Russian parliament approves ban on adoption of orphans by U.S. citizens

Russia's lower house of parliament (the State Duma) has voted to approve the controversial ban of adoptions in the third and final reading despite strong opposition from the public, activists, mass media and state officials.
420 of 450 Lower House members voted in favor of the Dima Yakovlev bill and seven voted against with one abstention.
Protesters have picketed the State Duma office, and press and social networks continue to grill the members of parliament as the bill was discussed.
The bill now goes to the upper house (senate) of parliament, where it is expected to be voted on December 26.
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