Mr Putin

Mr Putin

What’s all the fuss about?
Vladimir Putin has signed a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children, according to the Kremlin. The law is due to come into force on 1 January.

Soon after the ban was made public, the hashtag #PutinEatsKids started trending on Twitter, with thousands lining up to criticise the Russian president for a policy that will block scores of Russian children from moving to the US, one of the major destinations for the country’s orphans, many of whom languish in substandard care provided by the Russian state.

The law is a direct reaction to the recently signed Magnitsky Act in the US, which imposes travel and financial sanctions on Russian officials suspected of involvement in the 2009 killing of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death in prison after exposing fraud perpetrated by Russian officials –

It seems any questioning over Russian human rights abuses only results in policies such as this, designed to cause further suffering and international condemnation. So what course should the US adopt in its dealings with Putin? Thoughts in the COMMENTS below…