Putin Signs U.S. Adoption Ban

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin watches an unveiling ceremony of the second leg of the Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline during a live video link from the event site in the Far East city of Khabarovsk at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on December 25, 2012. Russia's upper house of parliament unanimously backed today a bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, leaving the controversial measure in the hands of Putin. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI/ POOL/ ALEXEI NIKOLSKY        (Photo credit should read ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty

    Not exactly surprising, but devastating nonetheless. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill on Friday that will ban all overseas U.S. adoptions. The unprecedented move is part of a harsh response by Putin for a U.S. law that targets alleged human-rights violators—a feud that escalated after a Russian judge on Friday acquitted the only official to go to trial in the death of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer whose case inspired the U.S. law. While some top Russian officials—including the foreign minister—have been outspoken against the ban, it easily passed both houses of Parliament and Putin signed it less than 24 hours after it appeared on his desk. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said to the state news agency that “practically, all adoption stops on Jan. 1.”

    Read it at CBS News