Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich addressed an open message to the Russian president Vladimir Putin concerning Dima Yakovlev Law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
Popular performer calls Putin to put a veto upon the parliament's initiative, a bill retaliating against the Magnitsky Act after 18-months-old Dima Yakovlev who died after his adoptive American father left him in a locked car in a parking lot for nine hours on a hot day.
Open letter to the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin
I am applying to you not as to a president, but as to a person who raised his own children.
Certainly, it's unpleasant when they try to humiliate your country. Yes, it is embarrassing that this country is unable to resolve the issue of orphans today. But you are well aware that under the agreement Americans could adopt only those children whom our citizens wouldn't adopt.
You know the reason -- the matter is about children with bad hereditary diseases. I doubt that greater part of those who now support Duma’s initiative are aware of that. Our country can not ensure treatment for these children today, but America can. With its decision Duma is virtually depriving these children from their right to live. Their lives should not be used as playing cards in political games.
Yes, we should deal with this problem on our own. Moreover, we should have been doing this a long time ago. Beautiful speeches from tribunes will bring no change and you well know that – miracles never happen. Will we encourage adopting parents by paying them? But one can’t buy love for an ill child.
Vladimir Vladimirovich, likely hundreds of ill children will die owing to this law. Their deaths will be a heavy sin on the souls of deputies who voted for the act, of course, if they have any. It will be a sin on your soul as well, Vladimir Vladimirovich.
The level of righteousness in the country is now the lowest of the low. Please, don’t drop it even lower.
WKT citing Moskovski Komsomolets