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April 9th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Shipping an adopted son back to Russia

Sergev Lavrov: demanding Russia-America adoptions be frozen.

Sergev Lavrov: demanding Russia-America adoptions be frozen.

Lisa Belkin
The New York Times

There is understandable outrage in Russia after an American woman shipped her adopted 7-year-old son back to Moscow yesterday, declaring him to be “mentally unstable.”

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergev Lavrov responded this morning by demanding that all Russia-to-United States adoptions be frozen. That chill will likely affect hundreds of American families; there were 1,600 Russian children adopted in the U.S. last year. My colleague Clifford J. Levy, reporting from Moscow, quoted one family whose adoption plans now appear to be on hold.

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