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President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill that bans Americans from adopting Russian children, a part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators.
Putin himself had been non-committal about the bill last week, yet he signed it less than 24 hours after receiving it from Parliament, where both upper and lower houses passed it overwhelmingly.
The bill has angered Americans and Russians who argue it victimizes children to make a political point. The law will take effect as of January 01, 2013.
The law also calls for closure of non-governmental organizations receiving American funding if their activities are classified as political.
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