If you’ve found this blog, then you’ve probably heard of the U.S.-Russian adoption. You’ve also probably heard about the American woman who put her Russian adopted child back on a plane back to Russia with a note on his chest. You’ve also probably heard about the man whose adopted child tragically died from heat exposure as a result of being left in the car all day.
It’s these examples and more that give Pavel Astakhov the moral steam to unashamedly resist Russian-U.S. adoptions. According to a recent NY Times article, Pavel Astakhov paints himself as a “fighter for the rights of Russian children,” and as one who is “fighting with those who violate children’s rights.”
The NY Times article also reports that Astakhov graduated from a KGB run law school and received a Masters of Law from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009 he became Russia’s children’s rights commissioner – though he had little expertise in the area prior to the appointment.
The article points to light at to the end of the tunnel as there may be an agreement that will bring an end to the Russia-U.S. adoption ban on January 1, 2014.
For a closer look at the man behind the ban, you can visit the personal website of Pavel Astakhov.
Thanks to the Center for Adoption Policy for highlighting this story.