At issue is neglect causing harm or death. Dima Yakovlev was a Russian boy. His adoptive father abused him. It led to his death. He was acquitted on manslaughter charges.
Reprehensible negligence caused Dima's death. Lax US adoption laws and follow-through prevent knowing how other Russian orphans are treated.
America never signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Failure shows dismissiveness and contempt for children's rights. It's clear from how adopted Russian and other orphans are treated. Moscow reacted.
On December 28, Putin enacted Dima Yakovlev legislation. It's effective January 1. Addressing a Thursday State Council session, he vowed "to adopt the decree granting support to orphans, children without parental care, and especially those kids who have health problems."
US-Russia 2009 reset policies promised a "fresh start." Rhetoric was more promise than fulfillment. Washington's intentions prevent normalized relations. Obama is more belligerent than Bush. Conflict is prioritized over diplomacy.
NATO includes 10 former Soviet Republics and Warsaw Pact countries. Georgia, Ukraine and potentially others may join them.
Washington's been systematically encircling Russia and China with bases. North Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia are increasingly militarized.
Moscow isn't happy about aggressive encroachment on its borders. America's early warning radar and offensive missile defense systems target Russia belligerently.
Magnitsky legislation adds fuel to the fire. Russia knows America perhaps is more threat than ally. It's back to the future.
US/Russian relations are strained. Global war risks are too high to tolerate. Instead of cooling tensions, US policies heighten them. Anything ahead is possible.
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