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Putin wrong on Orphans but Right on Gerard Depardieu

by Phantom Ace ( 7 Comments › )
Filed under France, Headlines, Russia at December 20th, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Vladimir Putin is a mixed bag. I like his Pro Free Market economic polices, but don’t agree with some of his foreign policy. To be fair, Putin looks out for Russia’s interest. America and Russia do not always see eye to eye. It’s just the way it is.

One item I disagree with is the Russian Duma prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian orphans. I feel this is wrong and only harms the kids.

But Putin stunned many by appearing to back the draft bill. “I understand, [the bill is] an emotional response from the State Duma, but I believe it is adequate,” he said.

“What really surprised me is that journalists asked Putin questions about the anti-adoption bill several times, in a sharp form,” says Andrei Piontkovsky, a veteran Kremlin critic. “In response he read them lectures about human rights violations in the USA. From what I saw he is mostly concerned with penalizing the USA instead of the fates of real, living Russian children.”

Russia’s foreign adoption laws require that a child be rejected by prospective Russian parents — usually for health reasons — before being made available for foreign adoption.

Putin is right for standing up for Gerard Depardieu’s protest of France’s tax laws.

Speaking of movie star Gerard Depardieu’s hunt for a welcoming tax haven after renouncing his French citizenship over high tax rates, Putin displayed a surprisingly warm and understanding attitude.

“If Gerard really wants to have a residence permit or a Russian passport, you can consider it done, the issue solved positively,” Putin said. “I am sure French officials didn’t want to insult Gerard, but just as any officials, they pursue their policies…. There is a saying: ‘Anyone can hurt an artist.’ I sympathize with Mr. Depardieu’s feelings.”

Putin is wrong on prohibiting American adoptions, but right on Depardieu.

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7 Responses to “Putin wrong on Orphans but Right on Gerard Depardieu”
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  1. Mars
  2. 2 | December 20, 2012 10:41 pm

    Obozo and the rest of the left would have a litter of kittens if someone renounced their citizenship to go somewhere that taxes were lower.

  3. 3 | December 20, 2012 10:44 pm

    @ Mars:

    Buckyballs have completely sold out on their site. Damn.

  4. Mars
    4 | December 20, 2012 10:46 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    @ Mars:
    Buckyballs have completely sold out on their site. Damn.

    I know it. The clearance had a really good price.

    And that’s it. The only way to get them now is secondary market or order the chinese knockoffs.

    Which party was sending business to China again? ////

  5. irradicable
    5 | December 20, 2012 11:33 pm

    @ Mars:
    China has the market cornered on the rare-earths needed to make them too. We shoulda nuked those bastards in ’53.

  6. coldwarrior
    6 | December 21, 2012 11:06 pm

    there was some real nightmare adoptions of russian kids here in america. some of the kids were just plain insane from abuse in russia and left at orphanages or the american adoptors were not ‘parenting’ material.

    this is one time where stricter process would help

  7. Moe Katz
    7 | December 23, 2012 10:54 pm

    Funny that Putin would be so supportive of the tax dodger Depardieu. Although the Russians respect film actors as serious artists – for example, they were one country that DIDN’T bash Reagan for being an ex-movie actor.

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