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Russian Orthodox Church backs ban on US adoptions

December 31, 2012

The Russian Orthodox Church has thrown its support behind a government proposal to bar adoption of Russian children by US couples.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the chief foreign-affairs spokesman for the Moscow patriarchate, said that it would be unjust to send orphans abroad because “they won’t get a truly Christian upbringing.”

The public stand by the Orthodox Church is seen by skeptics as another sign of the Moscow patriarchate’s determination to win favor with the government.

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