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Congressman's son tangled in Russian adoption moratorium


UNDATED (WSAU)  The son and daughter-in-law of Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble are caught in the middle of the Russian adoption controversy. Jared and Krystal Ribble of Neenah have filed paperwork to adopt eight-year-old Alina, who lives in a Russian orphanage just east of Moscow. But the adoption was held up after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new law which bans Americans from adopting Russian children.

There have been complaints in the past about U-S parents abusing kids from Russia. And some have reportedly viewed the ban as retaliation against a new U-S law which demands sanctions against Russians who are known to violate human rights.

The U-S State Department says Russia has not provided any details on what the ban means for families like the Ribbles, who were in the normally-long adoption process before the ban took effect a week ago. Krystal Ribble tells the Appleton Post-Crescent quote, “I feel like (the girl) is on a chessboard,” and the Russians are “using her for their game. She’s just a child.”

The Ribbles are among 70 families with a group called Reece’s Rainbow, to see if they can get their adoptions moving again. Congressman Reid Ribble, a Republican from Sherwood, said he was extremely proud of his son and daughter-in-law, and the compassion and kindness they’re showing.