It is necessary to end adoptions practiced by law firms, foundations, and all kinds of agencies as they are practically uncontrollable," Lukin said when he opened a roundtable meeting, on Monday, entitled The Child's Right to Have a Family: Adoption Problems Facing Russian Orphaned Children. Lukin noted that the number of children adopted by Russians had tended to decline every year. "Therefore, the government has to increase funds allocated on orphaned children by 1 billion rubles ($1 equals 27.71 rubles) every year," said the ombudsman. He cited poverty and complex adoption requirements as the main reasons behind that. "Russian adoptive parents appear unable to overcome all bureaucratic barriers while pursing their goal," said Lukin. In addition, he believes information on orphans is not easily accessible in Russia, which is yet another hindrance for local adopters. "We need a law to remove all adoption-related obstacles and ensure access to relevant information," said the ombudsman. Ella Pamfilova, the chairwoman of the presidential Council on Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, said there were about 170,000 orphaned children in Russia overall, while Russian families adopt no more than 7,000 kids a year, and the same number of them are adopted by foreign families. "We must not contrast foreign and Russian adoptive families, but promote both directions thereby working in children's interests," said Pamfilova
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