In a world where there are few positive things to write about it is a joy to report that there are some people who will stand up for people they don't even know because it is the right thing to do. What does this mean? In the recent ban set in motion by President Vladimir Putin of Russia prohibiting United States families from adopting any of their 740,000 orphans, anger has spread through Russia. This is the result of a tit-for-tat political war with President Barack Obama and the United States over moral issues. Yes, you heard that right, Russians are unhappy with this ban and are planning to march on Sunday January the 13th in favor of the U.S. family and in protest of their own government.
“Moscow City Hall gave permission for a march with the participation of up to 20,000 people, Moscow security chief Alexei Mayorov told RIA Novosti. The march will follow the same route as two of last year’s protests against the rule of President Vladimir Putin. But opposition leaders stressed that Sunday’s rally was a separate event,” reported Rianovosti.
Things are really beginning to heat up according to the report. It seems they foresee key opposition figures attending the march and demanding dissolution of parliament over the adoption matter. Even though their polls show 56 percent are for the ban, there are nearly as many who are more than upset over it.
In a new development yesterday, an agreement was reached that would allow current adoptions time to go through. In the agreement, the ban would not take effect in 2013 as previously stated but instead would go into effect in 2014. This is giving U.S. families a year to complete their adoptions that were already in motion, thus saving these families the heartache they were already grieving about since the first word of this ban came to everyone's knowledge, just before Christmas one month ago.
Could Sunday's march against the ban on U.S. adoptions have played a factor in yesterday's change in attitude by Putin and the Russian government? Were there other inside or political pressures? No one knows for sure, but the world was very upset at this unjust action against the children. These orphans deserve much more than to be used as pawns. These words and this attitude have reverberated throughout the world.
The world will be watching as events play out. Our prayers go out to the hundreds of thousands of orphaned children who's lives are in political limbo.
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