Americans Perplexed Over Russian Adoption Ban

Russia has many unwanted, uncared for children


Anyone unfamiliar with the hyperbole of post-Cold War politics might be perplexed by Moscow's move to outlaw American adoption of Russian orphans.

More than 60,000 Russian children once condemned to a hellish institutional life have been brought into U.S. homes over the last two decades, most of them suffering disabilities that would have gone untreated had they been left in the Dickensian orphanages of their homeland. The disabled remain victims of stigma in Russia, while a struggling economy and the Stalin-era brand of orphans being "children of the enemies of the people" continue to dissuade Russians from adopting their own unfortunates.