Posted on December 23, 2012by 

Published: 23 December, 2012, 13:49
Edited: 23 December, 2012, 17:48

US President Barack Obama signs H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, December 14, 2012. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

Over 35,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website urging the enactment of the Magnitsky Act. This would blacklist a majority of Russia’s parliamentarians, who supported a new law banning US citizens from adopting Russian children.

The petition called on the Obama administration to “identify those involved in adopting such legislature responsible under the ‘Magnitsky Act’ and thus included to the relevant list,” arguing that they “breached all imaginable boundaries of humanity, responsibility, or common sense and chose to jeopardize the lives and well-being of thousands of Russian orphans.”

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