Russia suspends all adoptions to U.S. families

By The Associated Press
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 15, 2010; 5:59 AM

MOSCOW (AP) -- A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says all adoptions by Americans of Russian children have been suspended.

Andrei Nesterenko said at a televised briefing Thursday that the freeze will be in effect until the two countries reach an agreement on adoption procedures.

The announcement comes after an American women sent back her 7-year-old adopted Russian son to Moscow on a plane by himself. The adoptive mother said the boy had severe psychological problems and that she had been misled by his Russian orphanage.

The case has ignited strong outrage in Russia.


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